Five Furlans, five films, film festival

In celebration of the upcoming 14th annual Wisconsin Film Festival, April 18 to 22, in Madison, I’m presenting our Furlan family’s picks for this year’s events. There are over 150 films at the festival, all sure to be great, but perhaps our preview will help you narrow down your choices. Film descriptions courtesy of festival …

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Ripple Effect

“Wow, look at the lake!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard our kids say this as we travel by Lake Mendota, the largest of Madison’s lakes.  The Livingston Inn has lakefront access to this body of water and we are located only three blocks from the lakeside James Madison Park.  The view …

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Ice Queens

About three years ago, I took a flight from Madison to Detroit, as most of us do here to get to a hub for other destinations.  As I sat in the airport waiting to board the plane, I noticed an increasing number of young women gathering around.   I soon discovered the UW-Madison women’s hockey team …

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Service Call

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have been struggling with finding great customer service lately.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s a contributor (or effect) of our current economic climate.  At times, I feel like companies just don’t care anymore or have simply given up.  You would think it would be quite the opposite.  …

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Opera for Everyone

Over the past few years, my wife and I have attended a good portion of Madison Opera’s productions. Our children have also had the opportunity to attend dress rehearsals, through school and tickets from friends. Without hesitation, I can tell you we’ve enjoyed every single one.  And, in fact, we’ve attended mostly the less popular productions (for …

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