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Poppy wants to live in a world where everyone's story matters, regardless of their income or way of life.

As a photographer, she's won ribbons at the county fair. As a spiritual seeker and writer, she's been featured in Jen Louden's The Life Organizer and once published an article at allthingsgirl.net.

When she's not writing or photographing her story, she can be found at her day job as a technology consultant, or at home snuggling her cats, or in the park, taking a walk with her husband.

What I'm Reading This Week

What I'm Reading This Week

I’ve had a lot of late nights this week, not a lot of time - or frankly, brainpower - for reading.

It’s not just about the turkey - Green Tea & Gratitude

My Litany of Loss is long. So is yours. Human life is HARD, and our emotional and mental wellbeing ultimately comes down to how well we process and carry those losses: whether we go forward, slowly at first, but always gaining ground, until at last, some of our burdens can be safely left behind, or we are so weighed down by them that we can’t go on and life in the present seems impossible.

Cover Your Ears - Green Tea & Gratitude

Real life. Real life that’s scary and wonderful and imperfect and glorious. It’s in you, that safety, that comfort. Happiness. Acceptance. Relax into it and let the rest go.

Stay Out - Eve Marko

We want to be good people, we try to be good people. Maybe it was once an evolutionary mechanism to help us survive, to ignore so many of the contradictions in our lives in order to go on, raise our children, go to church, meditate, go about our day calmly.

Hope as a Horizon - Kathleen Wall

So I have continued to read Rebecca Solnit's Hope in the Dark, and I find that she has good advice for depressives, activists, and creative people.  In a later chapter wonderfully titled "Getting the Hell Out of Paradise," she talks about the impatience of activists who believe that they have failed because they have not created utopia.

The Pause - the On Being weekly newsletter

“Sometimes we don't need to pursue happiness. We just need to pause and let it catch up with us.”

A Study in Scarlet Women - Sherry Thomas (Amazon Barnes & Noble Powells)

The Biblical Humanist Companion - John Nichols (Amazon Barnes & Noble )

Coffee and Conversation

Coffee and Conversation

Things I've Done This Week So Far

Things I've Done This Week So Far