About the Author
Peggy Sue McRae

Local artist Peggy Sue McRae has lived on San Juan Island most of her life. She is a painter who has worked in a variety of mediums including, oil and watercolor painting, stone carving, printmaking and collage. In 1999 she earned her master’s degree in Fine Arts from Washington State University. She was awarded a residency with the Morris Graves Foundation in 2004 and was accepted into Women Painters of Washington in 2007. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest and in China. She is the author of the art blog Blackfish Art.

Recent Posts by Peggy Sue

Island Senior: Taking Care of Caregivers

September 17, 2021 at 2:38 pm

Caring for our loved ones when the need arises is a challenge in the best of times. During a pandemic the challenges only increase. Caregivers face increased isolation while also facing the increasing challenge of keep their charge safe. Starting on September 30, Gail Leschine-Seitz, Aging and Family Case Coordinator, and Debbie Haagensen, Senior Services  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Early Fall Happenings at the Mullis Center

September 3, 2021 at 9:47 am

First of all a big “THANK YOU!” to the San Juan County Fair, The San Juan Island Community Foundation, and to everyone who supported the Mullis Center and other local non-profits during the Community Foundation’s 2021 Virtual Fair Fundraiser. Thanks to our generous donors support we raised $5,520! All money raised will be used to  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Support the Mullis Center with Community Foundation’s Virtual Fair Grant Program

August 17, 2021 at 5:50 am

San Juan Island’s Community Foundation will support local non-profits with matching funds and bonus grants during this year’s Virtual Fair. Funds raised for the Mullis Center will go to help fund our Green and Clean Project as highlighted in detail in the recent article in the San Juan Update, Island Senior: Mullis Center Upgrade For  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Upgrade For A Green Future

August 9, 2021 at 5:48 am

For nearly four years now the Mullis Center has been working hard to implement recommendations made by Sustainable Connection’s energy audit to improve our building’s efficiency, reduce energy costs, and create a healthier environment. In 2018 our project began by switching to LED lighting, installing low flow aerators throughout the building, installing Ultra-High Efficiency toilets, and  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Are We There Yet? The Mullis Center Cautiously Reopens

July 18, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae.  UPDATE – We are monitoring developments with Delta and other COVID variants that may affect our Mullis Center onsite community meal re-opening. Everyone’s health safety is our top priority. Please stay tuned for more information via our newsletter, website, Facebook page  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Under the Heat Dome

July 1, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae.  There is no denying summer is here and it has arrived with a vengeance! A heat dome has been hovering over the Pacific Northwest giving us delicate Northwesterners temperatures up in the 100s. We are not used to this and need  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Watch Out For Scams!

June 20, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. WC Fields once said, “Never give a sucker an even break” and there are legions of scoundrels out there operating on that very premise. Just this morning in my email I had a puzzling notice regarding an $800 gift  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Talking About My Generation

June 3, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. When I refer to myself as a hippy, I am not bragging. It is aspirational. To this day I aspire to live up to the promise of my love beads and peace signs.  That is why it caught my  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Honors Volunteers

May 11, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. In times past the Mullis Center has celebrated the volunteers who keep the center running with festive occasions. This year, in pandemic mode, the Mullis Center’s appreciation was expressed in a quieter but equally appreciative gesture. Gift bags were  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Friday Harbor Electric Adds Mullis Center Power Source for Dental Vans

April 27, 2021 at 5:30 am

Dental Vans will no Longer use Generators Thanks to Free Installation   “Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. The Mullis Center, the mobile dental clinics and their patients, plus the entire neighborhood around the Mullis Center can breathe a big sigh of relief. Thanks to  Continue Reading