Continuing Education

Meet New CE Program Coordinator, Marianne Legg

North Seattle College Continuing Education is happy and excited to welcome our new Program ImageCoordinator, Marianne Legg. Though she is in the midst of learning all the ups and down and ins and outs of her new position, she was kind enough to spare some time to share a little bit about herself and reveal why we are so happy to have her join us.

What is your favorite thing about Continuing Education?

What I love most about Continuing Education is the way it changes people's lives. To have a student tell me that a class has changed who they are—there's nothing more meaningful to me.

What is the most enjoyable book you’ve read?

ONE of the best books I've read is Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. A gripping memoir that brilliantly juxtaposes pathos and hilarity. McCourt is one of the best storytellers I've encountered, ever.

If you could learn deeply about one thing, what would that be?

I can never in my lifetime learn enough about making art. I started studying when I was 6 or 7, and I'm still at it, many decades later. Ask me again when I'm 99, and the answer will be the same!

What are your words to live by?

I actually have two pieces of advice that I give young people when they ask me for advice, which really never occurs enough. I say firstly, never stop learning. The day you stop learning is the day you start to die. And secondly, always leave yourself choices, if you can. Try never to be in the position of realizing you could have prevented a tragedy and you didn't because you felt you didn't have a choice.

What character (film, literary, or TV) do you most identify with?

I have always, perhaps predictably, loved queens, among others, Elizabeth I. I thought Cate Blanchett did a marvelous job of projecting this very strong woman and superb strategist who took a traditional male job and did brilliantly at it.

What was your first job?

My first job was in a skating rink, making popcorn and pizza in the concessions stand. I loved that job! This was in New England, where I grew up, and the rink was always full of hockey players, who would joke and push each other around, and I had a fine time. That job ended too soon for me.

Any hidden talents?

I have a talent for organizing rooms. Once upon a time, I had a studio apartment, and I had to fit an enormous amount of stuff, including a weaving loom AND a piano, into that tiny box. With the aid of my homemade blueprint and little paper furniture, I put together a plan that was truly amazing. When the building manager came up to consult me on something one day, he walked in and stopped, stunned. "Wow," he said, "you're an organizational genius!" Words to remember.

What do you collect?

I collect art supplies. I've never met an art supply I didn't want to buy (and very few I didn't buy, honestly). I have an entire studio that looks like something out a TV show on hoarding, piled with supplies of one kind or another. The other day my partner saw with horror that I had started building a pile in the house as well.

What is your idea of the perfect day?

A perfect day begins with breakfast in the garden in the warm sun. Then I'll do a bit of work in the studio and break for lunch with my partner, and then we'll do some kind of walk-about activity in the afternoon, seeing something new or fun, or shopping (hello, art supply shop), or driving somewhere. Dinner is something from the grill, and we might go down to the beach to see the sun set. Then a good book or studying a fun subject in the evening. If it's Thursday, we watch our new favorite Italian murder mystery on TV—Murders at Barlume.


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