Moving on, with you in my heart….

Sure gonna miss you guys….

Dear friends & readers & Update fans, & family, too….

You all already know that I sure like new & interesting things, and it’s come time for me to take on a new challenge. Josie & I have set things up to re-locate to Victoria at the end of December. This sort of thing raises several questions:

Q. What? You can’t move. You’ve lived here forever!

A. True. Nearly nineteen years. As close to forever as anyone could get.

Q. Where are you gonna live?

A. In a 600 square foot apartment a block from an organic grocery store, seven coffee places, a pub, and a huge public park. Looking forward to living even more simply.

Gonna park the car, too.

Q. Are you going to become a Canadian?

A. Currently I have landed immigrant status, which is kind of like a green card. That’s a good start…I’m glad to be an American, and am glad Canada doesn’t mind having me around, too.

Tim, taking over editorial duties at the Update…. Photo by Shannon Dean

Q. Who is going to look after your business?

A. Like most islanders, I have several jobs. Let’s check it out:

I’m scheduled to teach classes at Skagit this winter, so I’ll be back for that.

Three years ago, my friend Mary Kate bought the webpage-making part of my longtime island business, By Design. Her business MKate Design is doing great! I still look after the hosting/domain name part of By Design – nothing changes there!

I do a lot of consulting & teaching…that will continue both here & in Victoria. So will my singing & album sales.

Finally, I’m glad to report that The San Juan Update will carry on. My good friend (and great photographer & musician) Tim Dustrude has taken over the duties of keeping things going – he’s a longtime reader & contributor who is familiar with all the tech & photo needs of this online newspaper, a good writer, and a true islander (he grew up here!) who loves this place. I couldn’t leave this in better hands.

Q. Will you be back to visit much?

A. Too much of my & Josie’s hearts are here….you’ll see us around. Victoria is only seven miles away, and I know you’ll be coming over to see us & visit & talk about everything, the way we do.

I’m looking forward to that.


I’ve never been surrounded by so much love. I may be moving, but will carry this beautiful island with me in my heart….thank you for teaching me so much & giving me so much, and being such a wonderful place to raise the boys.

Let’s stay in touch.

Love ya,


ian (at)

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 10:54 am by

Categories: Around Here


  1. Boo for you leaving, but yay for Tim taking over! We’ll miss you Ian! Victoria & Lily

    Comment by Victoria on November 21, 2012 at 11:18 am
  2. Oh Ian, WOW you are leaving the island…what a loss but great addition to Victoria, eh! Glad to see Update will continue with Tim. I am really so thankful you were there when I was there! Wishing you and Josie all the best!

    P.S. I’ll be home (finally!) next year, but will locate in Bellingham to be closer to my mother and family.

    Comment by Darcie on November 21, 2012 at 11:20 am
  3. We’ll miss you for sure, Ian! It just won’t be the same without you…still, am happy that the update will continue–you built a fantastic way for the community to keep in touch with each other. Thank you!

    Comment by Jan on November 21, 2012 at 11:26 am
  4. Does your little apartment have a guest room? Just warning you – with so many friends here, you may have visitors! 🙂

    Comment by Stephanie on November 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm
  5. I’m so glad to hear you and Josie are going to get to be together, even though it’s over there. Congrats on your landed immigration. Victoria and Vancouver Island are wonderful (too). We’ll miss you, eh!
    Gordon Haverstock

    Comment by Gordon Haverstock on November 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm
  6. Ian, you will really be missed. You and Josie are some of my favorite faces around town. I’ve really enjoyed our chats over the past few years. Keep in touch, eh?

    Comment by Shannon Evans on November 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm
  7. …..nooooo….no…….. I miss you already! Thank you, Ian, for enriching our lives and being an inspirational teacher. Thank you.

    Comment by Tamara on November 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm
  8. You and Josie will be greatly missed! Our best to you both! – Dave and Dot Vandaveer

    Comment by Dot Vandaveer on November 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm
  9. Ian – You have made such a tremendous contribution to this community with your witty comments, timely photos and news, and upbeat attitude. We will miss you every single day. I wish you the very best in your new life – I know you will flourish and succeed wherever you go!

    Comment by Diana on November 22, 2012 at 7:07 am
  10. My best to you and Josie! Have always enjoyed the Update. You will definitely be missed. Do take care and visit us often, Joan White

    Comment by Joan on November 22, 2012 at 7:55 am
  11. Ian, we still can’t believe you and Josie are moving! We will miss you both much! You helped make our transition to the island so easy with your friendship, help and advise. We will miss your smiling faces that always came in for a visit at just the right time! We wish you all the best in your new adventure and hope to see you when you come back to the island. Tim will do a great job, so you can leave knowing that The Update is in good hands. Gail and Randy

    Comment by Gail & Randy on November 22, 2012 at 10:03 am
  12. I had heard but denied it mentally; I am really excited for your expansion; Canada has been my dream too since before I lived here; got waylaid but for a reason; to be somewhere for the next chapter with many exciting small city benefits is great! that is a beautiful city with just enough nature but also stimulation; You will be greatly missed; I have enjoyed from a distance you thoughtful listening prescence you bring to every encounter, and your wisdom, and philosphical, intelligent perspective you share in discussions; was looking forward to more of that; grateful the update will continue, it is fabulous and much needed! blessings and enjoy your new life! how exciting, Pam fry

    Comment by Pam Fry on November 22, 2012 at 10:46 am
  13. “Ditto” to all the comments above. Your gentle spirit and commitment to the positive have made The Update my first stop for local news. I’m so glad Tim has committed to keep it going. Many blessings to you and Josie in Canada.

    Comment by Kristine Brown on November 22, 2012 at 11:51 am
  14. We will all miss you Ian! You bring such a different approach to the islands way of life in your daily postings. You have certainly been a huge part of its music history as well! I cant imagine living without my significant other so I am not surprised by the move… Victoria is a really fun place as well… darn near became a citizen of Canada back in the Nam days myself. Dont loose track of all the ones whom love you here. Tim will be a FABULOUS choice to carry on the update!Wishing you and yours the very best!

    Comment by Tom Henry on November 23, 2012 at 10:28 am
  15. sorry to hear u are leaving but glad the update will go on. thanks for all the posting u have done for me. will miss u

    Comment by nancy on November 23, 2012 at 11:47 am
  16. We are very happy for you and Josie. You both have been such positive energy on this island.We hope that we will see you here and there. All our best! West and Sue Davis

    Comment by Sue Davis on November 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm
  17. Ian—You have been a bright light for this community for so many years and you will definitely be missed!!!! At the same time I am happy for you to be heading off to new adventures with Josie. Wherever you both land, the community is fortunate to have you. I’ll look forward to seeing your smiling faces on your trips back to the island. Sending hugs along your way, Pamela

    Comment by Pamela on November 24, 2012 at 10:23 am
  18. Will miss your spirit, Ian… good luck on your next adventure.

    Comment by tedstrutz on November 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm
  19. Happy travels Ian!
    Victoria is such a beautiful & world class city! Not far away, but a world apart. Just think – no homesickness. My regards to the Queen, and a toast to you at the Bengal Lounge!

    Comment by Peggy Burton on November 26, 2012 at 7:26 am
  20. Welcome aboard Ian! Let’s get together when you venture further north to Vancouver. It seems like just the other day that your house office was humming with PC’s and webpage building. May the star of dazzling blue guide your way on, while Tim takes over at the helm. Leigh

    Comment by Leigh Freeman on November 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm
  21. Just remember—the ferry goes both ways (at least for most of the year!) You have touched many lives with your teaching, musical talent and the always interesting, community coverage of the Update! We wish you and Josie the best of luck as you adjust to life on the other side of the line. Glad you’ve entrusted Tim with carrying on.
    Mitzi and the Bear

    Comment by Mitzi Johnson on November 30, 2012 at 12:08 am
  22. Wow – i can’t believe it..
    Everyone is gonna miss you!

    I will pray for you guys on your new adventure!

    Comment by Claudia on December 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

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