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: Changes, and the San Juan Update

January 15, 2022 at 6:11 pm

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  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Bringing In The New Year With Katerina Wen on YouTube

December 31, 2021 at 4:56 pm

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… If you are any­thing like me being snowed in dur­ing a pan­dem­ic over the hol­i­days involved plen­ty of Christ­mas movies, whole sea­son binges, plus more than the usu­al baked goods, sweets, and fes­tive bev­er­ages. Also, if you are like me,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Self-Care for the Holidays

December 16, 2021 at 8:43 am

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… Here come the hol­i­days! It’s a time to con­nect with the peo­ple that we love. It’s whirl of sparkling activ­i­ties and time-hon­ored tra­di­tions that can bring with it the stress of keep­ing up with our social cal­en­dars. Plus Covid. This  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Healthy Holidays and the COVID-19 Variant Omicron

December 1, 2021 at 5:50 am

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… Cel­e­brat­ing Thanks­giv­ing with friends, all of us dou­ble vaxed and boost­ered, we enjoyed a relax­ing evening with­out wear­ing masks. In spite of win­ter spikes in local num­bers of COVID cas­es it was begin­ning to look like we might be approach­ing  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Election Results

November 16, 2021 at 5:38 pm

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… This year’s elec­tion of can­di­dates for the Mullis Center’s Oper­a­tions Com­mit­tee has been unprece­dent­ed in many ways. To fill every seat more peo­ple ran for posi­tions than ever before. With over 900 bal­lots com­ing in more peo­ple vot­ed for the  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Vote Nov 8 — 11

November 1, 2021 at 5:45 am

Final­ly, it is time to vote! The Mullis Cen­ter needs your vote Novem­ber 8 – 11. If you are a senior, 60 years old or old­er, or dis­abled, and live in San Juan Dis­trict includ­ing San Juan, Hen­ry, Brown, Spieden, Stu­art, Johns, Pearl, and Flat Top islands, you are eli­gi­ble to vote. You DO NOT have  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center, A Family Legacy and Gift to Island Seniors

October 16, 2021 at 5:57 am

On the out­side of the Mullis Cen­ter build­ing there is a Plaque that reads, This land is a gift to the seniors of San Juan Island to hon­or the mem­o­ry of our grand­par­ents, George and Emma Mullis and our par­ents Frank and Belle Mullis. From Ina Mullis Gustin, James and Flo­rence Mullis Lang, Wal­lace and  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: It’s Time to Vote!

October 1, 2021 at 5:46 am

If you are a res­i­dent of San Juan Dis­trict, includ­ing San Juan Island, Hen­ry, Brown, Spieden, Stu­art, Johns, Pearl, or Flat Top Islands, and if you are 60 years old or old­er, or if you have a dis­abil­i­ty… you are eli­gi­ble to vote in the upcom­ing elec­tion of the Mullis Center’s Oper­a­tions Com­mit­tee. Although your  Con­tin­ue Reading

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