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Her name is Margaret. We call her Maggie—a black lab mix adopted from the local shelter. Maggie is a simple dog which is what I love most about her because life is complicated. 

Yesterday, in the waiting area at my daughter’s orthodontist, I overheard a conversation between two other moms. They were chatting about some of life’s complications. One shared a story about her daughter and some teen-age boyfriend drama, the other related concerns about an aging parent and difficult decisions that would have to be made. 

Meanwhile, I scrolled through the pictures on my phone, pausing as I came across an image of Maggie. She’s looking straight into the lens of the camera, a yellow tennis ball lying on the floor between her front paws. She’s a simple dog and the older I get the more I like simple things. Reruns of Andy Griffith. Tomato sandwiches. Popsicles. A black lab mix adopted from the shelter whose single focus is to chase a ball.

Complications might be a part of life, but so are the simple things and it’s up to us to enjoy them. Come on, Maggie! Let’s go play ball!!

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Holli Singleton

Holli SingletonHolli Singleton is the Assistant Director of Safety & Health Services at NC State Industry Expansion Solutions. In addition to managing the services offered by the Safety and Health Specialists, she develops and presents workplace safety and health education courses, conducts worksite assessments and provides occupational safety and environmental assistance to employers throughout the southeastern region of the United States.