Author Archives: Becky Dingle

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.”

” But What If?…

Dear Reader: I have the most wonderful social worker who visits me , if not every week, about every two … As we were exchanging news this week I told her my Scottish genealogy side tends to be a prime … Continue reading

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Dear Reader: It is hard to believe that March 1 has arrived today and who doesn’t want to be lucky? The luck of the Irish being recognized on March 17! So between starting with remembering rabbits on the first day … Continue reading

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Rejoining the life of the Love of Living and finding it More Precious than Ever!

Dear Reader: Susan Swicegood came over yesterday … we went out to eat together… Susan ordered a cocktail — so beautiful she said she was dedicating it to me as her Clemson photo to me! We left lunch and brought … Continue reading

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The Power of Listening over Talking… in Every Season…

Dear Reader: Isn’t it amazing how quickly we begin to relate to new schedules in our lives? And once my day starts it gets busier throughout the day… I finally figured out that if I don’t start with LISTENING to … Continue reading

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Hooks or Crooks … The Importance of Hanging Baskets…

Dear Reader: When I was moving ” Big Red and Little Big Red” to my new home I moved planter hooks and later realized how important it is to buy heavy iron stakes or your hanging basket goes on a … Continue reading

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Looking Out My Window

Some floating brown live oak leaves make us work harder for duller exhibitions but if we wait long enough one specimen will startle us and bring light into our everyday lives. … Some one dull leaf managed to turn a … Continue reading

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The Power of a Lone Leaf…

Dear Reader: Sunshine is our best medicine! Laurie David shared a beautiful experience with one lone leaf that miraculously appeared out of no where… doesn’t nature bring us such amazing light that brightens our lives? Laurie wrote that the leaf … Continue reading

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Knowing When to Unplug… Yourself

Dear Reader: As far back as my high school ( required) typing class …I was taught to unplug my machine ( as needed) to give myself time to re-settle myself. Best lesson I ever received! As typewriters switched over to … Continue reading

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How to be Happy!!!

Dear Reader: My life soars with happiness when I make a list of my ” favorite things!” My family …which embodies all different components… including both sides of the family, my adult children, my children’s spouses and families… my grand-dogs … Continue reading

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