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.”

“She Designed a Life She Loved”

Dear Reader: Yesterday I was doing some research on a cool sculpture I read about in a novel and somehow ended up going from sculptures to wooden plaques? Suddenly there it was: “She designed the life she loved.” I call these … Continue reading

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Memories of “Funny Money”

Dear Reader: Some memories from the past come floating back so easily with just a few words…actually two… “Funny Money.” Mother was able to put three children through college because of daddy’s pension which she never touched…and believe me…there were … Continue reading

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“Becoming is Better than Being”

Dear Reader: We have talked several times on this post about the mistake too many people make when they emphasize  “doing” over “being.” In today’s world…work seems to have taken priority in people’s self-imagery and identification. Yet…if we hear resumes read … Continue reading

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“A life Without Cause is a Life Without Effect”

Dear Reader: I love hearing true stories from people who saw a need and reacted immediately…sometimes leaving their own jobs and/or changing their entire lives at great risk. This happened to one woman interviewed yesterday on one of the talk … Continue reading

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Keeping Adventures Alive… Creatively

Dear Reader: One positive aspect of stay-at-home living has been a sharp increase in creativity…humans coming up with ways to entertain their children, using technology to communicate with loved ones, and increased reading and storytelling times at night. A recent … Continue reading

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Summer is Here!

Dear Reader: Even though the reality of this summer, 2020, will not be like other summers…minus camps,  family vacations, summer sports…there is still, for me, a sense of nostalgia just saying the word “summer” from my childhood memories. …Except for … Continue reading

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No Dragon…No Story

Dear Reader: I think the universe forgot to let us in on a little secret when we were young and terrified of fiery dragons- even sometimes having nightmares with them as the chief culprit. We didn’t know then that the … Continue reading

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Becoming “Specialists in Living”

Dear Reader: With so many Americans facing financial troubles these days…we can’t help but think back to the Great Depression. Personal stories about growing up during this period were told  to me, in abundance, at family gatherings. Mother and all … Continue reading

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Finding Our Place…At Our Own Pace

Dear Reader: Monday, my new lawn maintenance keeper, Jeff, cut my yard and garden for the second time. Michael had assured me Jeff would be terrific and he is! He is a detail person…cutting weeds between flowers and plants, detailing … Continue reading

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A New Day…A New Way!

Dear Reader: As much as I try to convince myself that I am not “into” technology and have mixed feelings about its use and direct correlations on many escalating social problems like bullying…I must confess we are at a point … Continue reading

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