Good News For a Change…


Dear Reader:

*It happened…March 29, 2019. I was officially released from the Comprehensive Wound Center/East Cooper Hospital Annex after almost six months of treatments! It was bittersweet leaving so many friends behind but I was so ready!

I just have to wear a new compression sock for a few short weeks with a very small bandage to protect the new covering and then I am on my way. Unless a problem arises I do not return to the wound center. No more sixty mile round trips each Friday. The wound is completely healed…but it will take a little time for the outer epidermis to cover this fragile first layer…thus the compression/little bandage for protection.

I walked just a few blocks around the neighborhood upon returning from Mt. Pleasant (where I have been the last two days) as a type of personal celebration. And I was rewarded with so much beauty.

Remember the new bird feeder I was so excited about….well, no more! I have not seen one bird on it…only squirrels swinging back and forth like trapeze artists. So I went to Home Depot and bought some special bird seed (the hot stuff) that birds like and is harmless to them but squirrels do not like and it burns their mouths (supposedly)….only to watch squirrel after squirrel stuffing their faces with it…do you think I have “Latino” squirrels?

Don’t you love these wedding guest environmental “surcies” given by the bride and groom for attending this wedding….bird treats in the shape of hearts? What a perfect gift as a thank you for attending a benchmark moment in two people’s lives.

Jo Dufford sent me some sample stories from a rapidly popular growing news network called “Good News for a Change.” Instead of having to wait until the last three minutes of national broadcasts for something to lift your spirits…this network provides upbeat personal stories of people unselfishly giving to others and making a positive difference in this world.

Some examples Jo Dufford sent me were things like:

  1. A middle school implemented a “Breakfast with Dad’s” program but few dad’s arrived…some couldn’t make it because of work hours or shift work…others because there was were no dads in the family unit. So the school called out on Facebook that they needed 50 “volunteer” fathers…600 “Dad’s” from all races and backgrounds showed up



2. In Barbados every citizen who makes it to a 100 years of age is honored by a postal stamp with their picture on it. So deserving…what a great idea…better than a jar of jelly.



3.  A daughter sent in a picture to the news network explaining that her father sprinkled bird seed in the shape of a heart early each morning and then waited for the birds to arrive so that his wife could see the bird covered shaped heart each and every morning in the court yard…his gift of love to her.

I take “heart” about the sad state of affairs in our country today and in the news when  Ken Burns ( Award-Winning ETV documentary producer) points out that we all must remember that …“The one thing that unites us is our shared history“…courageous ancestors who sacrificed all for a better life in this new country for the next generation. Americans can find grit and backbone in their ancestry for the simple reason that someone in the past made the courageous decision to leave a place they were born in, knew, and loved for a better life for those who would follow.

I wish sometimes I could call back my ancestors to reassure me that we will get through these troubled times like they did…that in the end “It will be alright.” I pray it is for my children and their children’s lives as they go forward in these uncertain times.

In the meantime I am going to offset as much bad news as I can with good news now…stories of people helping people continuing to make America great while re-enforcing that Americans, at heart, are good, kind, generous, accepting people. And that is good news.

Until tomorrow…”In God We Trust.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh



One example of this generosity (just recently) was Doodle sending some fun old toys of her now grown daughters to Walsh and Mollie’s children to play with…and they loved them…including Eloise…a slinky, binoculars, GI Joe dolls, a pop-gun…Don’t you love it when toys of the past make as big a hit now as they did then?

Walsh and I took the children out Friday night to the Wando Grill where good old fun continued…hoola-hoops…and the food was great too!

Saturday started early…first with Lachlan getting his yellow(striped) karate belt, then his soccer game, followed by Rutledge’s soccer game…we did it somehow and everyone was a trooper including Eloise because she adores her big brothers…wherever they are…that is where she wants to be.

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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9 Responses to Good News For a Change…

  1. Lynn Gamache says:

    Rejoicing with you! Awesome news that you are now a wounded soldier with an injury newly healed. How fitting that this release from pain has come at this joyous spring-time season with colours on every hand and all of our Father’s world celebrating with you!! As the song goes:
    “He is faithful; He is glorious and He is freedom right now….”


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Freedom is the right word! i feel such a sense of relief not having to make that weekly trip…God is SO good! Thank you for your prayers throughout this ordeal Lynn!


  2. Honey Burrell says:

    What wonderful news about the healed foot! So happy and thankful! I loved all the pictures today. Those kidos are so precious! Dropping temps. this morning. Is it really Spring? Happy Birthday Doodle, the amazing diet of all things good!
    Loved Mrs. Dufford’s good news mini stories. We sure need to read those each day instead of all the bad!
    Have a beautiful day! Love you lots, Honey


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Hope you don’t get any more snow Honey Tuesday…hard to believe it is getting cold enough up there for something crazy like that…that would be a day after April Fool’s joke and not funny! Love ya!


  3. bcparkison says:

    Yea! Thank you Father for bring healing to my friend Becky.It may have taken a while but that makes it a sure thing.
    I’m with you on constant prayers for our grands in this crazy world. Father God …Please be with them daily.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      The irony of life…we want things to improve, not deteriorate for future generations…and it is so hard to listen to discussions… hearing too many people talking about important issues that appear to me to be taking us backwards…not equality, race relations, world relations, religious relations…just sad. It seems like we keep playing “Mother May I”…two steps forward and three back on so many important issues today. We must have faith that God will get us through it…and be there for the mounting challenges facing the next generation. *And thank you for the friendship and prayers…such a feeling of freedom to be released from so many treatments. 🙂

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  4. Sis Kinney says:

    Congratulations Becky!!
    So happy for you and your newly healed foot! I remember my dad going through wound care that sounded similar to yours. Glad it’s well enough now for you to walk freely! A little time with some compression hose won’t be too, too bad.
    And those grands of yours are just too, too cute! I know how much you enjoy being with them! They just grow way too fast.
    I’m in the same boat with Honey – heard the “s” word being bandied about on the weather report. Not happy about THAT, since we had two beautiful, gorgeous days just yesterday and day before. However – this morning, it was a tad foggy/misty as we got to church (at 8-ish). After the service, it was definitely misting. On the 35 minute drive home we encountered mist going to actual rain, then the rain turning to snow (!!!), then the snow giving way to a tad more mist, and finally, sunshine!!! All just on the way home. Crazy. Right now I can see some patches of blue, with lots of cloud cover and it’s still a tad cool. But, I know spring is on the way!! Am SO looking forward to it! This (bad weather), too, shall pass.
    Much love,


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Yes…April can bring showers but quit with the snow for y’all for sure…will keep my fingers crossed for y’all Monday and Tuesday. And thank you Sis for all your well wishes and prayers…it did take a “blog village” to help me through this medical ordeal but like the sun appearing for you on the way home…it is out there for me too. God is good!


  5. Rachel Edwards says:

    So happy for you…prayers for protection for your foot…


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