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 and  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 to  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 card  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 atten­tion that  Con­tin­ue Reading