Ann Logan, medical secretary/receptionist
For 12 years I helped my kids show their horses and collect their
trophies, awards, and championship belt buckles. I got a tremendous
sense of pride helping them achieve their goals, but now I felt
that it was time for me to see what I could accomplish in the arena.
Last year I started showing my buckskin mare, Cody's "Kit"
Carson. Prepping Kit includes the proper feeding of supplements
and vitamins that will ensure a shiny and healthy-looking coat,
keeping her shaded from the fading rays of the sun, and brushing
and braiding her tail. She must be ridden and exercised regularly
to keep her toned. We practice
our groundwork daily so that Kit and I move in rhythm. Aside fromthis,
our nine horses require regular vaccinations, parasite control,
dental care, grooming, and hoof care-not to mention daily chores
and stall cleaning!
Last summer Kit and I were named the Cedar Rapids Horseman's Club
High Point Halter Champion.
Jim Brown, associate dean of the college and associate professor
I build props for Riverside Theatre, a professional theater in Iowa
City. These run from the simple (4-foot notes cut out of thin plywood
to hang as part of the decor in "Lady Day at the Emerson Grill")
through the average (a sea chest holding Viola's stuff rescued from
the opening shipwreck in "Twelfth Night") to the more
complicated (the wardrobe in "Memory of Water," which
holds a dead mother's things and through which she enters the stage
to become part of the play). I've copied Elizabethan
chairs, built a fainting couch, produced a big steamer trunk, and
created a few other assorted bits and pieces.
Both my wife and I love theater and have been supporters of theater
wherever we have lived. Riverside Theatre happens to combine high
quality, interesting productions with accessibility and community
involvement. I started my involvement there helping to build, paint,
and strike sets when my schedule permitted. But my schedule didn't
permit very often, which was disappointing. I am also a low-level
woodworker, an activity that is highly adaptive to anyone married
to a historian, folks who are chronically short of bookshelf space.
So a few years ago Riverside's technical director, when short of
time, asked if I could produce a couple of props. This work is ideal
for me: theater props only have to look like what they are supposed
to be, and this appearance is from some distance and with creative
lighting. They must survive for a few weeks with limited use, instead
of surviving heavy daily use. And since the insides of things rarely
show, one can frequently use convenient construction techniques
(screws, glue, duct tape), which a real craftsperson would scorn
Like many folks, I get satisfaction out of what could be considered
artistic output of a sort. Nothing fancy or particularly talented
here, but creative nonetheless. I've found I like contributing to
my community, and the Riverside is definitely community. And I have
to admit to liking my recreations being productive, to learning
something while doing them, to having things to show for them. But
mostly, it's simply fun, and I've always liked having fun.