No one is normal.

Doctor Terry Wahls EntreFEST Preview

“The first time I sent my grants off to the M.S. Society, the critique came back and said, basically, ‘Wahls is full of shit. She clearly does not understand the pathophysiology of M.S.’ And that’s because my explanations are so radical: that we create an inflamed, disease-prone body by our diet and lifestyle. But now I have the preliminary data that shows the best reduction in fatigue ever reported. Now it becomes very hard for them to say I’m full of shit. Now it’s like, ‘Well, very impressive preliminary data. Please make these changes and resubmit.’ So, in five years I’ve gone from being an idiot to maybe being an idiot savant.”

David Gott (David’s Famous Gourmet Frozen Custard) EntreFEST Preview Snapshot

“My second son was in Afghanistan. Before he went he was stationed in Savannah, Georgia, and he loved it there. We talked about when we get this thing going, he’d open a shop downtown in Savannah for the tourists and call on grocery stores in the Southeast. He called me two years ago on my birthday, and wanted to know if I’d keep his dogs because he was going to Savannah to find a place to live. He was in Fairbanks, Alaska. And four days later he died. Undiagnosed severe coronary artery disease. Twenty-six years old. So I decided I had to get this thing going. I took something I knew I would do someday and turned it into something that we’re going to do now. So that’s why we’re here.”

Kayley (and Henry)

“And when I’m stressed out or if I cry, he will seriously like get up on my chest and lick my tears. It’s so precious. He is just the most loving little thing, and he is so funny. He does the weirdest stuff. It’s never a dull moment with this one.”

Mike and Cindy

What were some of the things you saw when you were traveling the world, Mike?

“Hookers! No, mainly I went to the orient because I was always afraid. I wanted to learn to fight.”


“I had a friend of mine, an acquaintance, you know. Somebody we’d just hang out with, sit around the bonfire. Yeah, it was about two years ago, and his son came in, and said, ‘This is for _____ ,’ and to this day we’ll run into each other at my other job, and he goes, ‘You probably don’t remember me,’ and I’m like, ‘No, I remember you. I don’t usually remember everybody, but I remember you.’ And I got to connect with his family that way, which wasn’t very much fun, but at least I got to meet his family then.”

Emily Carlson – Peplum & Paisley Sponsored Snapshot

“Fashion has always been my passion. Even growing up, when I was a little girl, the paper dolls with the little tabs that you punched out, I loved doing those. I was always drawing little dresses. Of course, growing up in the eighties all the sleeves were very poofy, so I was always drawing dresses with these poofy sleeves and things like that!”

Imam Hassan Selim Life After Revolution

“You are so tired. You’ve been awake for days. And you want to sleep, but you can’t sleep because if you sleep they might come and kill everyone. And you just can’t sleep. And there’s nothing to do. You can’t do anything.” (Click title or image to read full story.)


“I’ve played two parts that had to do with clowns. One was for children’s theater, Dodo the Clown. The other was Feste, the court jester in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.”


“I’m in a band, Live Broadcast. The album we’re working on right now  is called Misfits. It’s kind of a story concept album that originated five years ago, and over the course of writing it, refining it, it’s developed a lot. Now it’s kind of in the final stages of getting the orchestral elements put in and getting it mixed. We’re talking to an artist from Ohio right now to do the cover art. All the final things are coming together. We hope to release it this summer.”


“My five year just told told me the other day, ‘Mom, I think I’m the smartest kid in my school.’ I said, ‘You’re in kindergarten. You’re not smarter than the fifth-graders.’ And he goes, ‘Well, I’m at least the smartest kindergartner.'”


“I just got to do the Glass Menagerie at the Giving Tree Theater, and that was a dream role for me, and also a very lovely…sometimes it comes down to the people in it more so than the show, because they make such a difference.”


“I grew up in Manila, Philippines. Lived there the first twenty-two years of my life and then moved to the U.S. I moved to Los Angeles and stayed there for fifteen years and then moved to Cedar Rapids, IA.”

“Why on earth did you move to Cedar Rapids, IA?”

“I don’t know! [Laughter] I was persuaded. Let’s put it that way.”

Bo and Savannah

“When I helped out the homeless, I didn’t feel so homeless, you know what I mean? Because once you’re helping people out, you don’t think about yourself so much. You know? You think about other people and how do they feel. That made me happy inside.”


“How many grandchildren do you have?

“Five grandchildren and four greats. About to be five greats.”

“Do any of them live here in town?”

“No, don’t I wish. They’re all a long ways away.”


“For some time, I wanted to play with comedy, and I don’t know the venue on how I would like to do it. I’ve never tried to write comedy, so I don’t see it as that direction. I don’t know. I’d like to do life’s lessons in comedy form, the golden nuggets of life in comedy form.”


At that time, it was just me in a cell and Jesus Christ. He was asking me to do things his way. And I was hearing him, couldn’t see him, but I heard him.”

“Like, you really felt like you could hear him?”

“Exactly. I really felt I could hear him. And it was so uplifting that I could feel my pains being uplifted. I could feel the pain going away from all the regret and bitterness that I was carrying around that caused me to do the alcohol and marijuana.”


“She wanted to dye someone’s hair. I just wanted it, like, bleached. And then she’s like ‘Let me put some color in it.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t really want it.’ But she kept on bugging me. And we had all this colored dye that came with the color and the bleach. So we had all this extra dye that we didn’t know what to do with, so I’m like, ‘Okay.’ It was supposed to be right down the center, but as you can tell, it’s not. And it’s supposed to be red, but it turned out pink.”

Lee “Big Daddy” Kohl Featured Profile

“My doctor has me on a work restriction that will not allow me to pick up this guitar. And I’m like, ‘You might as well put a bullet in me!’ So, I just ignore the doctors and move on, and I tell them that. I tell them, ‘Look, if you want me to stop doing this, then I might as well kill myself.'” (Click image or title to see full-length profile.)


“I’m still real limber, even though my spine is deteriorating.”

“What’s going on with your spine?”

“I got sick from the flood, and it caused an infection in my body. It traveled to my spine. My lumbar 2 is totally gone. My lumbar 3 is deteriorating. It’s almost gone. And my lumbar 4 is deteriorating. They say they don’t even know how I’m still walking.”


“I think women just tend to not network as much as men. And they see that they’re not getting paid to network, so they think that they need to always be doing something that’s generating money. But expanding your network is going to expand your business. So, that’s why I think it’s important.”


“I used to have an exciting life. I used to work for NASA.”


“Yeah. Actually, I trained the astronauts on how to use the computers on board the shuttle, and that was interesting and exciting. I enjoyed that very much. I worked for NASA for about 15 years, and then I retired on disability, and I moved up here to be with my son. So, it’s kind of different, you know, being a stay-at-home person now, because I was a very busy person before.”


“I’m an entrepreneur. I’m an inventor. I’m a father. I’m a creator. As far as creative arts go, I call myself a product artist. I get pictures of designs in my mind and I just make ’em. And every vision I’ve had about how an invention would work has always worked.”


“I have a degree in English and Creative Writing from U of A, and I was doing social media management for car dealerships out in Phoenix, and then I got pregnant, and then just, things kind of headed south from there, and I moved out here for family. I had community service hours to finish up from some trouble I got into in Arizona, and I found this place. So, I was working in the food pantry initially getting my community service hours knocked out. After a while I talked to Martin and he realized I had a degree and had other skills to offer. So, I got a job here, which is really awesome. It’s like the last thing that I expected, but it’s really been helping me get back on my feet. And I feel like these are my people, so it’s cool to be able to help out in that regard.”


“I’m the founder of the Chrome Divas of Cedar Rapids. We are a women-only motorcycle organization that is involved in benefits for women and children in our area. So, we’ve done a lot of work for Waypoint, H.D. Youth Center.”


“What do you like to try? Or, recently what have you tried?”

“I don’t think I’ve done anything recently. I guess at one point, there’s this app called Duo-Lingo, and I was trying to learn Portugese. And then, I have a ukulele, so I tried learning that for a little while. Recently, I don’t really feel like there’s much. Maybe that’s why I’m kind of feeling in a rut-ish. You know, because I’m not.”


“So, can you tell us about your outfit?”

“Um, these boots are pretty killer. They’re Sorels. So, I can be in the snow. […] They’re really comfortable. The shirt, I made.”

“Do you make a lot of your clothes?”

“Some. When my youngest was born I stayed home for like 3-4 years, and I had way more time to get back into sewing. And I knit, so I try to knit my own socks and stuff.”