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.”

The Best Hug in the World-The “CWTCH” from Wales

Dear Reader: Every time I get an update on my ancestry lineage from Ancestor. com -the percentages shift among all the countries that make up the British Isles… with Wales overtaking England now-and squeezed in between Ireland and Scotland. So … Continue reading

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She Wore a Pink Ribbon

Dear Reader; Grandma Moses was right when she said, ” Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be.” I came across this story that I read, a long time ago, from lots of different stories on … Continue reading

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Simplify Your Life by Verbal Declutter

Dear Reader: Have you ever thought about who you talk to the most? Guessing a friend, spouse, family member? Wrong! The person you most talk to daily is yourself! Want to take a guess at the number of times each … Continue reading

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“Portaging” – Prioritizing What’s Most Important

Dear Reader: A few years ago I finally got to visit Maine and fell in love with it. Anne has family who lives there and we had so much fun taking in the fall’s breath-taking beauty and enjoying all the … Continue reading

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Bonding Words that Outlive Life

Dear Reader: On ” Ellen” the other afternoon she had a brother and sister who are trying to get a fun word accepted into the dictionary-the word is ORBISCULATE-that moment when citrus fruit accidentally hits you in the eye-ouch! The … Continue reading

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Making Our Words Invaluable

Dear Reader: Being an ardent lover of words… I remembered this little story while cleaning out my garden fountain yesterday and finding a dime and a nickel lying at the bottom. Most times words carry emotional value to us but … Continue reading

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My Tree and Me

Dear Reader: I think a friend of mine, Dee Lesko, and myself were on the same thought wave yesterday. All five grandchildren’s Japanese Maples are breaking out in leaves all over -the girls’ are green leaves with pink tints and … Continue reading

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Food for ” Thought”

Dear Reader: The last few days have been troubling ones since the news broke last week about the murder of Dr Robert Lesslie, his wife Barbara. their two young grandchildren and an appliance employee working on the air conditioning. As … Continue reading

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Francis Marion and the Ebony Chippendale Armchair

Dear Reader: I can’t help myself-this retired history teacher wants to share a revolutionary tale today about one of South Carolina’s ” Favorite Sons.” General Francis Marion-better known in history as the ” Swamp Fox” for using hit and run/ … Continue reading

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The Best Prizes Aren’t Found on a Stage

Dear Reader: Like most people growing up I would dream about what it must feel like to win a National or international award or prize. Every year I watched them come and go… getting no closer to that coveted dream … Continue reading

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