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: 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

Island Senior: Please Remember the Mullis Center with Year-End Giving

December 16, 2020 at 4:30 am

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae. Any way you look at it, 2020 has been one heck of a year. Times have been tough for many islanders. For some of us, stay­ing at home with­out our usu­al social inter­ac­tions has been the brunt of it. That has  Con­tin­ue Reading

Organizers Thank Community Thanksgiving Volunteers

December 6, 2020 at 4:00 am

This year’s 22ndAnnu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Thanks­giv­ing adapt­ed to our covid cir­cum­stance and was appre­ci­at­ed by many islanders in the form of a free “take-out” Thanks­giv­ing meal with all the trim­mings.  The event was spon­sored by King’s Mar­ket, Print­onyx, Islanders Insur­ance and the Mullis Cen­ter and orga­nized by Diana and Kevin Porter.  Diana says a hearty “Thank  Con­tin­ue Reading

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 up  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 even  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 feel­ing  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 to  Con­tin­ue Reading