Mary Blyth Jones
Bio: After growing up in San Diego where I attended various public schools until SDUSD "invited" me to leave their school system and I found myself enrolled in San Diego Christian High School for my last two years of basic education. Engaged at the ripe old age of 17, as a junior in high school, I was hit by a truck while I was running cross country and experienced my first of what would be nearly countless spinal fractures. As a sophomore in SDSU, I found myself newly "single" after having returned my fancy pants diamond engagement ring to my fiance. I had returned home from one of my many "mission" trips - that time it was Mexico City at Christmas break. I wanted to wait for my older brother to return home so he could be in the wedding and ... just BE there. But my fiance at the time said, "It's either God or me." Not a chance! It was an easy choice to make, although it was very difficult to let him go. As things turned out, my brother got married and after that wonderful event, my best friend and I went down to the gaslight part of San Diego and brought home a runaway boy named Charles who actually belonged in Quebec. Long story short, I got a job application for Charles but ended up filling it out for myself and actually got the job! This is where I met my one true love, Martin Jones. I worked as a janitor and LOVED the job! I took advantage of my boss and married him. We have two wonderful 'children' which I put in quotes because at ages 35 and 33, they are hardly "kids". We moved to Coalinga California where we planned to stay for a couple of years then return to a town on the coast. We got stuck here in Coalinga but use our summers for travel. My husband, Martin, and I have four grandchildren: two boys and two girls. It is an amazing gift to have them all in our lives. In my professional life, I taught music and drama for decades. From kindergarten through classes at West Hills College, I enjoyed interacting with students and teaching them all sorts of cool stuff about music. I had the privilege of being music director for several shows at WHC and also being choreographer for a couple and performed in several as well. After years of this, I retired to begin a new career as the owner of imaginarium: Institute of Fine Arts, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide exploration of the arts for all people in our community. I was also led to resign from my position as Music Director at our local church. I love so many things: the ocean, God, my husband, taking photos, telling jokes, writing, painting, drawing, playing my piano, guitar, singing, acting, taking long walks on the beach, swimming, camping, laughing, my grandchildren, eating good food - or cooking it! I love it all! I love learning. I love creating. I love traveling. I love teaching.