Mary Willix is a writer and semi-retired language professor who taught at Trinity College, Mesa College, UCSD Extension, North Seattle Community College and elsewhere. She is the author of Jimi Hendrix, Voices from Home (1996, Creative Forces Publishing), Clear & Simple Spanish (Simon & Schuster) and numerous newspaper, journal and magazine articles. Mary graduated from Seattle¹s Garfield High in 1961, studied at the University of Madrid, earned a B.A. from the University of Washington, an M.A. from the University of Vermont and did further graduate work at Middlebury College, the University of Washington and University of California, San Diego. Her current book project, Remembering Ralph Hayes, recalls the life of her remarkable high school history teacher.
Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tyron, North Carolina in 1933, Nina Simone began playing the family piano at the age of three. Her mother Mary Kate Waymon, a minister and choir director at a Methodist church in Tyron, interpreted her daughter’s gift as a God-given … Read MoreNina Simone (1933-2003)