Orlando

Downtown Orlando’s fusion hot spot takes tiki in a different direction

Church Street Station is hallowed ground, especially for long time Orlando residents like me. Memories of Rosie O'Grady's and Cheyenne Saloon still seep from the walls and brick laden street. And for quite some time this once iconic part of downtown Orlando seemed like a ghost town. Now things have changed. Nearly every available space… Continue reading Downtown Orlando’s fusion hot spot takes tiki in a different direction

Florida Life

My life wouldn’t be the same without this annual concert

I've come close to losing all hope. But I'm glad I haven't. I'm glad that I have a support system that has gotten me through the darkest times. I'm very fortunate for the blessings I have. Beyond that support system there is an organization that has inspired me time and again. To Write Love on… Continue reading My life wouldn’t be the same without this annual concert

Orlando

I had to do this one theme park thing before giving birth

My pregnancy has flown by. It's a little difficult to believe that in maybe 3-4 weeks time our baby will be here and it all changes from there. So with the big day looming ahead (not that I dread it, I truly am excited for this) I knew I had to do something special while… Continue reading I had to do this one theme park thing before giving birth

Florida Life

What being a theme park fan teaches us about loss and grief

If you're a lifelong theme park fan, one whose favorite childhood or adolescent memories are full of good times in the theme parks, you will eventually face losses and changes in the places you hold dear. But fear not; this can be a good and healthy thing, if you go about it the right way.… Continue reading What being a theme park fan teaches us about loss and grief

Florida Life

The next chapter of ThisFloridaLife 

Nearly five years ago I started ThisFloridaLife. I simply wanted to share my love of Florida and use my blog as a vehicle for exploring my own beloved home state. It's been an incredible journey and it's about to get better. Over the years I've contributed to Orlando Informer and Touring Plans. Both websites are… Continue reading The next chapter of ThisFloridaLife 

Orlando

Main Event bowls us over at Pointe Orlando 

It's hard to believe that I have been visiting Pointe Orlando for about fifteen years now. This shopping and dining complex has evolved over the years and perhaps has some more changes to go through. However, the collection of restaurants is top notch and a great selection for its main clientelle: those that are in… Continue reading Main Event bowls us over at Pointe Orlando 

Orlando

My thoughts on the Orlando Shooting

What follows is a stream of consciousness. No set plan as I write, just going through my thoughts tonight 6/12/2016. It happened. I can't believe it happened. My city is now forever changed. But I hope we change for the better. More love, more acceptance, more working together. This isn't to say that my city… Continue reading My thoughts on the Orlando Shooting