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October 29, 2014

My Thoughts on Starshine

Since childhood I've been fascinated by stars.  We used to live in Northern Minnesota, far from any lights from town, and the stars shone so clear and bright. When I was four I used to think stars looked like sparkling eyes staring back at me.  The first time I remember seeing a shooting star was on the deck of a…
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March 17, 2013

Lift Jesus Higher

I know how difficult it can be to write a worship song. (more…)
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January 12, 2009

Glorious Domain

If you happen to be a sports fan, you may notice that teams from Pittsburgh are doing quite well as of late. The Steelers just won yesterday and are looking like a serious Superbowl contender. The Pitt men's basketball team is ranked #1 in the country and they are becoming more and more of a solid NCAA tournament sweet 16…
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January 2, 2009

Jeans

When I was a young boy I never wore jeans.  I always tried to wear sweatpants.  I had a pair of jeans once, but they were way too tight for an active kid like myself.  I assumed all jeans were meant to fit like that, so for years I never wore them.
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November 11, 2008

Gas Prices

I know my dad would have really enjoyed the last couple months.  He was always obsessed with gas prices... always trying to find the best deal.  He'd get upset if he spent $2.95 on gas at a station and saw another one later at $2.94.  I can hardly remember a trip in the car where he didn't comment on the…
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August 13, 2008

Airports

Remember the days before 9/11 when you could pass through security and see people off at the gate?  I kinda miss those days.  Sometimes I would drive to Detroit Metro airport with friends and we would pass through security and just watch people at the gates.  Most airports were designed and built prior to 2001, so all of their restaraunts…
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June 23, 2008

Challenger and I’m Seven Again

We've been watching a great series called "When We Left Earth" on the Discovery Channel. Matt and I Tivo-ed it last night (ps- LOVE Tivo) and watched it a few hours ago. This episode covered a wide range of material, and mixed in it was the Challenger explosion. As we watched the back story on it and then transitioned into…
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May 29, 2008

Purpose

"For I know the plans I have for you... plans to prosper you and not to harm you... plans to give you a hope and a future." This verse from Jeremiah was my dad's favorite scripture. Looking back over some of his writings, I can see how much this verse impacted his life.  He believed that God had given him…
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May 22, 2008

Arch Nemesis

Dad's arch-nemesis was any man in black and white stripes. It didn't matter if you found them on a football field, basketball court, or baseball stadium... chances are that these men were there and making a "bad call" or else they were accused of pulling a "homer"... meaning that they made calls that favored the home team. This came in…
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May 19, 2008

10 Days Later

It's hard to believe that tomorrow marks ten days since Dad passed away. We are still seeing friends sign the guestbook at the funeral home and Butler Eagle and I've been updating them on this site as they are written. Jill videotaped the memorial service and we hope to have that posted online for those of you who couldn't make…
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May 16, 2008

Flying Home

Jill and I are leaving tomorrow evening to head back to MN. We will be flying out to California to visit Beth and the kids on Thursday (a trip already planned a couple months back). Mom is flying out a week from tomorrow to spend a couple weeks in CA. As we get back into the swing of things, I…
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May 16, 2008

Online Guestbook from Butler Eagle

The following is a collection of notes over the past week from the Butler Eagle website. To view simply click on the following link -> How kind God is to have given Paul and Phyllis to me as friends and mentors in my teenage years. Words will never adequately express the depth of love and care I received from the…
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May 16, 2008

Online Guestbook from Funeral Home

This is a collection of notes over the past week from the Wujek-Calcaterra website. Phill, Allen email (Tuesday, May 20th, 2008) Paul was a wonderful Godly man with a quick wit and marevlous spirit. I enjoyed many talks with him he will be missed. We send our best to Phyllis and your loving family. Phill Allen family. Eric Grubbs email…
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May 14, 2008

Tribute Video

We just returned from the memorial service not long ago. It was a great time of celebration of Dad's life and where he is now. Below is the tribute video that we showed during the service. Press "play now" to view...
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May 13, 2008

Last Moments

Honestly everything has been such a blur the last few days. I can imagine that the depth of this loss won't settle until later. It's hard to imagine that my dad was leaving a message on my cell phone one day and barely breathing the next. Even near the end he maintained his focus of faith, hope, and love. He…
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May 12, 2008

Dad

Thanks to everyone for your kind words... its great to see the many lives my dad touched. I know tomorrow and Wednesday will be a great time of reunion, reminiscing and celebration. He has passed on a legacy to us all... of faith and hope placed in Jesus Christ. That same faith has been instilled in us and I know…
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May 11, 2008

Dad’s Memorial and Visitation

Tuesday, May 13 from 3-9pm Visitation at Wujek-Calcaterra Funeral Home, 36900 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48312 (16 & Scheonherr) Wednesday, May 14 Memorial Service at 10am at Warren Woods Church of the Nazarene, 14300 13 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48088. We ask that in lieu of flowers you send donations to either Life Challenge of Detroit or the American…
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May 10, 2008

Paul Reed

May 10, 2008. It's roughly 5:50 AM. Paul Reed, Matt's dad, is gone. Matt was with him when he died, and said it was peaceful. It's strange to me how life, a soul, can be there one second and gone the very next. It's a mysterious event. The sun is just about to rise. Light, faint and gray, is on…
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May 9, 2008

Update on Dad

It's 4:44pm on Friday here in Michigan. My dad is sleeping right now in the Critical Care Unit. Tomorrow he will be moved to Hospice a couple floors up. This morning the doctor filled us in on what happened. It seems that he had pneumonia that helped feed a blood infection and bacteria in the blood. Coupled with an already…
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July 4, 2007

Transformers

My favorite transformer was Perceptor.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Transformers world, Perceptor transformed into a microscope. I could have owned Bumblebee, Megatron, or even Optimus Prime, but I chose Perceptor. I know somehow this should say something about me, but I'm not sure what. I still own the first Transformer comics... too bad they're not really worth…
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