Monday, June 4, 2018


 very nicely.

I am very happy to say that the 'books' mentioned in my previous blog are moving along, slowly, but moving along. I forget how tedious it can be prewriting, writing and revising.  Every teacher needs to take the time to write something every now and then to remind themselves exactly how writing can be.

The STEM/Common Core Lesson Plans are being compiled and will include websites that I found helpful in gathering these ideas. It also includes ideas of my own.

The "unusual" recipe book will contain....without giving it that I KNOW all of you look for at one time or another!

My other book (yes, I go from one to the other as I hit walls, logistics etc.) is a long letter to teachers and parents on what, in my opinion, is what is needed to successfully raise a child to adulthood and beyond without losing them in disabilities, drugs, gangs, and mundane performance.  I am finding this one the most difficult as finding acceptable wording versus wording that would seem accusatory or blaming is a difficult task.  It is the perspective of one who has been on each side of the teachers desk.

I have another book, in progress, but I am not sure what to call it or even how to classify it.  It has to do with spirituality but could be considered somewhat fantasy by some.  It is my view of how spirituality can go beyond the earthly bond. This one I feel is writing itself from an author from beyond.

I am working on the outline of a book that is somewhat IrmaBombecked. If you remember this newspaper/book writer, you know that these are funny anecdotes from her life experiences.  These experiences are from my life as a teacher, as well as my general life.

Why not concentrate on just one at a time. Ahh, there is the rub, one feeds the others at times.  If there is one that you would like to see done before the other, that will encourage me, but I make no promises.  

Let me know, which book would you like to see first?   Unusual Recipes, STEM/Common Core Lessons, Spirtuality, Funny Anedotes, Raising A Child in Today's Crazy World.

To follow my arts/crafts/photography pursuits see:
Carpe Diem Seize the Day to Create

Thanks for visiting....Marie

Monday, September 18, 2017

WE'RE BACK! from a Pause in Blogging

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, Marie's Little Red School House?

Good question.  After the whole reviewing fiasco on Amazon, I took a break from all of my review for product sites to see what was going to happen.  Things happened. Not good nor bad, they just happened. Amazon wants fair, honest reviews. A pure, honest review is what I gave them, but with so many others saying this or that about products without integrity, reviewing for free product, for the most part, has been ruined for the rest of us.  Amazon wiped many reviewers accounts of their recorded reviews, and blocked reviewers from commenting, even when a full purchase has been made. Sorry to my sellers about the reviews on Amazon, but I have always maintained that I shall continue to review and blog not only on Amazon, but also on my blogs and matching social media sites. All of my reviews are recorded either here or on my other two sites: or better known as Carpe Diem Seize the Day to Create! or  

Good news, I am returning to reviewing carefully selected items, services and sites as I find them exciting or helpful to my viewers.

Educators can find helpful information here,

 People of Creative Endeavors, not just arts, crafts, but poetry, music and anything requiring creativity may find interesting articles here.

Those seeking a review or looking for a certain product review can find reviews on or on my other two sites.  

I am also going to start a new blog called "STUFF I BOUGHT ON AMAZON.COM. I love Amazon, I really do. I understand their issues with reviewers' reviews. I don't understand the blocking of comments on legitimate purchases.  After some thought, and knowing that I live in country where freedom of speech is upheld, (at least the last time I checked the daily news, since we seem to be heading back in time without a time machine being invented, on some humane, conservation and ethical issues, I will post my experiences with products, service and such as bought on Amazon at this site. 

I welcome other stores, large or small to contact me with products, services, sites for review. I will give you a quality, honest review on my blogs, and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ Instagram and the like. You may contact me here or my email:

As for me, I have am returning to my own creative endeavors, photography, writing, crafts, art, guitar playing, painting, sewing, paper cutting and the like.  Reviewing is rewarding in itself, and provides extra gifts for relatives and friends and self, but it does take a lot of time, time that I would like to dedicate to my own creative efforts.

I hope you have hung with me through this interlude or absence. MY BEST IS YET TO COME!  What!! You want a peek at what is in store?   I am in the middle of writing three books.  One on a unique relationship, another of common core activities /STEM/STEAM related for Educators and a very UNUSUAL recipe book.  I will be seeking out ideas to share on my blogs as well as accepting contributions to be shared with my followers.

I have been working on some crafts for direct sale of which I am quite proud.  My blogs and my audiences fuel my own enthusiasm for sharing ideas in teaching, creating reviewing.  If you would like to contribute for any of my blogs, my email is

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Musicians Friend TRS Cable


 These are just few of the trs cables that Musician's Friend carries. What are trs cables, and what are they used for? Musicians Friend puts it best:
"There is a huge amount of equipment in the world of music: pedals, amplifiers, sound units, microphones, speakers, headphones… and, of course, instruments. To connect all of your gear together, you'll need to use some of the many varieties of patch cables. Of these, the TRS cable is the ones you'll probably see the most. What makes TRS cables different from other patch cables? In short, the answer is that they carry stereo signals. TRS stands for "tip, ring, sleeve"—in this connection, the tip transmits the left channel, the ring transmits the right channel and the sleeve is shared by both. Their stereo sound support makes TRS cables a great solution for DJs and musicians, as well as music lovers wanting to connect their computer or mobile device to a stereo system. In the recording studio, you'll use TRS cables to connect much of your equipment together.

You might, for example, run a TRS cable from a stereo effects unit to your mixing desk while another one hooks up your powered studio monitors. DJs can make use of these cables to plug multiple audio sources into their mixer, from CDs to Mp3 and even vinyl records. If you play guitar, TRS cables will allow you to connect stereo guitar pedals together for a simple solution that won't leave you with a pile of tangled mono patch cables. TRS cable connectors come in two sizes: 1/4", which is used in lots of professional-grade equipment, and 3.5mm, which fits mobile devices and some headphones. Many of these cables provide a TRS connector on one end and an alternate connector, such as XLR or RCA, on the other end, allowing you to link equipment that uses different connector types. Some cables are Y-adapters, working either as a mixer or a signal splitter. Chances are good that, when you need to connect something on the stage or in your studio, you're going to be reaching for a TRS cable. Look for the cables that have the connectors you need and you will be ready to go."

And now is a great time to buy TRS cables, instruments or any other equipment for your music making pleasure. Musician's Friend is running a Fourth of July Sale! On certain select equipment they are offering 10% off of $49+ of qualifying merchandise and 15% off of $499+ of qualifying merchandise, ONLY THRU JULY4th 
Visit the site to see the select merchandise, and at checkout use the CODE:  GOFOURTH. You can place an order online or by phone.

Have a great Fourth of July!  Happy Shopping and Happy Music Making!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Musicians Friend Black Acoustic Guitar

                 FOR SALE THESE

The Musicians Friend has many of their Black Acoustic Guitars on sale starting as low as $59 and on up. Beautiful finishes and beautiful sound.

The Musicians Friend is the place for all your music needs at prices that are affordable to artists.  They have discounts and payment plans. They have lessons, music, monitors, amplifiers, boards and so very much more. Check Musicians Friend before you go anywhere else!

This is the most complete site I have ever scene!

All opinions are my own. Compensation may have been received for this ad.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hohnor Panther at the Guitar Center

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THE GUITAR CENTER  is featuring  its
   Hohner Panther Diatonic Accordian!! 

Hohner Panther Accordian

$590  In stock and ready to ship! Special Financing Available $25/month for 24 months

The Guitar Center gives lessons and jump start lessons to get new musicians started.  ABOUT THE GUITAR CENTER:

Guitar Center is home to the world's largest selection of popular guitars, basses, amplifiers, keyboards, workstations, drums, percussion, microphones, PA systems, DJ equipment, stage lighting, recording software, studio gear and more. Backed by over 260 stores across the country, offers the fastest, easiest way to find all the gear you need in one place. And, while many popular instruments are available for same-day pickup at a store near you, we also offer free shipping on thousands of items to the Guitar Center location of your choice.

Because of our incredible buying power and strong relationships with all the top musical instrument brands, you’re sure to find all the best gear at the guaranteed lowest price. From the all new Gibson USA 2016 updates to the largest collection of Strats, we’ve got everything a guitarist could ask for, not to mention our vast collection of effects pedals and accessories. Newly released from Fender is the Jimi Hendrix Signature Strat. These will go quick, so if you are looking to achieve that legendary Jimi sound, check it out. Check out the latest from NAMM 2017 at our live update page and get info on the hottest releases for 2017.

Drummers need look no further for the biggest selection of the best drum gear, including acoustic drum sets, electronic drum sets, hand drums, cymbals and sticks. And for the independent recording artist, check out Avid Pro Tools, PreSonus StudioLive, Epix Bundle 10, and Komplete 10 - plus our live sound products, from mixers to monitors and more, will suit the needs of any gigging musician.

Don’t know how to play and want to get started? It’s easy with Guitar Center's enormous assortment of books & media. Check out our Featured Products Page for some of our latest product releases and special offers. Players of all skill levels can attend our free Workshops Series and Recording Made Easy classes every week.

Looking for extra help with recording your music? GC has partnered with the experts at Studio Automatic to offer online recording studio services. They can take your song idea and turn it into a fully produced song in 5-7 business days. Visit our Studio Automatic page to learn more about the service, the process, and listen to some samples.

Are you a longtime guitarist looking for something especially unique? Check out our platinum instruments and vintage gear online, or in-person at your local GC store. From the Gibson Les Paul to the Fender Stratocasters, we’ve got you covered. We even offer a wide array of band & orchestra instruments and accessories at

No matter your experience level or musical preference, our knowledgeable team of experienced musicians will help you find the right piece of gear for your band, ensemble or music venue. Whether you’re just getting started making music, or you're a working professional, Guitar Center has what you need to help make the sounds in your head a reality.

Join the community. Allow us to introduce you to the exclusive network of musicians and music lovers: Music Aficionado. This social network gives music enthusiasts a place to collect, share, listen to, and discuss everything they love about music from their favorite albums, playlists, and artists to their favorite pieces of gear, instructional videos, and altered tunings.

Check out the Guitar Center before you check any other place. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017


The Guitar Center El Cerrito is your store for all your musical needs. Not only do they have guitars, they have other instruments, music, stands,amps, speakers, control boards, lessons and more.

The friendly staff is willing to give your assistance and advice. Financing is available and they run sales quite often. So zip to El Cerrito and check out the Guitar Center.  It's time to start that musical endeavor you have been thinking about.
You got talent, let everyone know it.

10300 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

(510) 559-1055