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.”

…”Find and Trust Your Own Precious Voice”

Dear Reader: There is something about living in a world of uncertainty that forces us stop long enough to look around. Then one day, for no particular reason, the wonderful realization dawns upon us that we have been given a … Continue reading

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“Still Life” as It Applies to Our Lives

Dear Reader: Most of us who have ever taken a basic art class in school or college or perhaps gone to a painting/wine class where everyone emerges (at the end of the evening) with the same painting (made better in … Continue reading

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The Gift of Gathering

Dear Reader: Family birthdays become more significant and more special as time goes by. We realize as we pose for pictures each year that the gift of gathering…the gift of life…is the most precious thing in the world. We also … Continue reading

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“There There…Everything is Going to Be All Right”

  Dear Reader: As I was finishing the mystery novel I told you about yesterday a phrase (that I had not heard in a long time) inadvertently came rushing back with childhood memories and loving feelings  intact. The expression was … Continue reading

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Finding Our Way

Dear Reader: As I was watering all the flowers by the fence early yesterday morning…I felt like a proud parent…without even any lessons the morning glories knew how to intuitively start to climb the fence and when they had reached … Continue reading

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Painting Stories…the Chicken Man

Dear Reader: Isn’t it strange how we can become so accustomed to the sights around us (even in our own homes) that we soon neglect to really see what is there? That is what happened with this painting from the … Continue reading

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A Pause to Celebrate

Dear Reader: Something very special happened yesterday. The number of views hit a rather magical number: 100,000! After the rain shower late yesterday afternoon I was walking around the front yard a little after eight and suddenly the sun broke … Continue reading

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