Harry Anderson

Rockin’ a Hard Place: How teaching on our Rock became a culture war zone

When I was in my senior year of high school several centuries B.I. (Before Internet), I was invited with about a dozen other seniors who… Continue reading

 

memorial

They found a beautiful spot for some good friends to rest

When Jim Sherman and Michael Ferri moved to Coupeville, they brought four old friends with them.

 

San Antonio - Torch of Friendship

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Opportunity to make statue a landmark slipping away

Oak Harbor could use a big landmark, something people recognize and talk about when they visit.

 

My garden.

On the Rock, we walk, wander and garden while the sun shines

During sunshine, we are outdoors walking our trails, wandering our beaches and tending our gardens.

My garden.
Joe Gunn holding a freshly backed rhubarb pie. (Photo by Harry Anderson)

How a pie on the Rock became a brand and legend

Whidbey Pies is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

Joe Gunn holding a freshly backed rhubarb pie. (Photo by Harry Anderson)

My wish list to Santa Claus after a very hard Rock year

Dear Santa, This has been a Hard Rock year on Whidbey Island, and I really wish I could mean that just in the music or… Continue reading

Cory Fakkema has brought the family farm near Oak Harbor into the modern age, using more ecologically sound practices that are considered better for the land and livestock. Photo by Ron Newberry

Regenerative agriculture: A new, healthier way to farm

A Whidbey farm is relying on more ecologically sound practices.

Cory Fakkema has brought the family farm near Oak Harbor into the modern age, using more ecologically sound practices that are considered better for the land and livestock. Photo by Ron Newberry

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Making the most of the short end of the drumstick

So here we are, having given thanks for all our blessings on Thanksgiving 2020. But wasn’t the main thing we’re thankful for simply that 2020… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Smoke signal: climate change is here, even on our Rock

We don’t have all this climate change catastrophe stuff going on here on Whidbey, now do we?

Rockin’ a Hard Place | Sarah Richards: growing lavender and setting down roots

Rockin’ a Hard Place | Sarah Richards: growing lavender and setting down roots

This resume will make you blink twice and shake your head. A young woman grows up on an island surrounded by farms. In college, she… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place | Sarah Richards: growing lavender and setting down roots
Rockin’ a Hard Place: Overcoming an eerie feeling in an empty tourist town

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

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

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

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

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Beth’s tasty 20-year road to success at bayleaf
At 72, mechanic still loves getting hands greasy

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

At 72, mechanic still loves getting hands greasy
New public restrooms in the parking lot at Town Green are open for flushing
New public restrooms in the parking lot at Town Green are open for flushing
Rockin’ a Hard Place: Balkanizing the Rock: What distrust may lead to

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: Balkanizing the Rock: What distrust may lead to
Rockin’ a Hard Place: Chef adds farming to his resume

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: Chef adds farming to his resume
ROCKIN’ A HARD PLACE: SPIN Café will finally get its spin | Corrected

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: SPIN Café will finally get its spin | Corrected