” Charm Strings” Heart and Heat

A ” Charm String”

Dear Reader:

In Karen White’s last novel in the Charleston ghost “Tradd Street” series-the author once again shares an historical tidbit that lured me right in. The history behind the ” charm strings.”

Before Tik-Tok and Instagram, Civil War period girls ( 1860’s) made ” charm strings.” They would sew or string buttons on a piece of fabric or a leather strap. When they added the 1000th button, that’s when they would supposedly meet the man they would marry.

All I can say about yesterday is that I must have hit the jackpot with HVAC installation repairmen and technicians…. perhaps I was the 1000th caller!

I love this company!

They arrived promptly on time, ( 3 repairmen) continued to go the extra mile by first having to take down the patio fence to even get to it and show me the holes on the old one that was letting in carbon monoxide!!! So scary-that unit was shot!

They explained every part of the procedure and for the next 4 to 5 hours they never stopped working-at noon I took out bottles of water and chicken sandwiches.

Everything was pieced back the way it was found-except cleaner and better. Not one piece of trash was left-Mickey is returning in a couple of days to double check everything.

I love you new heating unit!

These wonderful technicians collectively had more heart than any other repairmen I have used of late or in the past. First heart… and then heat, glorious heat on a very chilly night-they arrived just in time!

So until tomorrow…

Three Repairmen

” Today is my favorite day”

I feel Bliss’s joy

I am asking for prayers for my Ya sister of mine-Brooke! Her husband Ted has been in and out of the hospital practically weekly this past month-and exhaustion and sadness is settling in – let’s pray for strength from God to help her and their families through this extremely difficult time! The Power of Prayer!

Prayers for Brooke ( top right)

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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6 Responses to ” Charm Strings” Heart and Heat

  1. Cynthia Ashley says:

    I think you got “the three wise men”. Glad you are warm and cozy.

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  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Prayers for Brooke and her family…so glad all went well with the new unit…

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  3. Patty Knight says:

    Praying for Ted and Brooke🙏🙏

    On Fri, Nov 5, 2021 at 6:03 AM Chapel of Hope Stories wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” A ” Charm String” Dear Reader: In Karen White’s > last novel in the Charleston ghost “Tradd Street” series-the author once > again shares an historical tidbit that lured me right in. The history > behind the ” charm strings.” Before Tik-Tok and I” >

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