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.”

Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder

Dear Reader: I agree with artist, Kelly Rae Roberts’ life observation-” Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” I remember in high school doing my best ‘wondering’ in study hall or any academic class where I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Boo and the Balloon of Happiness

Dear Reader: A week (from yesterday) Boo and Jake will celebrate our birthdays! We will drink and be merry! There will be balloons and happiness because the secret is in giving happiness to others. In fact Jake’s gift from me … Continue reading

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God’s Amazing World

Dear Reader: One of the longest, best-selling Christian devotionals is a children’s devotional written and created by Louie Giglio titled Indescribable. Each true animal fact is interwoven with a spiritual message connecting God’s presence with all His creatures. Today I … Continue reading

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When Life Unravels…

Dear Reader: Just when we get a little too comfortable in our daily lives…when we think we have enough layers of armor to protect us from any situation that could possibly arise … the universe smiles and whispers to us… … Continue reading

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Circle of Quiet

Dear Reader: While searching through some Madeleine L’ Engle books this week I quickly browsed through one of her lesser familiar books-A Circle of Quiet. As I opened it…I saw a book marker and highlighted passage I fell in love … Continue reading

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Living the Story I was Supposed to Tell

Dear Reader: Upon reflection the collision of turning forty and facing a formidable opponent-like Hurricane Hugo-was already written in the stars. I didn’t know it then but I was busy living the story that was patiently waiting to be told … Continue reading

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Surprised by Joy

Dear Reader: I am close to the ending of The Madness of Crowds ( Louise Penny) and I am falling back on my usual unique reading habit -slowing down and only allowing myself so many chapters a day! I don’t … Continue reading

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Keeping the Unity in Community… in Sacred Days of Remembrance

Dear Reader: Many of you picked up this year (while watching the special programs remembering 9/11) that one central theme arose among all of them…. the need for renewed unity. I couldn’t help but hear Lincoln’s voice during the Gettysburg … Continue reading

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9/11: When ” Heart- See-er’s Became Heroes”

Dear Reader: Twenty years? Truly… Really? So hard to believe… yet the largest sculpture , once located between the Twin Towers is now testimony to the perseverance of man and his works… as the damaged but still standing architectural design … Continue reading

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Remembering the Beatitudes with a ” Blessed” Attitude

Dear Reader: When this jar popped up the other day on-line, I immediately wrote ” Blessing” for my positive word addition that started with the first letter of my name. This entry took me back down memory lane to a … Continue reading

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