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 Gift of Transformation

  Dear Reader: I realized one night when I was tossing and turning that my ‘play by play’ memories of things from the past…people, experiences, and especially comments (both to and from me) still have the power to unsettle me … Continue reading

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The Importance of Conveying Smiles Behind Our Masks

Dear Reader: CBS correspondent, Jim Axelrod, shared an important observation recently he experienced. It left him wondering ‘How do we let a person (persons) we are communicating with know we are truly smiling behind our face masks?’ (Yes…I have seen … Continue reading

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A Deja Vu Moment…Looking Back

Dear Reader: If you are feeling that you have seen this title picture somewhere before …you have…you aren’t experiencing deja vu…actually Cindy Ashley (who just gave me the cardinal mask Saturday) sent it to me almost two years ago when … Continue reading

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Learning to “Breathe” in Our Lives

Dear Reader: Like me, do you find yourself holding your breath involuntarily at different times? It can happen if my iPhone volume is on too high and I experience a startled jump, or if I am interrupted while deeply absorbed … Continue reading

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A New “Mask” or “Mind-Set”?

Dear Reader: Yesterday morning when I was scrolling through my emails I smiled at the Natural Life Chirp saying for the day…and then under the visual quip was an advertisement (as seen above) for unique face masks being sold with portions … Continue reading

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Are You “UP” For It? Little Word…Endless Possibilities

  Dear Reader: Since yesterday’s post was a bit of a “downer”… I thought it was time to wake UP this morning to a new attitude! Which means, of course, we need some humor right now…so let’s try to bring … Continue reading

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Let’s Be Human Together

Dear Reader: Yesterday…when I woke up I felt down…and I didn’t even know why? I made myself get up around 7 and water the garden and plants in the yard before coming in to shower…pretty typical start to the day. … Continue reading

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“Where Flowers Bloom…So Does Hope”

Dear Reader: At one time I would have just smiled at this quote about flowers and hope…certainly true but nothing seriously in-depth or earth-shattering…just a nice little saying. Today, however, I know first-hand the spiritual relationship one can have with … Continue reading

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A Perfect Day

Dear Reader: Every now and then don’t we experience a “perfect day” in our lives…or at least as perfect as this world allows. Then when we get to share a “perfect day” with loved ones…there truly isn’t  a more magical … Continue reading

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“Pride and Joy”

Dear Reader: Mandy, the kids and I, “snuck” away from reality for a quick overnight stay with Tommy and Kaitlyn at a rental beach house at Folly Beach that they had gotten for a few days to get a much … Continue reading

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