"A Rich Heart"

Christopher Ivicic Photo

‎"Do not judge by appearances;
a rich heart may be under a poor coat."
~Scottish Proverb~


That's a moving picture and an apt proverb.

I just got off the phone with a dear friend who lives on 15 acres outside Blanchard, Oklahoma. She has a 501c called Pets Without Parents and she has the biggest heart of anyone I know. Practically all her income goes into rescuing and caring for animals that would otherwise starve to death or be euthanized in the local shelter. Those animals, like many of the poor among us, are the product of the failure of the citizenry to hold themselves and/or others accountable for meeting basic standards of decency, compassion, and good will towards other human beings and our other fellow travelers of all species. Norman, Oklahoma, one of the richest towns in Oklahoma and home to the University of Oklahoma where they spend gazillions on football, is spending $3.5 Million to build a larger animal shelter/euthanasia center but won't consider spending a dime to provide free spay clinics. My God, just think of all the jobs that would lost. Who would get paid to slaughter all the lost and strayed? Of course it's a hotbed of Republicans. Of course they don't give a shit. But, they'll spend millions to recruit athletes that have this marvelous skill of carrying a ball...and heavens knows how important that is.

Stan Bozarth