The Zoo Fence
A Commentary on The Spiritual Life

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The Zoo FenceFrancis Sinclaire and Anna, husband and wife, are the founders and sole owners of The Laughing Cat, the parent corporation of The Zoo Fence The Zoo Fencewebsite. They own the copyright on all of the material that appears on The Zoo Fence website except where specifically stated otherwise. For more about that, please click here.

Anna holds degrees from Skidmore College and the British Institute of Homeopathy. Francis is a graduate of Hamilton College and Columbia University; he began a course of studies at the Bangor (Maine) Theological Seminary, which he chose not to complete. Before undertaking their spiritual journey, both Francis and Anna lived and worked successfully in the main stream. He was an officer in the US Navy and the diplomatic service. Anna, besides serving as the wife of a diplomat (a job in itself), held administrative positions in various institutions, academic and governmental. In addition, throughout her life, Anna has pursued a continuing interest as a professional artist. There she is known as Nancy Nadzo. In 1974, they “left the world”, and built a house themselves at the end of a very rural road in the woods. Here, they consider themselves to be contemplative monks, and they live accordingly. Some of their story is told here and there at The Gazebo, and on TZF’s Open Forum, particularly at Nancy’s Blog, and as “true fiction” in The Cranberry Tales and A Continuing Fiction.

The Zoo FenceSCN at TZFFrancis is the creator, editor, and webmaster of The Zoo Fence, and, except where specifically indicated otherwise, the author of everything on the website. Thus, his work may be found throughout the site, including at Letters, Brother Theophyle cartoons, The Gazebo, Definitions, The Sacred Riddle, Editor’s Desktop, Miscellanea, Anecdotal Evidence, Books & Stuff, and this page.

Anna is the author of Nancy’s Page; in addition, she is the creator of many of the paintings and etchings on The Zoo Fence (please see TZF’s Art Gallery and her own art website). Both Anna and Francis were frequent contributors to The Zoo Fence’s Open Forum, which is now accessible in read-only form. There her username is Anna, his is ZooFence and Speculum. Visitors interested in some of the specifics of Anna’s and Francis’s spiritual journey may wish to read “Nancy's Blog” here.

Although no longer doing so, some years ago Francis and Anna taught in various venues across the United States on their experience as seekers of Truth and homesteaders.

Francis is also known as Stefan, about which please click here.


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