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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.

The Human-ness of All People

The Human-ness of All People

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I’ve seen the sharing of pictures of migrants and asylum seeking people traveling to the US border criticized. I can’t recall why, to be honest, and I’m a little embarrassed by that, because the criticism came from people I respect and whose opinions matter.

That said - being human means that stories matter. And for most of us, photographs are some of the best storytelling we have. Which is to say - go to Long Reads and read this photo-essay of Central American migrants in Mexico.

Scrolling through the images, I’m awed by the human-ness of all people. I want to know who set up huge barrels of water for the traveling people. I want to bless each hand that set out food for them, that deposited enormous tanks of water, that donated shoes and blankets.

I wince at the way the spread of people and belongings reminds me uncomfortably of the small encampment of unhoused people rotating through the blocks surrounding my office. I recognize in that moment my fear, my fragility, my guilt. I recognize in those my work, the work I still have to do, and my responsibility for becoming a better person.

About Dichotomies

About Dichotomies

A Man Named Charlie

A Man Named Charlie