The Frozen Winter Retreat of 2015 at Pawleys!

Dear Reader:

This retreat stands out for me (and all the others) for the Arctic frigid conditions that turned everything frozen…Frozen I and II. This was the year Libby gave me my sofa-size electric blanket that didn’t die until two weeks ago…but I am ready…I have my “cadillac” Serta blanket to cozy up with this year. (**Libby…that was the best gift you ever gave me…I used it literally half the year while watching television at night!)

This was also the year sweet Betsy joined us (following her cancer surgery) and oh what fun we had! Betsy and I braved the frigid temps and started tracking down all the famous old inns and restaurants with stories or legends associated with them….we had a ball! Even researching the Dingle Tip Top Inn!


Betsy’s mantra was and always has been  “It’s Good”….”Life is good” while wearing that big smile on her face…amazing..she lifted everyone else’s spirits on this retreat in how she handled her own health crisis…with little children in tow.

She fit right in with everyone and frigid conditions or not…it was warm and loving inside!

And so until tomorrow…another memory, another benchmark and another good-bye tomorrow until next year. So hard to leave! Will share memories from this trip tomorrow.

Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

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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