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  • MESHage: Making the Sale

    I was ready to do some BIG shopping last weekend. I walked confidently into the nearby home improvement warehouse, worked my way through lumber, flooring and paint to a veritable playground of refrigerators, dishwashers and ranges. Should I get the French door or side-by-side? Is induction worth the added cost? How difficult is it to […]

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  • MESHage: Daisy—Our Pandemic Puppy

    It seemed like a great idea. Everyone would be home to help, so we got a COVID puppy. She’s the perfect little mutt—based on what we were told, her bloodlines officially include poodle, golden retriever, cocker spaniel and “there ain’t no tellin’ what else might be in there.” Nonetheless, we were smitten and brought eight […]

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  • MESHage: Clearing the Air on What Not to Wear

    Over the last three months, face masks have become all the rage. In some cases, they are practically a fashion statement. Last week, I encountered full snorkeling gear in the produce section at the Harris Teeter and when Phase 2 allowed the re-opening of TJ Maxx, I waited in line for my turn to shop […]

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  • MESHage: Greek Philosophy, COVID-19 and Safety Professionals

    A well-deserved shout-out to 2020 for reminding us of a not-so-famous Greek philosopher, Heraclitis. It was around 500 BC when he famously suggested that the only thing constant is change. Working from home, “Zooming,” wearing an N-95 to the grocery store and consoling a high school senior whose pinnacle year has been hijacked by a […]

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  • MESHage…Getting Better With Age. Well, Maybe Not the Knees.

    My daughter’s 18th birthday was last week and while she was blowing out the candles, all I could think was that in the eyes of the law, she is now officially an “adult,” with all the associated rights and privileges. My baby girl no longer needs her mama. She can march right on into Walgreens […]

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  • Bringing Safety into Focus. 20/20.

    It is 2020. I just got through worrying about rolling over from 1999 to “Y2K.” Remember the chaos that created? Stern warnings from techno geeks around the globe that desktop computers would not start up on January 1. Call me crazy, but I was more concerned about how to say the new date. As it […]

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  • Planning the Magic. And Fast Passes.

    We’re going to Disney! No, our family didn’t win the Super Bowl—our son is working there and we are taking full advantage of all the discounts and Fast Passes he can get for us. As a character at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge, he’s paid to pretend that he is from another planet. Go figure. His younger […]

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  • You, My Friend, Are a Superhero

    So you can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, but you can probably spot unlabeled containers from 75 feet while confiscating an extension cord and explaining how to develop an action plan designed to ensure everyone is safe if that tall building has to be evacuated! Yep, you are a safety professional. You, my […]

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  • Appreciating the Simple Things in Life

    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 […]

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