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.”

A Memory of a Long Ago Summer Story

Dear Reader: I grew up in the Haymount area of Fayetteville, NC -not the old historic Victorian mansions side but on the other side where ” Leave it to Beaver” middle class homes pervaded the landscape… ours being the wooden … Continue reading

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In the Good Old Summertime!

Dear Reader: As children of school age… didn’t we all live for summer? It was like Christmas vacation in eternal extension… except no gifts were necessary… no school and loss of rigid routines was gift enough! I started thinking of … Continue reading

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A House is Who You Are…Not Who You Ought To Be

Dear Reader: When it comes to old homes ( my home) there are so many things that need fixing … I feel immobilized where to start because everything is a ” big ticket item” … under headings like electricity, plumbing, … Continue reading

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Mortals’ Tunnel Vision

Dear Reader: Tunnel vision is described as having a very narrow view, inability to see beyond a limited viewpoint. It is the key reason our United States has, sadly, become ” dis-united. If we let our focus narrow… we start … Continue reading

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A Stroke of Luck… Can Go Both Ways

Dear Reader: The Dalai Lama says it best: ” Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” Take a moment and remember when this exact scenario played out for you… and then the moment … Continue reading

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Do Small Things with Great Love

Dear Reader: One lesson in life I have learned is that small tokens of friendship and love are more important in life than grand gestures. Things like receiving a brilliant smile from a stranger in a day gone awry… restores … Continue reading

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” Why I Wake Early” …

Dear Reader: I am not sure when it happened. It happened before my brain recognized it as a bona fide new pattern in my daily routine. I have started waking up at the ” crack of dawn.” The first few … Continue reading

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Still “Hotter than Blue Blazes” …

Dear Reader: With my cable still out and my jaunt to my polling precinct only lasting ten minutes since ( sadly I was the only one in the room with the poll workers) .. I returned home with a lot … Continue reading

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” How Hot Is It?”

Dear Reader: Yesterday morning I was up and out at six am talking to my gardens… warning the flowers it was going to be a hot one… conserve their water supply and I would see them later in the evening. … Continue reading

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Bread Crumbs and Memories Show Us the Path Home

Dear Reader: Have you ever considered that the symbolism of personal paths (that take us back to God’s Home) just doesn’t apply to human ” everyone’s ” but to everything God created? All we have to do is watch a … Continue reading

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