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Winter Scene in Swiftwater Pennsylvania

I have always loved wandering in the woods. It doesn’t matter to me whether I’m in a mossy, damp New England forest, a Pocono forest of rocks and tall trees, an English forest of hedgerows, wildflowers and meadows or a South Florida tropical jungle.

There is something magickal and mystical about being in the woods. Even on a sunny day, a forest is dark and cool. You can believe that faeries lurk behind the rocks and trees. The beauty of the forest inspires us to believe in magick.

Many years ago, The Dark Forest was the name I gave to my own inner world; the place of my own imaginings and contemplation.

I have a wide range of interests. Beyond my love of tarot and my interest in spiritual development, I enjoy modern culture. Trends in music, fashion, entertainment and politics fascinate me. On this blog you will find my observations about the world in which we live - everything from dating advice to resturant reviews.

Here in the Dark Forest, anything can happen. If something captures my interest, I am likely to write about it here.

Thanks for exploring this dark forest with me. Please leave a comment!

Location

The Moon Under Water
332 Beach Drive NE Saint Petersburg, FL
United States

Christiana reviews The Moon Under Water, a Colonial British Pub in Saint Petersburg!

Here are three low-tech fads that will please your inner child!

We’ve been in Pasco County, just north of Tampa, for almost a year now. I’m embarrassed to say how little I have explored the local color. Our home is beautiful and my schedule is demanding. I don’t get out much.
This past weekend our community held a band bash; three local bands, beers and BBQ on a Saturday afternoon. There was a time in my life that would have been an average Saturday. Now, it’s something special.

All three bands were wonderful. The one I want to talk about is Mojo Dragonfly.

Location

Keese's Simply Delicious
540 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401
United States

Some of you know of my ongoing search for the perfect falafel. After expressing my disappointment in several West Palm Beach Middle Eastern restaurants I learned that different cultures make and serve falafel differently. So, to be clear, here is my falafel litmus.

I am searching for falafel that is as good as what I remember from Mamoun’s Falafel Restaurant in New Haven, CT, circa 1987. With locations in New York and New Jersey as well, Mamoun’s is still going strong, thank goodness.

Modern Magick

I am saddened by the news of the death of one of my favorite Pagan authors, Donald Michael Kraig.

I met Don a couple of times in the late 1990s, when we both were presenters at American Tarot Associations conventions in Albany. At the time, he was already a well-known author.

Over the years we had a few phone conversations and exchanged a few emails. I had always assumed our paths would cross again one day.

Beautiful Hair!

Finding the professionals you need is one of the hardest tasks of moving. I know, I’ve moved a lot in my life. I’m also picky, and not opposed to driving many miles for the right dentist, doctor or salon.

Of all the hard-to-find-professionals, for me the most difficult to find is a great hairdresser.

Location

Brunchies of Tampa
14366 North Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL 33618-2018
United States

Finally I have found a great breakfast spot in Tampa!

Hibiscus Blossom

I brought my straggly hibiscus back to life!

Woman looking at lake

Some memes are just stupid, but we share them anyway.

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