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.”

Dusting Off “Frugality” and Making It Work For Us

Dear Reader: Because it’s commonly misconstrued to mean cheap, “frugality” is thought of as a bad word. But in reality, there is a big difference between being frugal and being cheap. Several years ago, while talking to a friend at … Continue reading

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The “Blinders” in Life

Dear Reader: “Blindness” comes in so many different forms…but there is one, as a writer now, that I face every single day while working on my blog posts…the blindness of typo’s. This particular blindness never fails to astound me. I … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Journey of Becoming

Dear Reader: I was delightfully surprised yesterday to discover the HOPE cloth letters were still hanging from my back deck rails…being held up by little pin tacks (left over from teaching days!) Way to go HOPE I thought to myself! … Continue reading

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Rocking Through Rocky Weather…From the Mountains, to the Midlands, to the Coast

Dear Reader: What is it about a rocking chair? I love them…I think it is just the rhythm and aimless motion that soothes us as adults like it did when we were babies and toddlers. The first thing the Ya’s … Continue reading

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When Hurricanes Turn into “Whangdoodles”

Dear Reader: What is that old Robert Burns quote again…“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” This quote pretty well sums up our mountain retreat because (Hurricane Florence) “Slow Flo” decided to go with the old adage … Continue reading

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The Final Message in a Bottle…7

Dear Reader: We should know that the last (7th) message in a bottle is simply and beautifully about love. A question that has been debated for a long time about love is answered. A short but powerful last message. Enjoy! … Continue reading

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Message in a Bottle -6

Dear Reader: When the famous, unsinkable Titantic went down….so many passengers were lost at sea with families never knowing their story or thoughts in those last minutes. But what if one message came home from the depths of the sea…a … Continue reading

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