Barbara McDowell Whitt

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About me

Industry Education
Occupation Retired
Location Kansas City, Missouri, Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Introduction In the first half of the 1960s I wrote nightly entries on the pages of one-year diaries. A 1961-65 Park College Diary is a transcription of those entries. The first entry was on January 1, 1960 when I was a junior in high school. I grew up on three farms within 30 miles of Iowa City with the University of Iowa and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. As the oldest of four daughters, I sometimes referred to my sisters as "the kids" or "the girls." We helped our parents, but we also had good, wholesome fun - a characteristic I took with me to Park. Park College was 300 miles from West Chester, Iowa in Parkville, Missouri, on the Missouri River 10 miles northwest of Kansas City, Missouri, and across the river from Kansas City, Kansas. In 2000 Park College became Park University. Today Park's flagship campus is in Parkville and there are an additional 40 campus centers across the nation. Park was one of the first educational institutions in the United States to offer online learning. Beginning August 10, 2015, 50 years after I wrote my last entry in a one-year diary, I've written Park related Blogger blog posts to keep A 1961-65 Park College Diary "current."
Interests husband, two daughters, one son-in-law, two granddaughters, retirement, health, vegetarian cooking, walking, reading books and blogs about writing and publishing, reading memoirs, writing comments on other people's blogs and on Twitter, Facebook and on my blog - "A 1961-65 Park College Diary, " living on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri, and near Washington, DC in Alexandria, Virginia, collecting Christmas tree ornaments while traveling, creating a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree each Thanksgiving season and taking the decorations back off on or near New Year's Day
Favorite Movies Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, On Golden Pond, Ordinary People, A River Runs Through It, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Forrest Gump, Chariots of Fire, Sophie's Choice, The Color Purple, Away From Her, When a Man Loves a Woman, Letters to Juliet, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Mr. Holland's Opus, The Last Picture Show, Invictus, Field of Dreams, The King's Speech, Lincoln
Favorite Music Joy to the World, The Messiah, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Pachelbel's Canon in D, Fur Elise and other classical music played by a good orchestra, This Is My Father's World, Holy Holy Holy, Near to the Heart of God, Amazing Grace, Be Thou My Vision, Because He Lives and other hymns played by a good organist
Favorite Books The Bible (1952 edition, Revised Standard Version), The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (1969, first edition), The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, Two Part Invention by Madeleine L'Engle, A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson, An American Childhood by Annie Dillard, 44, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff, The Road From Coorain by Jill Ker Conway, Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman, Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart, Dakota - A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris, The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel, Healing and the Mind by Bill Moyers, A Great Current Running by CW Gusewelle, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Fearfully & Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey, Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers by Patrick Kavanaugh, Wordstruck by Robert MacNeil, Blue Highways by William Least-Heat Moon, The Inland Ground - An Evocation of the American Middle West by Richard Rhodes, Treasure in a Cornfield - The Discovery and Excavation of the Steamboat Arabia by Greg Hawley, Lenten Lands: My Childhood with Joy Davidman and CS Lewis by Douglas Gresham, Here I Stand by John Shelby Spong, Joshua by Joseph F. Girzone, The Soul of Politics by Jim Wallis