Why The Zoo Fence? One night in 1974, in a fishing camp on the windward side of Molokai in the Hawaiian Islands, we had a dream about publishing a journal called The Zoo Fence. The name probably originated from the practice of the Honolulu Zoo to allow artists to display their art work on the zoo fence along Monsarrat Avenue in Waikiki. But beyond that, who knows what the subconscious meant by the phrase! In any case, it made sense in the dream, and when, more than two decades later, The Laughing Cat decided to issue a newsletter, the choice of a name seemed already to have been made. (For one interpretation of the name, please see the item Why the zoo fence? on our Letters page.)
One day in Eden, Adam sees Eve for the first
“I am Adam,” he says to her.
“Yes, I know,” Eve replies, “so am I.”
In The Beginning Chapter 2
The Lord is my Shepherd,
I shall not whine.©
Inevitably and rightly, there is a lot on The Zoo Fence about scriptures considered sacred by various traditions. As you read those comments and observations, please understand that nothing written here is, or is intended to be, an academic consideration. I am not a theologian, biblical scholar, or historian. I am not an expert. In the context of this website, my interest in sacred writings is solely as a spiritual seeker who has undertaken a personal, inner journey for the Truth of who and what and where I am. I know that many of my statements, and perhaps even all of my conclusions, will not reflect, and perhaps may even contradict, current orthodoxy, theology, and history. I mean no disrespect by that, but it does not concern me, for again I am not an academic, and this is not an academic undertaking. For me, the scriptures of the world’s spiritual traditions are a guide and a tool and a vehicle which can facilitate and accelerate my own personal passage along the spiritual path only if I understand their message to me. Therefore, I take it to be my duty, even my sacred responsibility, to discover and understand their meaning to me personally, to decipher what the Universal Teacher intends for me to see in them and to do by them. Here, on The Zoo Fence, I share that with you, and I ask that you read it in that spirit.
This is an abreviated version of The Zoo Fence.
It was most recently updated on February 21, 2024.
It was installed on July 9, 2020.
The Zoo Fence was first published in hard copy in January 1996.
It has been on the internet since February, 1997,
first at America Online, then from 1/1998 at GeoCities, then from 7/2000 at OLM,
and now from 3/2011 at InMotion.
The original website was larger than this,
but not necessarily better.
The Zoo Fence at birth
What’s changed over the decades is us —
we have aged, our focus has changed,
and the website reflects that.
We hope you will enjoy, and find useful, what is here now.
Our thanks to Alan Simpson
for the color bar graphic used on this site,
and for his book on Netscape Navigator
providing our first introduction to HTML
umpteen years ago.
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