Topic: Island Senior

Island Senior: New Flag at the Mullis Center Honors Margret Lackey

Written on July 31, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

A new flag is flying over the Mullis Center. The flag is a gift to the Mullis Center from the family of Margret Lackey in honor of their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Not only has the Lackey family provided the Mullis Center with a new flag, they also generously oversaw long needed repairs to the  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Surviving Cabin Fever

Written on July 16, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… According to Wikipedia, cabin fever refers to “claustrophobic irritability or restlessness experienced when a person, or group, is stuck at an isolated location or in confined quarters for an extended period of time”. Anybody relate? They go on to say…  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus, How Is Your Mental Health?

Written on June 30, 2020 at 11:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… With the pressure and stress of opening up our destination vacation island only to then slow the opening back down, the arrival of visitors with and without masks, spiking COVID numbers across the nation, not to mention prolonged isolation,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Town Installs Poetry Gardens

Written on June 17, 2020 at 7:35 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It’s June and gardens on the island are burgeoning with new life. At the Mullis Center more than foliage and flowers has sprung up. Among the greenery on the east side of the building you will now find poems  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus – Phase 2

Written on May 31, 2020 at 10:14 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It is summer in the San Juans and San Juan County has moved into Phase 2 of our state’s four-phased Safe Start Washington plan. What does this mean for island seniors as local businesses slowly begin to open up,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Still Coping With Coronavirus

Written on May 16, 2020 at 7:23 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Island Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Its been a few months now of staying home and staying healthy, of wearing masks and gloves to the grocery store, of staying six feet apart from friends we’d really like to hug, of meetings on Zoom. How  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Local Artist’s T-Shirt Sales Support Local Seniors

Written on May 1, 2020 at 7:04 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… With community lunches on hold due to COVID-19 it may seem like not much is happening these days at the Mullis Center. However, since the lockdown, the number of meals delivered to local seniors by our Meals on Wheels  Continue Reading

Island Senior: What’s on the Bookshelf?

Written on April 16, 2020 at 9:27 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… On Monday the Mullis Center Book Club met for the first time using Zoom. This was also my first time using Zoom so I was happy to discover how easy it was. The Book Club is facilitated by San  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus II, Staying Home, Staying Healthy

Written on April 1, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… How is everybody doing? As an introvert who already works at home having to stay home has not changed my lifestyle very much. Yet, it is different. I am aware now that I touch my face way too much  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus

Written on March 16, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Things have moved so swiftly with the coronavirus it seems like we were just watching it on the news unfolding in China then suddenly it was close to home. Now our schools, the library, churches and offices are closed  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Sleep Awareness Week

Written on March 1, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… One of my favorite quotes about sleep comes from former Secretary of State Colin Powell who said, “I’m sleeping like a baby… Every two hours I wake up screaming.” Hopefully your sleep is more restful!  As we get older  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Celebrating Presidents Day

Written on February 16, 2020 at 10:05 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… There will be no lunch served at the Mullis Center on Monday. Presidents Day is a federal holiday; banks and the post office are also closed. Before the Uniform Federal Holidays act of 1971 we observed Abraham Lincoln’s birthday  Continue Reading

Island Senior: For a Healthy Heart, Eat Your Oats!

Written on February 1, 2020 at 8:20 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… A Scotsman was eating his oats when an Englishman scoffed, “In England we feed oats to our horses.” “Aye,” said the Scot, “That is why England raises the best horses… and Scotland the best men.” So said my dad, Jim  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Surviving Winter Storms

Written on January 15, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… We islanders enjoy what is normally a mild climate but every once in a while we get blasted with a winter storm. If you’ve lived here for a while you have stories to tell of power outages, frozen pipes,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Welcoming the New Year with Self Care Classes at The Mullis Center

Written on January 1, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Whether the New Year brings with it a desire to counter the indulgences of the holidays or an ongoing intention to retain and improve your health and well being, the Mullis Center’s regular classes; Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, both  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Says Goodbye to 2019

Written on December 17, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… As the year 2019 comes to an end we San Juan Islanders can count our blessings. We live on a beautiful island and we have a senior center with much to offer.  This year the Mullis Center has seen  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Simplify For A Meaningful Holiday Season

Written on December 2, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… There is a certain amount of hustle and bustle that inevitably accompanies the holiday season. Here are just a few ideas that may help limit the stresses and increase the joys of celebrating the holidays: Give the gift of shared  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Annual Holiday Artisan Craft Fair

Written on November 16, 2019 at 1:04 pm, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Get your holiday season shopping off to a festive start at the Mullis Center’s Holiday Craft Fair. The Fair happens the weekend before Thanksgiving, this year on Friday, November 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and on Saturday, November  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Cooking With Kate, The Mullis Center’s New Cook

Written on November 1, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… The Mullis Center has a new lead cook. I was delighted to learn the new cook is my friend Kate Stone.  Kate recently returned to San Juan Island after moving with her family to New Zealand for a 5-year  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mindfulness and a Healthy Brain

Written on October 17, 2019 at 6:24 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… The practice of mindfulness is an important tool to have in your mental toolbox especially when life gets stressful. I’ve learned different mindfulness techniques or meditation practices over the years mostly within the context of a yoga class or  Continue Reading

Island Senior: “Grandma’s Garden” Remembering Belle Mullis

Written on September 30, 2019 at 8:13 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Recently my sister Betty unearthed a piece of applique needlework that I made in the 80s called “Grandma’s Garden”. It was my fanciful depiction of our grandmother Belle Mullis working in her garden. As kids growing up in the  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Shopping With “Soroptibucks”

Written on September 16, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Eating fresh wholesome food is one of the cornerstones of maintaining good health. As anyone who shops for food knows, this can get expensive. Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor has generated greater access to good food by partnering with San  Continue Reading