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.”

Are Clams Really Happy?

Dear Reader: Have you ever wondered how the expression “Happy as a clam” came about….I mean, really, how does anyone know they are happy? They make me happy when I eat New England clam chowder but I don’t think dying … Continue reading

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Getting Caught Up in the “Tic for Tac” Game

Dear Reader: Don’t we wish that this would be the scales we were asked to step on when being weighed at our doctors’ offices? No fear of a negative or hurtful comment. After a decade of cancer treatments with a … Continue reading

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“How to Die Young…As Late As Possible” – Try HAM

Dear Reader: I just welcomed my newest addition to the garden that I got at the Vintage South L.L.C. antique shop last Friday. The price was so.o.o..o low on this wrought iron planter…so much so that I couldn’t just walk … Continue reading

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Hope and Happiness Comes in All Different Forms

Dear Reader: Yesterday I was carrying some bags of groceries inside and doing my ridiculous juggling act on the porch….trying to keep the storm door open while balancing groceries and turning the door knob (on the main front door) all … Continue reading

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Permanence Lives in the Unseen

Dear Reader: I remember during my childhood seeing these five letters a lot. They would pop up at the end of a movie or a short story or novel. I remember asking mother what it meant and she told me … Continue reading

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Some Days We Just Need a “Baby Day”

Dear Reader: I remember hearing some time back a quote from an unknown author that went something like: “A Baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” I needed to remember that quote and I needed an “Eloise” day … Continue reading

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Letting Curiosity Be Our Compass

Dear Reader: At Tractor & Supply last week the whole stock of Trisha Yearwood’s Home designs were on sale – 50% off! I love her homey decor tastes and discovered this water can pitcher that I fell in love with….the … Continue reading

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