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.”

Looking for a Rare Treasure? Look Into the Human Face

Dear Reader: I remember as a child hating going into old antique stores with my aunts and great-aunts. It was their favorite thing to do but at seven or eight…those stores smelled musty and moldy and dusty to me. I … Continue reading

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Always Follow the Natural Path…Be True to Yourself

Dear Reader: It has taken me almost a lifetime to fully recognize the importance of staying on my own, unique natural path in life..not the high maintenance kind where every leaf, bush, and tree is in place. What got me … Continue reading

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Whew! We Don’t Have to Save the World!

Dear Reader: Haven’t we all known people in our lives who seem to have not gotten the message that they, themselves, don’t have to save the world? I remember grandmother shaking her head when a certain woman would arrive from … Continue reading

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Aging Tenderly with Grace and Gentleness

Dear Reader: Yesterday I had lunch out with friends and as I was paying my bill…I noticed the sign (above) on the wall adjacent to our booth. Immediately…my thoughts transferred  ‘tender steaks that have aged’  to a different direction and … Continue reading

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The Well-Preserved Beauty of Edisto Island

Dear Reader: A book sure can be a life-saver, can’t it…when it arrives at just the perfect time! This happened last week. Brooke told me about a book some friends gave her…a fictional story set on Edisto Island in the … Continue reading

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Reflections on a ‘Frosty Morn’…

Dear Reader: The human memory never ceases to amaze me…like Carol Poole remembering the little story of the bird with limited wing capacity but plenty of song left in her. That story would have been lost forever in my memory … Continue reading

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The Little Bird Who Lost Its Wings… but Found Its Voice

Dear Reader: One of the nicest things about people following one’s stories through the form of a blog post…is that some of these amazing people… who played such distinctive and memorable roles in your life…remember parts of your own story … Continue reading

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