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.”

So Many Daily Decisions…So Many Alternative Outcomes

Dear Reader: “In mythology, the three Fates were goddesses who handed out destiny at birth, weaving a future that each mortal would be forced to live out inexorably—the concept of fate serving for many as a necessary explanation for the … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Memories…

Dear Reader: I am home. There were some unexpected twists and turns over the weekend…mostly dealing with little Jake…will catch you up tomorrow….just so glad I was there and could help out. These days when I am called in to … Continue reading

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There are No Short-Cuts in Life

Dear Reader: I always loved listening to Wayne Dryer’s talk and stories….he was a self-made man growing up in orphans and foster homes. He walked the walk in his life to find his true self, his calling… and then stopped … Continue reading

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” Stories Help Us Become More Whole…to be Named”

Dear Reader: Stories really do name everything in our universe, don’t they?Without stories there would be no memories of names. Think about stories of ancestors and relatives who came before you….perhaps as a child you over-heard stories about crazy Aunt … Continue reading

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Summerville’s own Erma Bombeck…Jo!

Dear Reader: The other day when we talked about a “life well loved” and how fitting that would be as a final compliment to anyone’s life…I was privy to one of Jo Dufford’s “Erma Bombeck’s” humorous perspectives on life. I … Continue reading

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“Gold-bugging” with Edgar Allan Poe

  Dear Reader: I mentioned to you in yesterday’s post that I was reading SKIRT magazine while in the waiting room at the Charleston Oncology Center Monday morning and found my beautiful niece Vikki in it….I also saw the name … Continue reading

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Natural “Plogging” after Dorian

  Dear Reader: A new type of exercise is catching on in the United States…a Scandinavian term known as “plogging.” The term is a mash-up of jogging and the Swedish “plocka upp,” meaning pick up. In this case, litter. If … Continue reading

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