Author Archives: Becky Dingle

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.”

“Even Small Steps Will Get You Where You’re Going”

Dear Reader: When I received this note card from Gin-g the other day….I thought to myself…’How true.’ If there is one thing I have learned from this latest medical experience, it is that healing takes time. Even now, while still in … Continue reading

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Remembering “The Three Sisters” at Thanksgiving

Dear Reader: When I think of Thanksgiving meals my thoughts always turn to vegetables…like corn, squash, and beans. Our love for these dishes (served plain and by themselves or as part of a casserole or pie) originates back to the … Continue reading

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The Story of the Seahorse

Dear Reader: This is a drawing of a seahorse that Rutledge did recently in kindergarten…I love it! He has a web page on Artsonia…a site that offers children and grandchildren’s art work at school open for positive comments and encouraging … Continue reading

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“Oh Dear…Where’s Fall around Here?”

Dear Reader: Just a couple of weeks ago…as October ended….many of you readers consoled me with your reports that fall still hadn’t come to the lowcountry yet and even other areas of the country… so I had not missed out … Continue reading

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Chief Plenty Coos and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Dear Reader: I have been to the (now-renamed) Tomb of the Unknowns several times. It has usually been in the summer when it can be incredibly hot…as a teacher or guide for American History grants including students and/or teachers seeking … Continue reading

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We Need Fireplaces to “Home By”…

Dear Reader: The truth (in the following Edna Ferber quote -below) really nails the reason for fireplaces in our homes today. We no longer need fires at the entrance of caves to ward off dangerous animals as our ancient ancestors … Continue reading

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The Importance of a Card

Dear Reader: As visitors come to the house they never cease to comment on all the wonderful cards I have received…not even counting computer messages, texts, and emails. The colorful cards make me smile from my recliner…what a blessed woman … Continue reading

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