Making Our Own Headlines

Dear Reader:

How many of you, like me and so many others, lament the news and headlines to such an extent that we find it harder and harder to even listen to the news or read the newspaper?

I keep waiting for all the conflicts, lies, distortions, terrorist groups, and chaos to “settle down.” For a day or two…I think it is and then it seems like someone or thing…purposefully stirs the pot again and I end up slumping in my recliner… shaking my head in frustration.

Will this climate of unrest and distrust of each other ever end?

If you have had a similar conversation with friends lately…you are not alone…in fact most Americans are desperately praying for a way to stay positive in lieu of all the craziness…so they can be there for family, children, grandchildren who are looking to them for reassurance.

God Wink. Yesterday was a beautiful day….I went to Mt. Pleasant to see Tommy and Kaitlyn’s on-going renovations… after being out of their home for almost a year to the day. (Their house burned on Friday, March 13, 2020) They physically returned last week.

I brought some house-warming gifts and met some of their “crew” (comprised of of work colleagues) all helping to put the pieces back together again.

Kaitlyn’s parents arrived (Butch and Susan Swicegood) and we took two of the little dogs, Pip and Atticus, to eat outside for brunch at the Post in the Old Village. We got a long wooden table in a warm lovely spot outside and had a delicious brunch.

By the time I got home I was pretty exhausted and still hadn’t written the post…and then a God Wink. Anne sent me a message she had been sent by a friend… from Andy Stanley, Charles Stanley’s son.

His voice became everyone’s voice…exactly where most of us are today and a wonderful solution for our unhappy quandary!

Don’t you LOVE THIS? No more pity parties for my worries…I am in charge of my own destiny with God leading me…so I can choose each day to write my own daily headline of gratitude.

HAPPY REUNION ONE YEAR AFTER LOSING HOME TO FIRE ON A FRIDAY THE 13TH LAST MARCH…TODAY CELEBRATING WITH LOVING FAMILY!

OR

BOO’S GARDEN IS ALREADY BLOOMING FROM LOVE LEFT BEHIND BY FRIENDS AND FAMILY… WHO ALL ADDED BEAUTY TO HER GARDEN!

So until tomorrow…

Now it is your turn….thank of a personal headline you would like to share with the world…to bring a smile to all who read it.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

It’s that time again…for my adorable gardening toadie frog to leap back in the spring wreath for another season!

 

 

 

 

 

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 Making Our Own Headlines

  1. Anne says:

    Neighbor Returns Favor with Box of See’s Chocolates
    Blogger Drops Off Pizza to Friend in Need of Encouragement
    Ex-husband Texts Important Tax Info
    CPA Congratulates Client on Well Organized Tax Documentation
    Camellias Show Off Their Best Season Ever
    Brother-in-Law’s Labors Produce Beautiful Swath of Daffodils
    Woman Loses Sleep Writing Headlines

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      LOVE IT! Now those are some headlines worth reading. Life IS a beautiful mess…but it is always a gift…if we just spend time giving thanks to the greatest gift of all… life… from our Creator instead of letting others’ misguided intentions play havoc on our psyches. God is the ONE and only leader we need to turn to in troubled waters and He wants us to enjoy the gift He gave each of us as stewards ….the freedom of beauty and kindness for all…and then to protect it for future generations.

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  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Oh what a beautiful morning!

    Spring has Sprung

    Love Abides…

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  3. Family expecting 10th great-grandchild in September.
    Trip to Florida revived soul and banished depression.
    Woman marvels at how a good marriage is such a gift at any age.
    Joys and hopes are shared by being a part of a blogging friendship.

    Thank you, Becky, for just allowing me to be a part of your life through your blog. You are one of my she-roes.

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Now you will make me cry…love the term “she-roes”…will remember International Women’s Day with that expression. Thank you! I am the one who is lucky that we connected…a definite God Wink!

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  4. Sis Kinney says:

    Hi Becky,
    COUPLES KNOW THAT BEING SELF-QUARANTINED HAS BROUGHT THEM CLOSER
    MAN PRACTICES HIS “NEW” (TO HIM) GOLF SWING WITH WIFE’S CLUB AND DECIDES IT’S
    GOOD!
    DOG-BARKING IN NEIGHBORHOOD IS DEEMED “NORMAL” – THAT’S WHAT DOGS DO
    COUPLE HIKING IN LINVILLE GORGE DISCOVER “HIDDEN” FIELD OF DAFFODILS
    CDC SAYS PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD BOTH VACCINE SHOTS MAY GATHER W/O MASKS! (I think that’s going to be on the news tonight!)
    MOUNTAIN CHURCH SAYS MORE PEOPLE GATHERING AT THE YOU-TUBE SERVICE THAN
    HAD BEEN GATHERING IN PERSON PRE-COVID
    SUN SHINES ALL DAY
    PEOPLE PREPARE FOR DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME TO BEGIN
    Great blog today!! Stay well and safe!
    Much love,
    Sis

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Love these Sis….Thanks so much for participating…you are always such a good sport…glad spring is slowly arriving in the mountains and that the sun is out for you!

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  5. Sis Kinney says:

    PS – Can I copy the quote from Andy Stanley to post on FB?

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Great headlines…simple and inspiring…a perfect day to be alive!
      I don’t see why not…since it has circulated around for several days now with people sharing and forwarding it to others.

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