Mira celebration

I am sorry for the sad news. We are trying to reach all that knew Mira and some email addresses are not good anymore.


Mira Leslie, of Seattle, Washington, died on March 10, 2017 after a brief illness. Born December 8, 1955, she was 61 years old.

Mira was a world traveler, having lived all over the United States, Canada, London, Mexico and India. She was a Public Health Veterinarian, graduating from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. In addition to serving as the Public Health Veterinarian in Arizona and Washington, and working for the Province of British Columbia, Canada, Mira was chairperson of the Rabies Compendium and a long time member of the National Association of Public Health Veterinarians.

Mira was a life-long advocate for social justice and active in the peace movement, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and the Freedom Project-Seattle prison programs, as well as numerous other organizations. She was inspired to fight social injustice and work for world peace by her late father, Dr. Charles Leslie. Mira will be missed by her mother Zelda, brothers Mario and Sam, Sister-in-Law Linda, nephews Max, Liam, and Tanner, her niece Grace, and family members in Italy. She will also be missed by many loving friends and colleagues.

Contributions in Mira’s honor may be made to organizations she supported, including the ACLU, NAACP, Doctors Without Borders, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Center for Biological Diversity. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 from 1-4 pm at the Hillman City Colloboratory, 5623 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118. She touched many people and leaves behind a legacy to be admired. She made a difference.


We are still in the Seattle Area. For the last part of Dec, we were in Port Townsend, WA, visiting Robn’s daughter. On Dec 31, we came back to Snohomish, WA and during the night we had snow and colder than usual weather for a week so far. Mornings are typically 14F (-10C), with highs around 35F (2C).


I had to make a heated hummingbird feeder, since it would otherwise freeze in 2 hrs.

We are fine, but do use a lot of propane to keep warm.

We are quite well. In brief, this is/was our year.

We had spent longer than expected in the USA in 2015, but we got back to Robn’s boat in Trinidad in Nov 2015. 2016 began with us in Trinidad, continuing work on Robn’s boat. We flew to Washington, DC in late April for “Democracy Spring”, and “Democracy Awakening.” Then back to Trinidad. Then to New York City for a week and then the Democratic Convention in Philly.

And, July 31st, we flew to Milan, Italy for a week and then to Alegria in Finike, for about 80 days. Then, Zurich for a week and Paris for about 10 days. Then, to near Schenectady to visit Robn’s brother and sister in law for about a week.

After that, we flew to Seattle and have been visiting friends and seeing misc routine medical folks. It seems that Dave has a funky tooth and a shoulder problem that has been up and down for 20 yrs. They are conspiring to keep us here for 3 months more. But, we seem to be getting good results.

But we are both in excellent health. Robn’s intermittent and annoying walking slow downs seem to be gone after a therapeutic massage treatment last year. In our lifestyle, easily walking, here and there is very important.

We bought a 21ft RV and are learning many new things. Like it was not designed to be used in near and below freezing weather. In the short time that we were doing research, the European and UK RVs looked SOOOOO much better. But, this is what seemed best at the moment. It will help us to learn what to watch for in a next one.


Dave & Robn