Marlene and Me

Dietrich’s Star

I am a big fan of German-French-American star Marlene Dietrich.

I like the song “Falling in love again,” so I did a video with hubby here.

One of the most popular motion picture stars of the thirties and forties, Marlene even has her own museum.

Daily Verse and Chorus

There are over a hundred daily videos that my eclectic folk duo, Molly and Sonny Boy, made 2 years ago, shortly before the Covid pandemic.

We posted them nightly on YouTube.

We called it our Daily Verse and Chorus Project.–Se

I still view them now and then to catch a glimpse of our sweet dogs Cole and Pixie who sometimes appear in them.

Pixie and Cole

I still feel so much sadness over their deaths.

Happily, they both each lived to be about 17! Pixie, the Pomeranian lived to be 16 years and 8 months and Cole the Poodle, lived to be 17 years and one month.

I wish they were still alive. Their lives were too short in my books, even though in dog years, they would each be over 100!

At Cafe Lena

In 2013, we fulfilled a lifelong dream of my husband’s, to perform at Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Now that hubby is retired, we continue to practice daily, dreaming of stardom, or at least steady gigs!

The most used app on my phone is the Voice app, so we can record inventive guitar riffs and pin down lyrics for new songs.

We like to write songs, and we have an album out already of all original songs you can check out on Apple music.

A new gig!

Tonight my music duo is going to perform here.

We haven’t done this venue before.

They really want jazz music, but our repertoire is a mixture of jazz and blues and other kinds of songs including originals.

Hopefully we will be entertaining to the diners on jazz night!

Yesterday I went online to CD Baby regarding getting hooked up for payments from digital downloads.

I’m so glad we got that sorted because I found that our music was being hawked on so many different platforms throughout the Internet.

Anyways, we are very excited about performing together at Morgan Creek Vineyards this evening.

Here is a sample of our music.

Saturday Gardens

Raised garden beds

I planted yellow squash, beets, cherry tomatoes and flowers in raised garden beds to keep the weeds down.

Hubby uses straw-bales as mulch as well, to keep weeds down to a minimum.

This year he is using plastic bottles to create mini-greehouses to keep the rabbits out!

Little terrariums

Right now green onions are on the table everyday in most every dish I cook.

Springtime is full of happy hours spent outside, even if it means repairing the outdoor spigot with plumbing thread tape and new washers.

Plants need fresh water too!

Head-shot day

We change through the years.

High school dropout

Yes I quit school at 16. Mental depression and ADHD. I did not fit in.


On to University after getting my GED, I graduated and began teaching and performing.

I was in my forties by the time I graduated college. Being a non-traditional student was hard.

In the nineties, I was mistreated and rudely shunned by most of the other students. Some bullied me, and called me a “re-tread.”

The professors were a bit kinder.

Happily, I was a college radio broadcaster and wrote for the campus newspaper.

I lived off campus, and that helped.

Keeping busy kept me happy.

College graduate in May 2003

By 43, I started my own music teaching business. My college degree was in Music Education.

My music teaching business ran from 2004 until the pandemic in 2020.

Me now

Now I am just getting back to writing songs and stories and recovering from the fallout of the pandemic. My duo, Molly and Sonny Boy have some upcoming gigs, and more original songs to record

Enjoy this song we recorded before the pandemic.

I still work in radio and audio production. Each Sunday at 4:08pm Central on AM 860/97.3 FM and at I produce and broadcast a show called, “Music from Germany.”

Germanic roots

Music from Germany – May 1

Two Molly’s

Molly B and Me, Molly of Molly & Sonny Boy

Yesterday I went to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame where this year’s inductees attended an open house.

Molly B was awarded a place in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame this year, among others.

I met Molly B yesterday. She told me about her experience performing in a Clint Eastwood film.

Molly performs often with her husband Ted Lange.

I perform with my husband as well in our music duo Molly and Sonny Boy.

Me and my man

You can find out more about Molly B here:

Dwarf Lilac trees

Old dwarf lilac treess trimmed

Today we had our dwarf lilacs trees trimmed and more.

The men came early this morning to fix our overgrown trees.

They worked quickly and efficiently.

A truck filled with branches from our little trees

I am thankful for the local landscaping company, Rivercreek Nursery, for their hard teamwork.

Due to the cold weather this Spring, they are 3 weeks behind. Let’s hope they can catch-up on their projects.

The sun is out and today is a beautiful day! Let’s hope it that better days are on the way!🌞

The ground breaking for Highway 14 improvements in Minnesota

2 Minnesota senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith pictured

This morning at 9 AM there was a groundbreaking in Courtland, Minnesota for the new highway 14 improvement project.

I played scout reporter and video taped the entire thing here.

I got my picture taken with another Amy

Author Amy Zents and State Senator Amy Klobuchar
Talk to you soon!!
4/19/2022 Courtland, MN USA

Studying Commitment


I have a lot of books. Many times I scoop them up at library book sales, or just aquire them at book stalls.

Later on I discover them in the house, sometimes many years after I brought them home.

Sometimes the books are found not so neatly on a bookshelf, and sometimes I find them in a bag or a box stacked on a table or the floor.

I’ve started studying a book I found in a bag underneath a desk. It’s called “Commit to win,” by Heidi Reeder, PhD.

Get committed

It’s about how to harness the four elements of commitment to reach your goals.

She elaborates on the 4 areas of commitment that I never heard of.

They are: treasures, troubles, contributions and choices. Basically the 4 ingredients that go into any commitment.

It’s food for thought if you plan on making a commitment and plan on succeeding in fulfilling it.

I have 3 areas I am trying to get committed to doing.

I. I need to drop some excess fat; 35 lbs. exactly.

2. I need to get rid of a lot of old junk in my living space, so as to upgrade my style and feel happier at home. Yes, I have a lot of stuff.

3. Lastly, I need to get my music business organized.

That means finding, labeling, and organizing eveything from books to instruments, to recording units, and sound equipment not just for insurance purposes either.

There are also the intangibles of my band Molly and Sonny Boy that need attention like websites and digital photos, contacts and financial files

I would like to get all 3 commitments fulfilled in the next 5 months. However, there is a difference between deciding to do something and actually getting started. I will keep you posted!

Avian Flu Precautions

Squirrels love bird seed too

Today I do not have to go to work.

It’s my day off.

Nevertheless, a woman’s work is never done.

There are always things to do here at home.

According to the news, we are supposed to take down our bird feeders and empty the bird baths for a month.

There is an outbreak of Avian Flu in Minnesota.

So, as much as I would like to stay in bed on my day off, need to get up to safeguard the health of the wild birds , by removing the bird feeders from the backyard this morning, and emptying the bird bath.

I pray that the many variety of wild birds out there will be okay, and won’t be too disappointed with the loss of their regular refreshments.

I know that the chipmunks, rabbits, and squirrels won’t be too happy either with the absence of their free birdseed food.