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.”

Grandpa Charlie’s Biscuits-His All-American Favorite Food

Dear Reader: I wish I could say I remember my Granddaddy Wilson…You have heard me refer to Grandmother Wilson many times with her wits of wisdom and common sense approach to life…She was the one who also helped raise me … Continue reading

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Take Time for a Slow “Mojo” Day…You Deserve It!

Dear Reader: Just before I headed over to Vickie’s beautiful back garden to feed Sweet Fuzz (the cat I am babysitting) her breakfast and pour some clean cool water in her bowl…something caught my eye in my own back yard … Continue reading

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Life Imitating Art…Letting Creativity Flourish at Home

Dear Reader: I had two green mountain apples the other day and was just about to place them in a hanging fruit basket in the kitchen…when suddenly I remembered how pretty the shadows were on the side garden fence with … Continue reading

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Suspension of Time, Space, and Water

Dear Reader: If you are like me doesn’t this period of coronavirus time feel like we are suspended in space and time just waiting to settle…but not sure where? Do you remember perhaps, as a child, making a craft ocean … Continue reading

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What Would Summer Be…Without Tomatoes?

Dear Reader: We have all heard the expression “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but I am of the belief that the round red fruit (and vegetable) we need to eat for our health is tomatoes…juicy red tomatoes! … Continue reading

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No Day is the Same

Dear Reader: Life fascinates me…no matter how many pine trees are in a forest… none are exactly alike upon closer inspection. Ask any parents of multiples births…(their children might be physically “identical” twins, triplets, quads, etc.) but each one’s emotional … Continue reading

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History Repeats Itself in Board Games

  Dear Reader: It is interesting to realize… if we ever take time to research the history behind many famous children and adult board games… that there is a common core stemming from their origins. They all emerged from challenging … Continue reading

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“All of a Sudden”…Life Becomes a Beautiful Mess

Dear Reader: Can’t we all remember the moment, in our lives, when we realized that we couldn’t control what happened in it…and even if we could…should we? I don’t know about you…but has life suddenly started feeling like a board … Continue reading

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“She Designed a Life She Loved”

Dear Reader: Yesterday I was doing some research on a cool sculpture I read about in a novel and somehow ended up going from sculptures to wooden plaques? Suddenly there it was: “She designed the life she loved.” I call these … Continue reading

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Memories of “Funny Money”

Dear Reader: Some memories from the past come floating back so easily with just a few words…actually two… “Funny Money.” Mother was able to put three children through college because of daddy’s pension which she never touched…and believe me…there were … Continue reading

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