Alone in the tapestry of a shimmering green forest, standing on a mist covered mountain top, or crossing a rippling creek, we find her majesty. In that place of serenity, nature sends her emissaries. If only we are willing to see and hear her sometimes subtle yet powerful ways. Mystical Animals of Ancient Oak is a series of true stories that chronicles the journey that Cynthia Fain took after her mother nearly died. Along that unchartered emotional path, nature sent Cynthia her finest healers in the forms of a flightless duck, a cat that served as ambassador to her apartment complex, an aging squirrel that fulfilled his dream the day before he died, and a commanding squirrel. Part One of the book begins after Cynthia’s mother awoke from many years of alcoholism, and she re-discovered a community park that became her sanctuary. Those daily walks sparked a new seed of life, and helped Cynthia to shed the dark veils of her childhood and adolescence. These stories tell of the amazing animals that brought love and joy into Cynthia’s life as her mother awakened to a new life of sobriety.
Learning to connect with animals and nature is an important tool on our path to healing. Animal lovers, those seeking healing and anyone who longs for a deeper connection to the natural world will enjoy reading these stories.
In Part Two, the journey continues with Cynthia’s move to the community of Ancient Oak where every day the animals charmed her life. A black squirrel reigned over her yard; a lost cat vacationed in her shed; colonies of chipmunks cleverly outwitted the squirrels; baby ground hogs dug massive transportation tunnels and five crows proudly patrolled the neighborhood. Follow the road to Ancient Oak, and learn to find healing in the animals and nature around you. Through surprising and unique ways, animals find their way into our lives and show us what we have long forgotten.
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Journeying into the forest, Cynthia Fain met a magical array of intriguing animals, and learned from their great challenges, triumphs and unique wisdom. Hiking on woodland deer trails, communing with ducks at the park, and being charmed by the animals of Ancient Oak wove a web of stories into Cynthia’s life.
After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Government and Politics, she pursued work in animal protection organizations. Ms. Fain worked for Friends of Animals in 1989, at their Washington, D.C. office. Serving as the Assistant to the Legislative Director, she monitored and reported on important legislative activity related to animal protection issues.
In 1995 she was hired by the American Humane Association. Working out of their Capitol Hill
office, she served as an Assistant to the Executive Director. The American Humane Association is dedicated to the protection of animals and children.
Cynthia worked as a Membership Specialist for The Fund for Animals in 2002. The Fund for
Animals is one of the nation’s most prominent wildlife protection groups.
Volunteer work included an internship with the Maryland Environmental Trust. This is a state government agency that puts land under conservation easements. Serving as a Conservation Easement monitor, Cynthia was proud to be a part of a state wide effort to perpetually preserve our environmental heritage.
From 1991 through 1995 she served as a member of the Montgomery Village Environmental Committee. While a member of this committee she monitored many environmental and wildlife issues. This committee made recommendations to the Montgomery Village Board of Directors. Participation in rescuing injured wildlife was part of her mission while serving on the Montgomery Village Wildlife Rescue Team.
She served on the Board of Directors of The West Montgomery County Citizen’s Association from 2009 through 2011. This is a civic – environmental organization that strives to protect forests, streams and agricultural areas in the Potomac, MD area.
One of Cynthia’s primary missions is to promote non violent solutions to living with wildlife.
She is particularly concerned with our constant use of violence to control wildlife populations, such as white tailed deer. She hopes her stories inspire readers to view all creatures as sacred and always turn to non-violence in their attempts to live among other sentient beings.
She is currently working on the sequel to Mystical Animals of Ancient Oak, titled More Stories Along The Golden Path of Nature.
Cindy can be contacted at: AncientOak@aol.com