January 6-The Day of Epiphanies

Dear Reader:

Yesterday I began wondering how many times I have shared a personal ” epiphany ” moment/ observation with you. A lot!

My epiphanies have centered around connections I never made previously in life. (The popular term today ” A-Ha” moments). My sudden and striking realizations have been pretty mundane but still exciting to me- many have dealt with learning experiences about life unfolding in my garden.

Even yesterday as I struggled to redecorate the iron stove under the mantle-I had a little epiphany… if I was keeping the mantle wintry green -I should continue along that line of thought by keeping different green shades symbolizing life in serenity and rest . To me epiphanies don’t have to be religiously or scientifically oriented-it can apply to any situation that allows us a moment of deeper perspective or enlightenment.

In Western Christianity… today commemorates the moment when the wise men first saw the Savior-the baby and future leader …recognizing God’s divinity within.

” The Adoration ”

In an interesting way, Quinn Caldwell’a last entry from his book: All I Really Want ( published in 2014) for the January 6 reading …addresses 2021’s incredulous attack on the Capitol and democracy.

Quinn writes: ” We’re good at listing all the people we won’t kneel before. We don’t kneel for crowned heads. We don’t bend for terrorists. By and large, we are a straight-backed, lock-kneed people.”

” Here is the way the three wise men were like us: they refused to kneel to King Herod’s crowned head. Here is the way we ought to be like the three wise men: they knew which things were not worth their homage and what things should drive them straight to their knees. ”

So until tomorrow…”We the people” know right from wrong -this year let’s spend a moment on our knees paying homage to the ” In God We Trust” Who blessed us with the miracle of Democracy and then let’s treat it as the greatest gift bestowed upon us… because it is!!! Thank you God and let no man ” put it asunder.”

Today is my favorite day ” Winnie the Pooh

Thank you Christmas Tree!

Ode to 2021’s Magnificent Christmas Tree

Dear Christmas Tree…Yesterday became your last

But thank you for your glorious past

You gave us beauty and joy galore

Happiness and laughter and so much more!

Love, Boo ” Dingle Jingle”

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to January 6-The Day of Epiphanies

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Amen…and term limits for all…not many statesmen there anymore…mostly politicians and Mother said this yrs ago…there is a huge difference…have a good day.

  2. Beth says:

    Well said! And I second the motion on term limits!!!

    • Becky Dingle says:

      We are historically overdue for a great statesmen with core values- patriotically and personally intact. Our country is yearning for such a public figure who unites not divides…God has His eye on the sparrows so surely there is an eagle coming to restore the values of this amazing country. God is in charge. Hallelujah!

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Yes…I second that “emotion”- Washington was right to restrict terms to two for fear of too much power going askew. Smart man!

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