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.”

The Secret Weapon of Life… Courage

Dear Reader: Tuesday Brooke and I will meet at Edisto Beach for a few days to celebrate another Ya gathering-but it won’t be the same without Jackson and Libby… in absentia. Jackson is still acclimating to her new daily life … Continue reading

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The Best is Yet to Come

Dear Reader: How many of us remember being so disappointed at something we counted on that failed to materialize? It’s all part of life isn’t it? But now at the age I am, upon reflection, most things worked out, in … Continue reading

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Start Again…

Dear Reader: I realized, with a start, the other day that I never remember either of my grandmothers… not completely dressed and ready to start the day. It was a source of pride to that generation to have someone mention, … Continue reading

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And the Waves Keep Coming…

Dear Reader: The watercolor in the title painting came out in 2018… it was titled ” Carolina Girl” … based on a photo taken by Brooke at a Ya retreat on Edisto Beach of me…a year or so earlier. I … Continue reading

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Summer is a State of Mind

Dear Reader: Even though the summer solstice falls on Sunday June 20 this year… we southerners proclaim that Summer Starts in April…so by now-the middle of May we should be deep in summer! However Mother Nature decided to play a … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Time as a Gift

Dear Reader: I remember the days of working full time as a teacher and single mother of three children and staying angry at time. How unfair it was to have the same amount of hours, minutes, and seconds each day … Continue reading

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Watching History… Watching You

Dear Reader: Yesterday Eva Cate could hardly wait to give me her “present.” It had been a project in social studies. Each student was to tell what a grandparent had taught them about history and she quickly chose me-the retired … Continue reading

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A Delightful Dappled Day

Dear Reader: When I returned home from our family Mother’s Day gathering yesterday I placed the pink dahlias and teapot succulent under the tree while I carried in other packages. It wasn’t until late afternoon that I went back out … Continue reading

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Strong as a Mother

Dear Reader: I can think of no better analogy than the title of this blog. Think about it. A mother is suppose to do the impossible! And not just in the day-to-day work, sacrifice and love. In essence a mother … Continue reading

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Grit Refuses to Quit

Dear Reader: How many times do we find ourselves giving ourselves pep talks on exactly why we “should would could” do something we have put off for various reasons and when finally accomplished … are so glad we ” did?” … Continue reading

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