Author Archives: R. Furlong

Dinner “Cruise” and Alpacas

I’m checking off my list, “Get Quirky in May” and this past weekend visited the Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival at the Washington County Fairgrounds — you need not be a knitter to enjoy. We had a perfect spring … Read more

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Get Quirky in May

You may be planning on attending the ubiquitous Festival of Nations or Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, both this weekend in St. Paul. But check out to some of these lesser-known events being held this month: Race for the Roses Barrel … Read more

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Off to Join the Circus

Last week, my husband and I had a wheelchair lift installed onto the back of our Jeep Grand Cherokee. This little lift can carry my power chair up off the ground, so I can have more freedom when we go … Read more

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Arsenic Laced with Celebs

If you are up for some good laughs, check out the Guthrie’s Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by the theater’s artistic director, Joe Dowling, running until June 5. I went to opening night Friday, April 15, and the local celebrities … Read more

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Harper Lee’s Classic “Mockingbird” Dead On (But the theater’s accessible improvements are another matter)

Onstage at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul is Harper Lee’s play, “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The 50-year-old lesson about discrimination, equality and truth hasn’t changed. The story and themes are still fresh. The play was wonderful, but I have … Read more

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I Love a Good Wake

I’ve always been fascinated by the Mississippi River culture and lore, never taking its beauty or power for granted no matter how many times a week I cross it. Recently, when I heard there was about a 50% chance that … Read more

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Art from Renaissance Venice

“Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland” is on display through May 1 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. My husband and I took advantage of a daily public tour, given by … Read more

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Kevin Kling, Part Two

Kevin Kling authored and is appearing in, “A Tale of Twin Cities” through April 3. “My family came to Minnesota from Missouri when I was five years old. We arrived in January. Dad wanted to ‘immerse’ us in the culture … Read more

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Kevin Kling

Kevin Kling — who lost use of both arms and is proud owner of an AARP card — has acted in, written and adapted numerous plays, and written two short-story memoirs. He wrote and stars in “A Tale of Twin … Read more

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Get Your Coup-On!

I’m a longtime “thrifter” having started shopping at local thrift stores in high school. Thrift-shopping fed my love for vintage clothing, and was easy on my minimum-wage salary. At the time, I made $1.39 an hour plus tips as a … Read more

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