We Are Everything We Experience… so Choose Wisely!


Dear Reader:

When I come across a whimsical, fantasy of a place in a painting that captures my imagination I really desire to crawl into it and like Alice Through  The Looking Glass  follow the path to see where it goes. The idea of climbing the book steps in this enticing painting and finding new adventures in each novel really excites me.

It is the same feeling I get when I start a new book and instantly bond with the character in it becoming a part of that world until the last page when I reluctantly leave that time and space to return back to reality. All art affects me that way…paintings, readings, sculptures, architect and music, ah music, now that really does fill my soul with happiness.

When I came across this unknown author quote…I thought to myself I don’t know who you are and never will but we are the same. Isn’t that the essence of great writing…touching the soul and connecting it with others?


Doesn’t that quote say it all? I love the sentence “You are every single day.”   The truth of that statement hits home to me every single day with my first conscious thought: “This is the day that the Lord has made…let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

I know my friends get concerned sometimes over my almost non-stop, whirl-wind life, especially when I am experiencing some health set-backs but deep inside me I just feel this exhilaration to get “out there” and meet new people (even if it is just talking in the grocery aisle) and watching and waiting for a God Wink which surrounds me constantly. I just don’t want to waste time doing nothing. Life is just too short.

mainFriday night, for three hours, I sat mesmerized watching The American Experience-Hamilton- (PBS) the story behind the creation of the wildly popular Broadway play. I figured, realistically, it was probably going to be as close as I would ever get to seeing it in person. True…only segments of the actual production were shown in sync with the re-telling of the creation behind each song in the play. Still I felt my blood running through my veins and felt so alive as I watched the first showing from 9-10:30 and then when it repeated it…I found myself still so drawn to it that I watched it again from 10:30 until midnight.


* If you missed it (due to its popularity)….PBS is showing it again this Thursday at 8:00. Please watch…you won’t be disappointed and by simply observing this genius creator behind the play…his amazing life will leave you in total awe and admiration for his boundless talents of creativity.

( Lin is the son of a Puerto Rican father who wanted to come to America and follow his dream…which turned out to be his astonishing son.) Let’s hear it for the immigrants who still follow their dreams… like our own ancestors did so many years ago. It is unfortunate that American history repeats itself in that the last group to come in always take the flak for all the problems in America…until the next group comes in.) REMEMBER: WE ARE ONE!

Earlier Announcement of the date for last night’s aired showing:

PBS’ behind-the-scenes special on the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton will premiere on Friday, Oct. 21 at 9/8c.

Hamilton’s America will be broadcast as part of PBS’ “Great Performances” series and will kick off the network’s Arts Fall Festival. The two-hour special will offer a glimpse at the Tony Award-winning musical, and unfortunately it’s probably the closest you’ll get to seeing it — several original cast members are leaving the show on July 9, and it’s sold out through 2017.

download-1I felt like this production (produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself…where does he find all the time to do what he does?) gave us, the audience, a glimpse into the mind of a genius. You will hear a renown musical producer declare him “The Shakespeare of Our Age,” explaining that Shakespeare took the common man’s words, turned them into lyrical prose, and then presented them to the audience. Lin takes the common man’s words and turns them into hip-hop, jazz and any other musical medium that touches people’s psyches. And through it all he is simply telling his story.

There are no commercials during the entire hour and a half presentation of the story behind the creation of Hamilton (quite refreshing)…so hit the restroom, grab a snack and be ready to be blown away with history, storytelling, dance and song, and the pure magic of one man’s ability to find common ground today with an historical figure of the past.

rolled american ten dollar notes

rolled american ten dollar notes

You will never look at Alexander Hamilton the same way again…in fact you will learn so much about this amazing man that it will no longer be just his image on the 10 dollar bill that reminds you of him.  ( In fact the Broadway Play saved Hamilton from being removed from the ten dollar bill…quite amazing story there too.)

If by now I have not completely put you to sleep in my zeal and zest for history…I hope that you follow your own personal passions and create time for experiences that lets the world know who you are through them.

So until tomorrow…Remember “You are every single day”…so make it a good one!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh


Now “The Witch Is In” and the “Witch Is Out” on my mailbox. I have had this little witch for years and found her in a chest I hadn’t opened in a few years. She is happy to be spooking the mailman…maybe she will scare all the bills away.



Look at the beautiful monarch butterfly I found on my flowers on the steps going down…life is so beautiful!


I stopped by Anne’s house to drop off something yesterday and left it on the porch since she was gone…was getting in my car when I spotted her Encore Fall azaleas…so pretty!



Clemson, you know I love you and I am a devoted fan….but these close games have definitely added a little stress these past few weeks also…so I was glad for the break yesterday. Rest Tigers, and come roaring back…you will need it to end the season!

006bd551d1f615a791af5115e8cb38dd HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOAN!!!!




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 We Are Everything We Experience… so Choose Wisely!

  1. Cindy Ashley says:

    Not a monarch butterfly but I believe it is a buckeye


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Becky I was going to tape it but it doesn’t show up on Thursday night…was it channel 7? Thanks. ..hope you are doing ok with 5he shingles. …; (

    On Oct 23, 2016 6:01 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: When I come across a whimsical, > fantasy of a place in a painting that captures my imagination I really > desire to crawl into it and like Alice Through The Looking Glass follow > the path to see where it goes. The idea of climbing the bo” >


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