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: 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 pre­sent­ed  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 Fri­day  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: I’m Vaccinated, Now What?

April 18, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae. It’s been a lit­tle con­fus­ing late­ly. Just as some of us have had our vac­cines and giv­en them a few weeks to sink in, San Juan Island has expe­ri­enced a surge in pos­i­tive Covid cas­es. Accord­ing to San Juan Coun­ty Health San  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Local Celebrities Support Meals On Wheels

April 2, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae. We can­not say it enough. More than ever dur­ing this time of Covid, San Juan County’s Senior Nutri­tion Pro­gram, “Meals on Wheels” serves as a life­line to many of our island seniors. With usu­al fundrais­ing events still out of the  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Book Club Selects Upcoming Titles

March 17, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae. In my last Island Senior arti­cle, The Year of Covid-19, I took stock of the past year, a chal­leng­ing time for most of us, and took note of some of the good things that helped me through a whole year  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: The Year of COVID-19

March 2, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae. My birth­day is in ear­ly March and last year’s girl­friend lunch, themed “Cheese­burg­er in Par­adise” is remem­bered now as the last “nor­mal” social event a few of us had before things start­ed get­ting weird. I remem­ber that month well because  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Valentines Across Generations

February 16, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae. Islanders receiv­ing deliv­ered meals last Fri­day from our Meals on Wheels pro­gram received an extra mes­sage of Valentine’s Day love from the younger gen­er­a­tion. Two groups of young peo­ple, stu­dents from Fri­day Harbor’s Spring Street Inter­na­tion­al School and mem­bers of YAAS,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Getting the Vaccine, Be Patient, Be Kind

February 2, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae. By now you prob­a­bly know a few islanders who have got­ten their first COVID-19 vac­cine. Once Tier 1b opened up to those over 65, there was a rush to get the shot. Because 5,000 or so coun­ty res­i­dents now qual­i­fy, the  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Caring For Your Brain

January 21, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae. Neu­ro­sur­geon and well-known CNN Chief Med­ical Cor­re­spon­dent, Dr. San­jay Gup­ta, MD. was recent­ly fea­tured in the Blue Zones online newslet­ter regard­ing his new book, Keep Sharp: Build a Bet­ter Brain at Any Age.  The Blue Zones is a con­cept based on world­wide  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Some Gentle New Year’s Resolutions From The Mullis Center

January 1, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae. Hap­py New Year! As the old year comes to a close, whether you are in the habit of mak­ing res­o­lu­tions or not, the Mullis Cen­ter offers sev­er­al ways to gen­tly improve your life. To bring joy and well­ness into your life, Zoom  Con­tin­ue Reading