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: If We Make It Through December

December 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Pretty sure Merle Haggard was not thinking about a spiking global pandemic when he penned the lyrics to his classic country song, If We Make It Through December, yet I can’t think of a more fitting song for wrapping  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Thanksgiving Take-Out

November 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Islanders are creative resourceful people. For everyone’s health and to see our way through this pandemic, holidays will be a little different this year. That does not mean we cannot celebrate, enjoy good food, share with our loved ones  Continue Reading

Island Senior: COVID Fatigue, The Third Wave and The Holidays

November 7, 2020 at 5:30 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. How are we doing? Eight months into this pandemic and we are all tired of it; tired of staying home, tired of wearing masks, tired of washing our hands all the time. It is easy to get lulled into  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Tips From the Blue Zones For Hearty Longevity

October 17, 2020 at 5:45 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… The concept of “blue zones” grew out of a demographic study identifying Sardina, Italy as a region with a high concentration of centenarians. Researchers who drew concentric blue circles on maps highlighting villages of extreme longevity began to refer  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Be Proactive for a Healthy Happy Winter

October 1, 2020 at 2:17 pm

Editor’s Note – This story is being re-posted with corrected information. The flu shot clinic at the Mullis Center will actually be on Thursday the 15th from 1:30pm to 4pm. *Not* the 13th as previously posted. Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… As we enjoy  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Simple Home Remedies For Smokey Days

September 16, 2020 at 5:52 am

Its wildfire season in the west and air quality is bad. Everyone, but especially those of us with compromising health issues are recommended to stay indoors with windows closed and avoid breathing the particulates in the smokey air as much as possible. You can check current air quality on the website Purple Air. In my  Continue Reading

A Smokey Morning on San Juan Island

September 8, 2020 at 10:08 am

From San Juan Island Fire and Rescue… As you have seen already, it is a poor day for air quality throughout the San Juan Islands and Western Washington State.   There is no wildland fire in San Juan County at this time. 9-1-1 Dispatch received several calls from concerned residents overnight due to the strong  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery: Features David Ridgway

September 8, 2020 at 5:30 am

Waterworks Gallery invites you to a socially distanced Prosecco Night Opening featuring the work of David Ridgway on Thursday, September 10, 4 – 7 pm.   Since its inception in 1985 WaterWorks Gallery has a tradition of reinvention. The 2020 show schedule broadens the concept of the ART AiSLE. Monthly, the gallery hosts a recent  Continue Reading

Southern Resident Killer Whale Superpod!

September 7, 2020 at 5:08 pm

More good news from the Center for Whale Research… This video was taken during our encounter with the endangered Southern Resident killer whales on September 5, 2020. All three pods (J, K, and L) came together in the same area. This gathering is known as a Superpod. Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research, Founder/Senior Scientist,  Continue Reading

Update on Fire Ban: Temporary Fire Ban in Effect

September 7, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Just a reminder that the San Juan County Fire Chiefs, in coordination with the San Juan County Fire Marshall and San Juan County Department of Emergency Management have issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities beginning today, Monday, September 7, 2020 through to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. The burn ban  Continue Reading