Island Senior: Changes, and the San Juan Update

Posted January 15, 2022 at 6:11 pm by

Days Like Pearls - Oil painting tryptic by Peggy Sue McRae

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae…

One thing you can count on, things will always be chang­ing.  Some­times we invite change into our lives and oth­er times we sim­ply strug­gle to adjust.  Either way, it’s a skill just to keep your balance. 

It did not come as a total sur­prise to me that Tim Dus­trude would be leav­ing the San Juan Update. I’ve watched he and Shannon’s grow­ing pas­sion for their life on the open road for a while now. My hope is that some­one will pluck this ripe juicy plum of a local online news source before it los­es the momen­tum Tim has giv­en it.

The San Juan Update began in 1997. At that time Ian Bying­ton cre­at­ed a newsy, neigh­bor­ly, upbeat online news source and bul­letin board. Ian gave the Update its mot­to: “Some of it is news, some of it is old news, and all are just things we want­ed to men­tion, with most of it about the things that make liv­ing here great.”  These words have held steady as a guid­ing light.

Tim took the reins in 2012. With his photographer’s eye and web design skills Tim cre­at­ed the Update’s appeal­ing look while nur­tur­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive rela­tion­ship with the Island com­mu­ni­ty. In 2013 I start­ed work­ing with Tim fill­ing in here and there and even­tu­al­ly sub­sti­tut­ing for him while he trav­eled and have for the past sev­er­al years writ­ten a reg­u­lar col­umn, Island Senior.

Island Senior is col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Mullis Cen­ter to keep local seniors informed. Dur­ing the pan­dem­ic this has high­light­ed class­es that are now taught online, shared health infor­ma­tion, local his­to­ry, or reflec­tions on becom­ing an elder. I’ve enjoyed shar­ing pas­sages from my 18-year-old Grandfather’s 1905 jour­nal or telling sto­ries about my Great-aunt Ada’s Mil­lenary Shop. What­ev­er the fate of the San Juan Update, we hope to see Island Senior car­ry on.

The San Juan Update has pro­vid­ed a wor­thy ser­vice to San Juan Islanders. Thank you Tim for the ener­gy and time you have put into the Update. To you and Shan­non, here’s wish­ing you the very best. Hap­py Trails!

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