| Mar 23, 2014
| 11:38 AM
A dip into the mailbag confirms that author Patrick Smith, who died in January, holds a special place in Floridians' hearts, and also yields nightclub and "King Kong" memories.
50 years with 'Pat' Smith
"In 1953, when I was 8, my father brought home a...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 7:27 PM
You can help find a cure for two illnesses while stretching your legs at Lake Eola two times this month.
Walk to Defeat ALS: The 1.3-mile walk to benefit amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 1:58 PM
Say cheese Orlando, because I know we can do better than Detroit.
Earlier today, about 400 Detroit area residents stood in the cold on the steps of the Detroit Institute of Arts to take a group "selfie".
The photo gathering was part of Detroit Week,...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 2:25 PM
It may be too late for Tinker Field.
But maybe not for other local landmarks.
There are plenty of other places around town that should be considered historic but don't have an official designation by the local government that has the power to...
| Jan 29, 2014
I'm ticked off that a public defender in our neighborhood has an out of control dog that lunges toward others who are walking by.
I'm ticked off that all we see in the movies and TV is either depressing, vulgar, or violent. Where are the happy, beautiful...
| Jan 29, 2014
The annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest is Feb. 22 and 23 at Lake Eola in Orlando. The celebration includes dishes from 40 Orlando restaurants as well as domestic and international wines. Admission is $15 per person each day in advance; $20 at the gate. Food...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 10:07 AM
The Mennello Museum of American Art kicks off its 15th-anniversary season with an opening reception Friday, 6-8 p.m., for "Southwestern Allure: The Art of the Santa Fe Art Colony."
This collection of more than 50 works presents an excellently curated...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 7:09 PM
This year's 1.35-mile race (not 1.09 miles as the race site shows) starts at the Beacham at 46 N. Orange Ave. in downtown Orlando, heads east along Washington Street, loops Lake Eola and returns. It has moved a few blocks north from last year's Church...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 10:47 AM
I love this time of year. The shadows are longer. The highlights warmer. I love the deep blue skies. I love the way the sun hovers just above the horizon like the land of the midnight sun. January may have the best light of the year in Central Florida....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:47 AM
Bundle up Central Floridians, it's going to feel like we live in Up North.
While it's not planet Hoth out there, it's still chilly by Florida standards. Wind chills this morning and Friday morning are expected to dip into the high...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 1:55 PM
If you haven't been drinking on Central Boulevard near Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, you may not have noticed that XL Gallery has been adding a lot of tiki decor lately. It's all a part of their slow transformation into retro lounge Aku Aku, and the...