Happiness is Only Achieved by Sharing

Dear Reader:

If you want to see where Disney got its idea for the first animated Disney castles… starting with Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and especially Cinderella...look no farther than Bavaria and the Neuschwanstein Castle. It is the most visited castle in Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

When this National Geographic article  (“This Immense Fairy-Tale Castle was Built for One Person“-Andrea Leitch )  popped up a couple of days ago I found it absolutely fascinating… with lots of lessons to be learned about life from the story….I hope you enjoy it too!

So until tomorrow….”Happiness is only real when shared.”

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

***Whew! I am totally exhausted! I feel like I have been on a terrifying roller coaster ride for three hours and it didn’t stop being terrifying until the last possible second…I am talking, of course, about the Clemson, UNC game.

Hats off to UNC for a great game plan ( I love that school…if we hadn’t moved to SC my freshman year in high school I had planned to go there (drop-dead beautiful campus)… but life had other plans for me)

***I am beginning to think that if my heart is still ticking after that game…I should be around for quite awhile :)…it was put to the test. But, somehow, we found a way to win it…GO TIGERS!!!!!



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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7 Responses to Happiness is Only Achieved by Sharing

  1. Beverly Dufford says:

    Thanks for sharing the castle story. I will definitely share it with Colby. Disney is still her favorite place to visit. The game certainly was too close for comfort, but several good things may have come out of it including the fact the first team got practice playing an entire game. However, a win goes down as a win in the record book. I am a Carolina fan, but since I invested money in my children’s education in Clemson, and since I always pull for my home state, I was extremely happy for those Tigers.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      You are a good (state) egg Jo….putting SC over USC or Clemson…I love it…we need more fans like you! It ended up a good day for both but USC’s was definitely more sedate than finger-biting Clemson…I have got to hide my nails in church today! 🙂 You and Colby have a wonderful weekend and looking forward to our next get-together to see how Colby’s senior year is thriving now.


  2. bcparkison says:

    I still enjoy the original Cinderella movie but my grans prefer the new with real people .Those mice are just too cute in both. I did not know about the history of the world famous castle. Thank you for the lesson.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I love the 1950 animated Cinderella movie too…my favorite…and the mice song is what I look forward to every time I watch the movie…..” Cinderelly Cinderelly
      Night and day it’s Cinderelly Make the fire! Fix the breakfast! Wash the dishes! Do the mopping!….

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  3. Judy Isler says:

    I have to argue with you on this one. Cinderella was a wimp who would have gotten nowhere if others hadn’t decided to make her dreams come true. You, on the other hand, face down adversity, encourage others, and make the world more delightful with flowers and shared wisdom. YOU are much more beautiful than Cinderella, from the inside out!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Wow! Talk about making a great day for a girl come true…you sure did…thank you so much…I love beating Cinderella…you take that you wimp! Love your perspective!!!! 🙂


  4. Rachel Edwards says:

    Becky…finally was able to access the blog. It still clicks on and off. Just read what you were sharing last night about fairy tales…quite gruesome. We took Emmie and Ellie several years ago to see Cinderella and Emmie cried because she thought the prince would not find the real Cinderella!

    I really enjoyed yesterday so much. So glad that we got it worked out. So sad that our plan didnt work…already had it on my calendar twice…but I will be there in spirit. Love you .


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