Barbara Teetor Waite grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana playing all the major sports from season to season in her back yard and neighborhood. She was fortunate to live in a city offering a youth baseball league initially organized to feed the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which gave her the opportunity to play competitive baseball. Summer camp broadened her sport knowledge and skills. United States Tennis Association tournaments challenged her to compete in tennis. She pursued athletics, competitive flying, and a general studies curriculum at The University of Arizona. She earned a master’s and doctorate in sport psychology at The University of Virginia. As a visiting assistant professor, she directed the Sport Psychology Program at The University of Iowa. She coached tennis and softball, taught physical education, and directed the staff/faculty wellness program at Grinnell College. Barbara continues to pursue writing, music, and the “silent” sports of hiking, biking, paddling, and sailing. She credits her family for instilling her life-long love of learning. Her writing can be found on line, in bookstores, and at frendshippublications.com.
Tending the Light reiterates and clarifies the time-tested message that self-acceptance determines who we are in the moment, provides color and texture to the world around us, and therefore, influences every aspect of our lives. The Afterword places this all-important concept in the middle of current struggles between truth and falsehood, leadership and dominance, and fear and security.
John Pfitsch (1919-2012), coach at Grinnell College for 50 years, and Barbara Waite, former chair of the Sport Psychology Program at The University of Iowa, square off to scrutinize theories and philosophies behind 100% performance, Coach Pfitsch’s term for the best his athletes had to offer. A conversation between Waite and Pfitsch’s ghost reveals more than how to win sport contests.