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.”

To Poogie…With Love

Dear Reader: Our beloved Poogie is no longer with us. Early yesterday morning I heard my phone beeping several times and it was Mollie letting the family know she was gone. Poogie started having breathing problems….so Mollie took her to … Continue reading

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“Heaven is Under Our Feet, As well as, Over Our Heads”

  Dear Reader: I love today’s title quote by Thoreau…How observant of him to realize that heaven just isn’t above us….but, like God, all around us. Every time I go to my garden…I feel like I see another slice of … Continue reading

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“Summer Afternoon…Summer Afternoon”…

Dear Reader: I have always loved this quote from one of my favorite authors-Henry James…” Summer afternoon…summer afternoon; to me those words have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” I agree. Yesterday I was running an … Continue reading

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“In the Dumps”? You Might Want to Re-Think that Phrase

Dear Reader: How many times have we used the expression or had the expression asked of us “Are you in the dumps?” I would venture to say the vast majority of us, if we are being absolutely truthful, would have … Continue reading

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Think About it…Will the Love You Take in Life = the Love You Make?

Dear Reader: I love reminiscing through the Maine photo book Anne gave me, recently, as a gift from the last adventure we shared in her ‘neck of the woods.’ One day, in particular, stands out in my memory…I was sitting … Continue reading

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When Life Kicks Us Out of the Nest…

Dear Reader: When we reflect back on our lives…hasn’t every major change, benchmark, or turning point made us initially uncomfortable? From childhood on…I never liked changes…big or small.  I think there had been too much trauma early in my life … Continue reading

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Life is “Corn”plicated….but Amazing!

Dear Reader: I know this might sound “corny” but I was completely overwhelmed with emotion (by the end of the day-yesterday) from so many beautiful responses I got back from you on the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Chapel of Hope … Continue reading

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I Can Hardly Remember When…And Now the Blog’s Turned Ten!

Chapel of Hope Stories. Com Dear Reader: I stopped and pinched myself before I started typing this particular post for today’s benchmark celebration…Ten years ago, on Saturday August 7, 2010, I wrote my first blog post. Little did I know my … Continue reading

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Something’s Just Around the Corner

Dear Reader: Haven’t you ever awakened and had a ‘funny’ feeling that something was brewing, something was ‘in the air’ …something was about to happen that would be quite different…but you didn’t know exactly what it was? In my case, … Continue reading

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Roll Out Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Dear Reader: So many musical artists, from Nat King Cole to Dean Martin, used to sing this nostalgic song…a remembrance of summer…the kind we reminisce about from childhood or youth. Don’t we all have some days when we wish we … Continue reading

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