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.”

Making Our Own Headlines

Dear Reader: How many of you, like me and so many others, lament the news and headlines to such an extent that we find it harder and harder to even listen to the news or read the newspaper? I keep … Continue reading

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One Step at a Time…

Dear Reader: One bit of advice I have heard on a continuous basis this past year, since the pandemic hit, has been the phrase…” One step  at a time”….slowly, steadily… progress at your own unique speed. I found a slip … Continue reading

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The Tough Trade-Offs in Life

Dear Reader: As children didn’t we always love finding hidden alcoves or closets in grandparents’ or great-aunts’ attics…any small space in which to hide became a favorite childhood haunt. There was something so alluring about the possibility of a novel … Continue reading

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“God’s Poetry” in Nature and Solitude

Dear Reader: Yesterday I told you my day would be spent in the garden… remembering my younger brother and the 21 years of life he was given on this earth. Not enough for those who loved his gentle, loving nature. … Continue reading

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Keeping One’s Stay Short in the Home of the Bewildered

Dear Reader: All day yesterday I had my mind on a special friend’s birthday coming up Thursday…I was wrapping and packaging and getting the birthday gift ready to send. I was just waiting for it to stop raining before running … Continue reading

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Live Love Local

Dear Reader: Yesterday I was on a Tuesday Trek to Find Local Culinary Talents! (Actually one specific and very special cuisine for me…pimento cheese!) It started almost two years ago. Mollie invited me to attend an outside local produce “fair” on an … Continue reading

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March…The Symbol for Life’s Transitions

Dear Reader: Well yesterday must have decided to pose or model for this blog post…because it was  a “transitional” day in every way defined. We were supposed to have another near 80’s day…and for a few minutes we might have … Continue reading

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Time “Marches” On

Dear Reader: I decided to flip-flop the order sequence of the reminder that this is the first day of March and we post readers laugh and try to remember each time to say “Rabbit, Rabbit” first thing on this initial kick-off … Continue reading

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A ‘Wanna’ Be Summer Safari

Dear Reader: When I woke up yesterday it was already in the sixties and the weatherman was telling me it would hit the low eighties inland. My mind started spinning…so many things to do, places to go… where to start? … Continue reading

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The Confusing Half-Spirituality Size

Dear Reader: I broke down and went in Belk yesterday (with a double mask for good luck) because I was desperate for some pants that fit me again. Somehow during this pandemic…I have managed to lose some weight and I … Continue reading

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