Harry Anderson

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Overcoming an eerie feeling in an empty tourist town

Eerie is an onomatopoeia – a word that sounds like what it means. I was reminded of that tidbit I learned in my high school… Continue reading

 

Passing the time while social distancing, Whidbey-style

We Rock Dwellers are of an independent stripe in how we do most things. That holds true, I have discovered, for how we pass time… Continue reading

 

Rockin’ a Hard Place: How wet and muddy was it last month? Let’s talk it over

Let us all now take a moment, throw back our hoodies, heave a deep sigh of relief and kiss soggy January goodbye. As Cliff Mass,… Continue reading

 

Sound Off: Built to last, and well worth a million bucks

Living in Central Whidbey, I have always thought that having all those historic structures in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve was worth a million bucks,… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Beth’s tasty 20-year road to success at bayleaf

I’m always intrigued by the fascinating, sometimes convoluted stories of how people we see all the time end up living on our Rock. But this… Continue reading

At 72, mechanic still loves getting hands greasy

A retired journalist in Central Whidbey (me) is befuddled when he has no clue how to replace a burned-out turn signal bulb in his eight-year-old… Continue reading

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.