Harry Anderson

Harry posted 33 stories to Whidbey Examiner.
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Farewell, Examiner. You taught me a lot about the Rock

It’s always tough to say goodbye to an old friend, especially one…

  • Jan 22nd, 2017 12:52pm

Overstuffed and underfed: A holiday tale on the rock

As I think about all the great food and drink I consumed…

  • Jan 4th, 2017 4:29pm

Rockin’ A Hard Place: Enjoying the beauty of nature’s holiday decorations

I hear a lot of folks on our Rock saying that, this…

  • Dec 7th, 2016 4:02pm

A few wishbones to pick before Thanksgiving arrives

It’s been a pretty rotten year. Terrorism, disasters, crime, wars, nasty politics.…

  • Nov 17th, 2016 1:30am

Healing power of a walk on the beach | Rockin’ a Hard Place

I took a walk along the beach one afternoon last week. I hadn’t done that for ages. I did it because I had a lot on my mind. Scientists says salt air by the shoreline contains negatively charged hydrogen ions that help us absorb oxygen and balance out serotonin levels, resulting in more energy and diminished depression. Whatever the reason, a walk on the beach always helps clear the clutter in my head.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 5:11pm

Proud self-enforcer of the speed limit | Rockin’ a Hard Place

One of the things I like most about living on the Rock is our pride in manners and proper driving habits. Indeed, our town speed limit is 25 mph, and we have only one town marshal. So, therefore, we are proud to self-enforce our speed limit. In fact, if you pull up and hug our bumper, we may just go even slower than the limit. I have to admire the brave souls who do that, thereby suffering even worse slings and arrows of outraged people in a hurry.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 8:20pm

Fame, banner year for Whidbey’s bean | Rockin’ a Hard Place

We had a lot of rain early this spring, then a lot of sun, then a lot of cooler temperatures, then a lot more sun. Those in the know about such things on Central Whidbey can add it up. After a couple thin years, 2016 should produce a great harvest of Rockwell beans.

  • Aug 11th, 2016 7:00pm

The Scenic Isle Byway becomes a traffic jam | Rockin’ a Hard Place

Has anyone else noticed how much traffic seems to have increased on our Rock’s two-lane main artery with a split personality that morphs from Highway 525 into Highway 20? The Fourth of July weekend was cloudy and chilly, but that didn’t deter the bumper-to-bumper line-up inching through Bayview and Freeland, or creeping through Oak Harbor.

  • Jul 5th, 2016 9:52pm

Lettuce celebrate! School garden turns a year old | Rockin’ a Hard Place

Second graders at Coupeville Elementary School held their very first “salad celebration” in their classroom late last month. On a Thursday, they carefully arranged place settings for themselves with bowls, forks and napkins.

  • Jun 7th, 2016 10:15pm

Another weekend, another round of fundraisers to attend | Rockin’ a Hard Place

It’s been a beautiful spring weekend on the Rock. Sun was out, flowers were in bloom, farmers’ markets were bustling, sailboats and kayaks were out, lawns were mowed. And, of course, there were at least five non-profit fundraising events to attend up and down the island. Make that at least six. There was one wine-and-cheese affair I didn’t receive an invitation to. How did that happen?

  • May 4th, 2016 6:29pm

Get up the nerve to serve, preserve Ebey’s Reserve | Rockin’ a Hard Place

When you live on the Rock, it is almost impossible not to volunteer. Hardly a day goes by without some opportunity to do something good for someone around here.

  • Apr 20th, 2016 9:46am

Rain is something we can all agree on | Rockin’ a Hard Place

I hesitate to say that this winter’s rain has set a record here on the Rock. Somebody out there would surely arm-wrestle me over that. Until recently, weather gauges — even the good ones — were not always reliable. So I will politely avoid an argument over this being the wettest winter ever. It just feels like it.

  • Mar 9th, 2016 5:07pm

Rock dweller’s guide to love and romance | Rockin’ a Hard Place

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Love is in the air, chocolate fills every store shelf and lovers put on public displays of affection at every opportunity. But, although we like romance as much as anybody and we take love seriously here on the Rock, talking about such things can make us squirm.

  • Feb 4th, 2016 12:00am

Time of year for unsolicited thanks and best wishes | Rockin’ a Hard Place

January’s a good month to be thankful and wishful. After all, there’s not much else to do; it gets dark too early, the tides are too high for beach walking, and it’s too cold outside.

  • Jan 19th, 2016 10:16pm

Whidbey/AIR endeavor was a valiant effort by all | Rockin’ A Hard Place

Long, long ago – about 15 years, to be exact, BFB (before Facebook), BTW (before Twitter) and BSP (before smart phones) – a few passionate people on Whidbey Island were very upset that the Rock had no local public radio station to call its own.

  • Dec 9th, 2015 6:04pm

Raspberry farm takes a hit: Mile Post 19 looks to future after plants die

Two years ago this month, Michele Lynn and Jerry Raitzer were over the moon with anticipation. Their Whidbey Island dream had come true. Today, however, the dream has been altered dramatically — but they insist it’s not dead.

  • Nov 11th, 2015 5:26pm

The rejuvenating effect of more kids | Rockin’ a Hard Place

I was happy to see that enrollment in Coupeville’s public schools is on the rise after steadily declining for the past decade. The town’s been feeling a bit arthritic and it needs a burst of youthful energy. We can use more kick-ball screaming and jump-rope rhyming; hopefully that will help drown out the clatter of so many canes and walkers.

  • Nov 4th, 2015 8:37pm

No one said owning a farm would be easy | Rockin’ a Hard Place

There are many qualities to admire about us Whidbey folk. One that I notice frequently is how fiercely we battle to keep things just the way they are. We fight tooth-and-nail against big development, environmental travesties or any sign of America creeping toward our pristine shores. We’d sooner jump off the Deception Pass Bridge than permit a billboard or neon sign, for instance.

  • Sep 2nd, 2015 8:24pm

A day of peace and love on the Rock | Rockin’ a Hard Place

With the dog days of summer upon us, it’s a perfect moment for a lazy, hazy, crazy memory of my days of Rock past.

  • Aug 5th, 2015 6:16pm

Splinters of thought for a wooden year | Rockin’ a Hard Place

Six years ago this month, my spouse, two dogs and I began our new lives on the Rock. Hallmark Cards says the correct sixth anniversary gift should be wood, but please don’t bother. We already have plenty of that on this evergreen-encrusted isle.

  • Jul 1st, 2015 5:32pm

We salute the flag and then argue about it | Rockin’ A Hard Place

I am struck by how patriotic we Rock dwellers are. That’s not to say our brothers and sisters in America don’t love the red, white and blue as much or support our troops with equal passion or, for that matter, pay as many – or often more — taxes.

  • Jun 4th, 2015 6:47pm

Looking forward to political season on the Rock this year | Rockin’ A Hard Place

It must be something in the air that makes it so difficult for us Rock dwellers to agree on anything. Maybe it’s another effect of pollen from evergreen trees. In addition to sinusitis.

  • May 6th, 2015 9:53pm

Rock-Speak: Off, on, up and down the island | Rockin’ a Hard Place

Over the years, we Whidbey dwellers have developed our own language. Let’s call it Rockish. It usually consists of a phrase or two mingled into common America-speak, which itself is derived – some would say deteriorated – from the Queen’s English.

  • Apr 2nd, 2015 12:22am

The mollusk that ate Coupeville and vice versa | Rockin’ a Hard Place

Hard to believe, but not too long ago some folks on the Rock didn’t care much for mussels. The creatures disfigured dock pilings and messed up boat bottoms. Their sharp-edged shells cut your bare feet. They were tough and rubbery if you ate the big ones right off the beach. And the idea that someone would create a commercial mussel farm and plop several dozen floating platforms on pristine Penn Cove waters just off Madrona Way raised more than a few Rock hackles back in the 1970s.

  • Mar 4th, 2015 10:54pm

Grave marker’s tale of love and prejudice

In historic Sunnyside Cemetery, overlooking beautiful Ebey’s Prairie, there are hundreds of old and elaborate markers showing where the prairie’s white pioneer farmers and their families eternally rest.

  • Feb 5th, 2015 12:03am

Memories bring year to a close on the Rock | Rockin’ A Hard Place

Few of us bother to sing the third verse of “Deck the Halls” at Christmastime, but it’s a sweet celebration of the new year’s approach: “Fast away the old year passes / Hail the new, ye lads and lasses / Sing we joyous all together / Heedless of the wind and weather!” So, ye Whidbey lads and lasses, herewith I sing carols about some fond year-end memories here on the Rock, heedless of our wind and weather.

  • Jan 8th, 2015 6:16pm

You can’t beat holidays on the Rock | Rockin’ A Hard Place

You know what I enjoy most about holiday season on the Rock? Wherever I go, it’s as if the last 50 years never happened.

  • Dec 4th, 2014 1:00am

Keep it charming, historic, genuine | Rockin’ A Hard Place

I just spent 17 days crossing something amazing off my bucket list. In September, I cruised the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers on a luxury boat with 160 other bedazzled tourists through six countries, past countless castles, innumerable cathedrals and more cobblestones than there are stars in heaven.

  • Nov 6th, 2014 1:11am

When Armageddon hits, I will survive

I grew up in the 1950s in Tacoma. My mother was a modern housewife who thanked heaven every day for making her life easier with Betty Crocker cake mixes, Swanson’s TV dinners, Hamburger Helper and store-bought everything.

  • Sep 3rd, 2014 9:28pm

My unabashed crush on the Rock | Rockin’ A Hard Place

Dear Whidbey Island, This summer marks the fifth anniversary since you and I moved in together, and I am more in love with you today than ever. You have made me forget every other place I ever lived: Tacoma, Seattle, Vietnam, Japan, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Dallas.

  • Aug 6th, 2014 10:07pm

Duck and Cover: the invaders have arrived | Rockin’ A Hard Place

The annual summer invasion of the Rock has begun. There are creepy, curious, voracious creatures everywhere, and I’m not talking about tented caterpillars littering our footsteps. Squish, squish, squish.

  • Jul 2nd, 2014 11:35pm

The friends of Bill are woven together | Rockin’ A Hard Place

My friend Bill Dyer died recently, just shy of his 88th birthday.

  • Jun 4th, 2014 10:06pm

Rockin’ A Hard Place: The true meaning of rockin’ a potluck

What is it about life on the Rock that makes all of us so contented most of the time? Can’t be the weather — too wet. Can’t be the booming economy — it isn’t. Can’t be the scintillating night life — um, let’s not go there.

  • Apr 16th, 2014 5:48pm