Each step of life is a journey that you choose to walk.

Each moment of life is another line, sentence, paragraph and chapter of the book called your life.

Enjoy all that life has to offer, good friends, good food, good coffee and as always wisdom and a good laugh.


23 February 2011

The best invention of our time is...

So the question was asked this morning on Bart & Jen in the Morning, What is the best invention of our time? We had several calls, but Jim's call was the top! The microchip! Without it we would not have any of the tools we have today. So the question was asked...who invented the microchip? Well here's the answer, thanks to

The History of the Integrated Circuit aka Microchip
Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce

By Mary Bellis, Guide
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* history of computers

"illustration from Jack Kilby's inventor's journal "

illustration from Jack Kilby's inventor's journal
integrated circuit
"What we didn't realize then was that the integrated circuit would reduce the cost of electronic functions by a factor of a million to one, nothing had ever done that for anything before" - Jack Kilby

The Integrated Circuit
It seems that the integrated circuit was destined to be invented. Two separate inventors, unaware of each other's activities, invented almost identical integrated circuits or ICs at nearly the same time.

Jack Kilby, an engineer with a background in ceramic-based silk screen circuit boards and transistor-based hearing aids, started working for Texas Instruments in 1958. A year earlier, research engineer Robert Noyce had co-founded the Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation. From 1958 to 1959, both electrical engineers were working on an answer to the same dilemma: how to make more of less.

Why the Integrated Circuit Was Needed
In designing a complex electronic machine like a computer it was always necessary to increase the number of components involved in order to make technical advances. The monolithic (formed from a single crystal) integrated circuit placed the previously separated transistors, resistors, capacitors and all the connecting wiring onto a single crystal (or 'chip') made of semiconductor material. Kilby used germanium and Noyce used silicon for the semiconductor material.

Patents for the Integrated Circuit
In 1959 both parties applied for patents. Jack Kilby and Texas Instruments received U.S. patent #3,138,743 for miniaturized electronic circuits. Robert Noyce and the Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation received U.S. patent #2,981,877 for a silicon based integrated circuit. The two companies wisely decided to cross license their technologies after several years of legal battles, creating a global market now worth about $1 trillion a year.

~Peace & Blessings~

22 February 2011

Chris August Earns His First Ever Dove Award Nominations - New Release Tuesday - Music News Powered by

Have heart! If you think good music is dead then you have not heard the melodic sounds of Chris August, who is, by the way, up for 5 Dove Awards. Check out this great article on

Chris August Earns His First Ever Dove Award Nominations - New Release Tuesday - Music News Powered by

~Peace & Blessings~

17 February 2011

Edgar Allan Poe's --The Raven

~Peace & Blessings~Jen

And...the Nominees...

for the 42nd Annual Dove Awards are...

Male Vocalist of the Year:

Chris August
Doug Anderson
Jason Crabb
Brandon Heath
Israel Houghton
Marvin Sapp
Chris Tomlin

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Audrey Assad
Francesca Battiselli
Natalie Grant
Britt Nicole
Janet Paschal
Kerrie Roberts
Laura Story

Group of the Year:
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gaither Vocal Band
Mercy Me
Mikes Chair
Sidewalk Prophets
Tenth Avenue North

Song of the Year:

"All Of Creation" - Mercy Me
"Beautiful, Beautiful" - Francesca Battistelli
"Get Back Up" - tobyMac
"Hold My Heart" - Thenth Avenue North
"Lead Me" - Sanctus Real
"Let The Waters Rise" - Mikeschair
"Our God" - Chris Tomlin
"Starry Night" - Chris August
"Love Came Calling" - Triumphant Quartet
"Sometimes I Cry" - Jason Crabb

For full list of nominees go to

~Peace & Blessings~

11 February 2011

Romans 1

As I read and reread Romans 1 I was taken back by the later part of the chapter. Before coming to really know Christ and actually trying to follow him, I always knew there was a right and a wrong. I usually did what I wanted, and not really cared about what happen, but I still knew, and I often have been asked, "How do you know what is right and what is wrong?", well now I know and I will always direct the question to Romans 1:20

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Now I have to say that the last part of the chapter is what has me all tied up in knots. Not because I don't agree with what is written, but because of the way "Christians" us this passage of scripture to pass their personal judgment and hate.
For me I want to show God's love, grace & forgiveness. John 3:16 says
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

WHOEVER...that means anyone who comes to Jesus and asks for forgiveness & I know that Jesus can change lives. I've seen it happen to many times to say otherwise or deny. I can't deny. So why do Christians deny "sinners" by judging instead of sharing. This is my own thoughts on this passage. God's word is clear, however, that we are all sinners and that all of us have to deal with many of the "sins" that are listed in the last part of Romans 1.

My prayer is to look only at myself and ask God to show me my faults and work only on my own faults & to have grace and mercy to give to others instead of looking for their faults. If you are at a place in your life where you know that "there's something out there", but you don't know what "it" is, may I encourage you to pick up a Bible and go to the New Testament and read Romans chapter 1.

Peace & Blessings

09 February 2011

Steven Curtis Chapman | Steven Curtis Chapman Announces Spring Canadian Tour |

I have to say that I am very much in awe of the Chapman family. They inspire me to continue on with the good fight as they continue to share the gospel with all those around them. I can only imagine the difficulty that they still go through day in and day out & I pray for them as they continue on the path that God has set before them. Learn more about the Chapmans by following the link.

Steven Curtis Chapman | Steven Curtis Chapman Announces Spring Canadian Tour |

~Peace & Blessings~

08 February 2011

See You by Josh Wilson | CD Reviews And Information |

Hoping the best for Josh Wilson. He is a talented singer and songwriter. His new release "I Refuse" is a smash hit in my eyes. Great lyrics and hook. Not only is the song catchy, but has depth and meaning. I look forward to hearing the whole project. Check out Josh Wilson today.

See You by Josh Wilson | CD Reviews And Information |

~Peace & Blessings~Jen

07 February 2011

Dove Award News...

Francesca Battistelli aka Franny B., will be announcing the nominees for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards on February 16 in Atlanta, GA at the historic FOX Theatre’s Grand Salon. The Dove Awards show will air on The Gospel Music Channel on Sunday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m. EST. For more on Francesca Battistelli, go to

~Peace & Blessings~

Super Bowl Commericails...

were the true winners this year! I have to say I missed a lot of them because I was "banned" from the living room due to superstition. See all season I missed 1st quarter, so as I was sitting down to watch the game (during 1st quarter), our team began to look real my husband of 15 years...told me to "get out!" was out of love (for the Steelers) so I complied!

Since I missed most of the commercials, I had my top 3 of the ones I say, but I found this website,, and it has all the Super Bowl commercials on there. So have fun watching them whether it's your first viewing or your one hundreth...enjoy!

~Peace & Blessings~

04 February 2011

The Grace Card

To get the upcoming Christian movie "The Grace Card" to Brunswick, we need lots of people to email & say that you want to see the movie and will support it. Release date is Feb 25th!

~Peace & Blessings~