Harry Anderson

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Balkanizing the Rock: What distrust may lead to

I’m just back from a dream trip along the coast of Slovenia and Croatia. Roman ruins everywhere, gorgeous sunsets, the clear blue waters of the… Continue reading

 

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Chef adds farming to his resume

He’s about to turn 35, so it’s only natural that a creative spirit like Tyler Hansen would feel the urge to try yet another challenge.… Continue reading

 

ROCKIN’ A HARD PLACE: SPIN Café will finally get its spin | Corrected

O ak Harbor’s SPIN Café is about to get the spin cycle it was always supposed to have. And wash and rinse. And also a… Continue reading

 

Rockin’ A Hard Place: Saddling up to find happy, peaceful, quiet trails for all

You’d think I’d be used to it. The December through February funk. Dark, dank, depressing. We’ve all been told we should have known it when… Continue reading

Sound Off: Newspaper appropriately followed five W’s, and H

Since moving to our beloved Rock 10 years ago, I have been intrigued by the number of serious, often weird crimes that are committed on… Continue reading

Rev. Peter H. Rood

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church gets a new rector-pastor

The Rev. Peter H. Rood, an Episcopal priest and spiritual teacher, is the new rector and pastor for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Oak Harbor.… Continue reading

Rev. Peter H. Rood

Rockin’ a Hard Place: A rock dweller’s wish list for Christmas

With the plywood snowmen now up around Coupeville and the plywood toy soldiers now up on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor, it must be time… Continue reading

Doug Kroon stands on the porch of the old officer’s house at Camp Casey where his family once lived

ROCKIN A HARD PLACE: Island life’s sweet for Knead and Feed’s Kroon

How’s this for an idyllic childhood? A large family with seven kids — four girls, three boys — moves from an increasingly crowded Seattle suburb… Continue reading

Doug Kroon stands on the porch of the old officer’s house at Camp Casey where his family once lived

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Want more in your newspaper? Subscribe

I think I was born with printer’s ink in my veins. When I was 3 years old, I sat on my dad’s lap for what… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Some lessons we can learn from Irish

I’m just back from a three-week dream vacation to Ireland. Glory be! How I did eat well, see beautiful things and talk with good-humored folk… Continue reading

The 1960s
The 1960s
Photo by Harry Anderson
                                Cauliflower develops large tough leaves to protect the young head.

Rockin’ A Hard Place: A cure for the summertime blues in my own backyard

I am old enough to remember the summer of 1958, when a rockabilly singer named Eddie Cochran released a song called “Summertime Blues.” It includes… Continue reading

Photo by Harry Anderson
                                Cauliflower develops large tough leaves to protect the young head.
Anderson at the parade.

Marching, waving, saluting, singing … because it’s fun

As soon as I moved to the Rock nine years ago, friends kept telling me, “You absolutely have to go to the Coupeville Memorial Day… Continue reading

Anderson at the parade.

A venerable local captain acquires three new — and young — commanders

The Captain Whidbey Inn, a beloved Central Whidbey landmark, has been around for 111 years. Last week, as we sat on the inn’s outdoor cocktail… Continue reading

Trading her keyboard for kale: A rock farmer’s tale

Farmers have little time for chit-chat. If it’s not planting time, it’s harvest time, or it’s time to clean the barn or order seed or… Continue reading

Spotting a few moments of world peace during Musselfest

The first weekend in March I toiled as a volunteer over a hot grill, cooking and selling “prairie dogs” at the annual Coupeville MusselFest to… Continue reading

Celebrations, events planned to honor of 40th anniversary of Ebey’s Reserve

Special events throughout 2018 will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, a community partnership that has preserved, maintained… Continue reading

Rockin’ A Hard Place: Remembering a whole lot about a land that time forgot

It’s always good to hear visitors marvel at our beautiful sights here on the Rock. Last fall, while taking a stroll on the Ridge Trail… Continue reading

Rockin’ A Hard Place: Happy trails to you, until we meet in Coupeville

Over Christmas and New Year’s, some friends sat around our house sharing favorite memories over hot cider. I chimed in with the best toy I… Continue reading

Rockin’ A Hard Place: Thanks, Whidbey, for everything you have, every day

I know it sounds a bit Pollyanna-ish, but living here on the Rock does make me think it’s Thanksgiving every day. How could you not… Continue reading