Moritz Life

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Monday, October 30, 2006

 

Photos You've Been Asking For

A number of you have been asking us to post pictures of the girlfriends of Andrew and Jonathan. CLICK HERE to meet Amber and Kim.
 

 

My Last Sunday as Pastor

Yesterday was my last Sunday at Central Community Church in Hanford. It's hard to believe that we have been here for 4 1/2 years and that I will now be moving to a new ministry.

My time at this church has been some of our best years. I will truly miss the friendships that we have made within the congregation, and am thankful that I can leave while having such a good relationship with the congregation. (Kathy and the boys will continue at the church during their stay in Hanford).

The church provided a special dinner and recognition yesterday. Here is a brief photo from the celebration. (Notice how we are all dressed up - an unusual occurence, even at church!) Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 28, 2006

 

How to Read Blogs

In a couple of months it will be two years since we initiated our blog-based website, allowing our family and friends to keep in contact with us through our regular postings of personal news, updates and ramblings. We are impressed with the number of people that track us through this means.
 
Blogs are no longer a fad for technology "geeks", but are entering the mainstream of the Internet. Not only do they provide a simple format for recording and reading postings, they have one other advantage: feed subscriptions. With the information overload on the Internet, it is becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to keep up with the things you are interested in.
 
The advent of RSS and XML feeds save you time and energy by automatically retrieving the things you are interested in (i.e. blogs, news, weather, sports, etc.) and bringing them to you in one central location, instead of having to manually visit each of your favorite web sites on a daily basis looking for something new.
 
If you are not using a feed reader, you are missing out on one of the most powerful aspects of the Internet. With our blog, for example, you will no longer have to check our website hoping to find something new. Your feed reader will do the work for you and notify you when there is a new post.
 
In the past I have given suggestions as to which feed readers to consider. Here is my latest list:
 
Web-Based Feed Readers - While you can still install a separate feed reader program on your computer, today that is unneccessary because of advances in feed readers that you can use that reside on the Internet. The ones we recommend are: Google Reader, Newsgator and Bloglines. Find the one that works best for you.
 
Portal-Based Feed Readers - These are also web-based, but have the advantage of being part of larger information portals. In my opinion, the best one is Netvibes, but Windows Live, Google Personalized Home, and PageFlakes are good too. MyYahoo and MSN are also possbilities, but lack features.
 
Browser-based - If you are using the latest Internet browsers (Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2.0) you may choose to just use the built-in features in these browsers for subscribing to and reading feeds. (Although with Firefox you may want to add the Sage extension).
 
If all this sounds too complicated or technical, please contact us as one of us would be more than pleased to help you find the right feed reader that will benefit you.
 

Friday, October 27, 2006

 

We're Shrinking - Part II

As we reported last month, Kathy and I have embarked on a serious health program to reduce body fat and increase our metabolism using the safe, scientifically-advanced Cinch program.
 
It's hard to believe, but we've been on the program now for eight weeks and we are experiencing tremendous results and feeling great, with no cravings, etc.. Here's our progress so far:
Kathy - 11 inches and 14.5 pounds
Lloyd - 6.75 inches and 14 pounds
We'll keep you updated on our progress.
 

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

 

Cruisin'

I have another exciting announcement for you. On Monday, my friends and I booked our Spring Break trip. Since we are all Seniors in College now, we figured we should make another trip somewhere, so we decided to go on a cruise for Spring Break. We will be taking a 3-night Mexican cruise to Ensenada, with a schedule that looks like this:

Fri, Mar 30 Los Angeles, California
 Sat, Mar 31 Ensenada, Mexico
 Sun, Apr 1 At Sea
 Mon, Apr 2 Los Angeles, California

The cruise is with Royal Caribbean, and we will be on the ship "Monarch of the Seas" which is apparently a very large ship that holds up to 2,744 passengers.

Because it is only a 3-night cruise, we will have some time left over afterwards, so we have decided to drive back to Fresno from Los Angeles along the California Coast, and do some beach camping, and just relax some more.

All in all it should be a very fun week, as we will get to spend some great time with friends.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

 

School Update

Well, my first "real" class will be finished at the end of the week. So far I have 1214/1220 and one more assignment worth 100 points. I've really enjoyed the class as it has been good to practice my "writing skills" again. I believe it will greatly help me with the rest of my classes. Next Monday, I start my math class! Yikes!

 

In the Collegian, but this time I didn't write anything

Well it has been a while since I've submitted an article to the Opinion section of my University's Newspaper. It is partly from lack of time or maybe just a lack of pointed creativity, but all is well, because Tim (one of my roommates) has been a regular contributor to that same section this semester. In fact, his recent article mentions me.

Not only will this article give you a small insight into my life, but how my friends and I spend our time. It may seem like we waste a lot of time and that's probably a very accurate description, but I think it's all worth it.

Read the article, and you can decide for yourself.

http://collegian.csufresno.edu/archive/2006/10/16/opinion/friends.shtml




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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

 

East Coast Trip

Well, in case any of you thought that I haven't been doing enough traveling lately, I've got some good news. I have just found out that I was chosen to attend the NCHC Conference next month.

This means that I will be getting to travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for 5 days. This is exciting for a number of reasons. First, I get to do some traveling and second, I've never really been to the eastern seaboard of the United States. Other than officially "immigrating" into the US through a border crossing in New York State (not even being in New York City), I've not really been anywhere in the Eastern US. I will hopefully get to see such sights as the Liberty Bell, and get to try an authentic Philly Cheese Steak. Plus, the cost of this trip is being covered by the Honors College and the University.

If you didn't click on the link above to find out what NCHC is, it is the National Collegiate Honors Councils. This organization is a collection of students from leadership positions in Honors programs in Universities around the country. I will be attending this conference with the director of the Honors College here at Fresno State, as well as two other Honors students.

Another very cool thing about the timing of this trip is that because of this trip, I will be in 3 corners of the United States in a period of 4 days. As you may know, I live in California, which is in the Southwest corner, Pennsylvania is in the Northeast corner, and then we will be up in the Northwest corner in Washington for American Thanksgiving. It will be a lot of traveling, but as always, I am up for it!

Monday, October 02, 2006

 

The Piano Men

Yesterday was a milestone in our family. For the last 16 years I have taught piano to our three boys. They were required to complete the equivalent of Grade VIII Royal Conservatory of Music piano, and yesterday Andrew achieved that goal.
 
While we had our "struggles" over the years (i.e. it's challenging for a parent to teach their own children piano), it is rewarding for both them and myself that they have the ability to not only play piano at a proficient level, but to have a musical background that enriches their life and has allowed them to try out other musical instruments.
 
Congratulations Luke, Jonathan and Andrew!
 

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