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  • Heat. Humidity. Havoc. And Hazardous Waste

    For. The. Love. It has been hotter than proverbial Hades in my part of the world and don’t tell me “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Whatever it is–it’s wreaking havoc and, to quote Jane Austen, I have been in a “continuous state of inelegance!” Not to suggest that I am ever particularly elegant, […]

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  • Goats. Yoga. And Fall Prevention for Youth Workers.

    On a mission to plan a family weekend adventure, I recently googled “things to do” and “events calendar” for a multitude of nearby towns and boroughs. Imagine my surprise when I came across an opportunity for an afternoon excursion to Chapel Hill where the whole family could participate in Goat Yoga. Yes, you read that […]

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  • March Madness Takes on Whole New Meaning

    The NCAA and 64 college teams think they have ownership of “March Madness,” but I’m here to tell you my family is knee-deep in March Madness and it has nothing to do with basketball!  You would think we would have adjusted by now, but my entire household is still reeling from losing that one precious […]

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  • Two Novel Ideas for the New Year

    Happy New Year! It’s Holli Singleton, your MESH spokesperson here wishing you a safe and prosperous 2018! As usual, my family celebrated the New Year by eating! And it’s the same every year—Grandmamma cooks the ham and my sisters and I bring the rest—collard greens, black-eyed peas, cornbread, deviled eggs, peach cobbler and pants with […]

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  • No Tricks. Unmasking Confusion Around Competent Person Training

    As always, Halloween was a big deal in my neighborhood this year. A. Really Big. Deal. Families call in grandma to manage candy distribution at their houses, while mom, dad, all the kids, and even Rover dress up and go trick or treating in blinged-out golf carts with scary sound effects blaring from bluetooth speakers! […]

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  • Celebrating NC Workers

    Whew, Labor Day is over—with so much to squeeze into a three day weekend, I wasn’t sure I was going to come through unscathed! In the block of time between Friday and Monday, summer ended, white shoes got packed away, burgers and dogs were grilled and I made it to the Labor Day Mattress Blow-Out Sale before all the Queen Pillowtops were sold!

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  • Deadlines. Meetings. Email. Oh My.

    Deadlines! Meetings! Email! Laundry! The car needs an oil change! The grass hasn’t been mowed! Oh, my goodness – life can be so noisy! And hear me when I say this past month has been a little louder than average.

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  • Promposal. Muumuu. And a Crane Class.

    Last week, my 15 year old daughter accepted a “promposal” and my husband is beside himself.  Her suitor is a bag boy at Harris Teeter, wears his pants up at his waist and drives a 1999 Ford Focus with an “I Heart Marching Band” bumper sticker—I’m thinking we need to focus on the positives! Shopping […]

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  • I’m Singin’ in the Rain!

    But before I kick up my heels and pretend to be Gene Kelly, let me grab my umbrella and slip on my rain boots!  And, since I am a safety professional, you can bet your soggy socks that I’ll be avoiding complicated dance moves. No tap dancing or tangos—I’m playing it safe with a simple […]

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