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.”

Christmas Lists Just Aren’t for Children

Dear Reader: Monday night I turned the station to Hallmark to listen to Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas program with her husband Vince Gill. I was not disappointed….a wonderful program of old Christmas songs and new ones….with a sprinkling of familiar … Continue reading

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Unexpected Christmas Mystery Surprises

Dear Reader: Besides my fingers doing the Christmas shopping this year on-line …my mind is trying to remember how I can pull old wreaths and left-over Christmas items from the past and put with other items around the house for … Continue reading

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Christmas Comes in Unexpected Packaging

Dear Reader: As a child I heard the old expression “The best things in life comes in small packages”…especially from my grandmother since I was always complaining about being the smallest kid in my class through elementary and junior high. … Continue reading

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Taking Time to Pause During Advent

Dear Reader: This little Advent Train (I picked up about three Christmases ago) remains  the “hit” of the Christmas season when the grandchildren come to visit. It is the first thing they run towards. There is something alluring about opening … Continue reading

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Welcome December…The Month of Nostalgic Memories

Dear Reader: Welcome December…the month of memories and joy! What is it about Christmas that brings past memories to the forefront faster than any other month? There really is something magical about this time of year. It is also the … Continue reading

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Good-Bye November!

Dear Reader: It is hard to believe that November is coming to an end, the last day of the month (30), and tomorrow December arrives! To be quite honest…the days, since the original Mohs surgery, on October 9 are hazy … Continue reading

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A Magic Mirror To Show Each Child How Special They Are

Dear Reader: When I came across this beautiful story about a ninety-six year old kindergarten teacher who has touched so many lives throughout her entire life using a magic mirror…my faith in the human spirit  was lifted. This is the … Continue reading

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