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I was corresponding with Laura Leigh last Christmas when she sent me a note that she’d spent Christmas alone on the range, because although some said they’d come to be with her – on the front lines of reporting on a round up, they didn’t make it.  I wanted to drive from Colorado at that moment with a twinkling Christmas wreath and warm cider and spend it with she, Elvis and the horses at Fallon.  This brave, determined, spit fire of a woman, wrote a letter to her Mother– about her sadness of being alone which made me cry and recall my   own lonely holidays.   I was at that moment more than ever,  genuinely moved by her spirit and I’ve learned to admire her on many levels. The day I posted the piece about her on Wild Horses In Winds of Change, was one of those spontaneous moments from my heart.  I’ve been thrilled to know how many other advocates support her because I imagine most of us know – how difficult what she does is.  As Margo Wolf mentions, Laura has also undertaken grueling legal tasks for law suits.   What is happening to our wild horses and burros is a blight on our humanity and all the bad news takes a toll on our soul – so we need good news also.  And although Laura’s reporting is usually NOT good news shes’ good news because she exemplifies what a true  heroine is –  She gives us hope. She continually encounters many obstacles including from the beginning  the lack of money to delve in.  But nothing stops her from  what her heart led her to do.  When we meet “unsung heroes” along the our path   we are told by all great spiritual teachers to offer them – our last piece of bread, our last cup of water and a blanket to warm and keep them safe, because all great teachers and religions know that is the true heart of humanity.