” Do You Believe in Magic?”

Dear Reader:

In 1965 The Loving’ Spoonful had a top hit with their number one chart billboard song… ” Do you believe in Magic?” If you can still remember the first refrain … it added ” like in a young girl’s heart…

Young girls do still have romanticized notions of love and magic when it comes to romance and moonlight..but you know what… this old(er) gal ( me) still believes in magic too! For those of you who believe in possibilities…guess what you believe in magic! You are a certified Magician/ -Possibilitarian!

Even though social worker turned artist, Kelly Rae Roberts, actually formed the first ” club” and Possibilitarian Manifesto…the term “possibilitarian ” was coined originally by Norman Vincent Peale. He wrote:

Become a Possibilitarian: No matter how dark things in life might seem to be or even actually are… raise your sights and see possibilities-always look for them for they are always there!

The thing I most seek out being a Possibilitarian is the deep realization and truth that no matter how bad circumstances might get… life remains oh so precious to us all!

As our blog family has been cheering Harriett Edwards and Danny Baker on as they each round the final corner of their last week of treatments, Harriett/radiation and Danny-chemo -the Ya’s have continued fighting quite a range of challenging health situations themselves but as magic would have it… we were all able to text each other yesterday with good news from each of our individual doctor consultations… each text filled with hearts, prayers, and happy faces.

And WHEW’ icons!

Of course my name for my roaming health challenge nemesis remains the same… ” little c.” Never Capitalize cancer or allude to it as ” Big C” because that shows respect …and for all is us ” cancer thrivers” cancer ain’t gittin’ NO respect from us… it’s just a big bully who likes to keep circling its victims.

So until tomorrow…

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Since the deer ate all my hibiscus… Mandy shared a picture of her beautiful hibiscus ( fenced-in, no deer) back yard!

It made me a little sad BUT…

( They have snakes and alligators in their neighborhood 🤣)

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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2 Responses to ” Do You Believe in Magic?”

  1. Harriett Edwards says:

    Thank you sweet friend Becky for your prayers and support! Thursday I rang the bell on 6 treatments of radiation to spots throughout my brain. I get two weeks to rest and then will begin 4 sessions of chemotherapy to attack the lung cancer cells that have spread throughout my body. Every month for 3 and a half years I took a bottle of pills that kept the lung cancer under control. Then it did not. We are fighting and grateful for each day!!!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Our fights closely resemble themselves… I had lung lesions show up on my CT-SCan a few weeks back and had to have another specialized CT-Scan Monday and went for results Wednesday… I have been on Verzenio taking two chemo pills a day … for a about four years… I admit I was scared but discovered it was inflamed scar tissue causing thickening of the left lung … due to the earlier treatments of radiation I had at the onset of my ” little c” odyssey. As we know living with cancer is not for the faint-hearted but the faith-hearted! 🙏🏻💪❤️
      We can do this Harriett… we truly are in a ” race for the cure.” 😘

      Sent from my iPhone


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