July 29, 2015

Lessons learned on lying, stealing recalled

Rhonda Humble


My mother always said she couldn’t abide a liar.  “Even if you murder someone,” she’d always admonish me. “Tell me the truth, and then we’ll handle the situation.”

I never questioned if my mom thought I was …

COLUMN: Growing old doesn’t mean changing styles

Rhonda Humble


I’m getting a bit touchy about my age. A few associates have recently implied I might be on the downhill slide of middle age, but if they are trying to tell me something, I have decided not …

OPINION: On big shots and bumblebees

By Rhonda Humble

I miss the old days when it was okay to be an eccentric character. We seem to have lost something in our hodge-podge of politically correct earth tones.

My dad was an inveterate putterer. He came back …

OPINION: Tales from my bedside

Rhonda Humble


It’s an age-old question:

If a 200-year-old Oak tree growing 4-feet from your house falls, rips out your patio and lands on your new riding lawn mower, will you hear it?
Not necessarily, but the repercussions can …

OPINION: Debate unfashionable in age of sound bytes

Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Gardner News in October 2004.

My dad used to pride himself on being able to debate any issue.
A self-educated man, he would read anything, and once a subject caught his …

OPINION: Tweeple don’t need RSS feeds for news

Rhonda Humble

Guest Columnist

There’s not room in my head for anything else.

I think I have reached the tipping point where I’m becoming resistant to change. I’ve just learned to program my VCR, and now I’m expected to wire …

Column: Slow down; smell the weeds

Rhonda Humble


It’s always disconcerting to run across a rude or mean-spirited person, but if you work with the public, you know they are out there.  Thankfully, they are in the minority.

There’s a difference between someone who is …

Opinion: Government mentally less like public service, more like big business

This column first appeared in the Dec. 14, 2005, edition of The Gardner News

Government seems to have taken on a life of its own.
As opposed to being “by the people, for the people,” government entities —  schools, counties, …