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.”

Be There

Dear Reader: Show up… simply show up! These past few days have been spent in Conway tending to my brother who had a pacemaker put in. It turned out to be some of the best times we have spent together. … Continue reading

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Opening One’s Heart to Love

Dear Reader: Just a quick note to say that all went well with my brother’s surgery-it was a long night and long day-had planned to send some pictures but my brother!/ internet isn’t working…. I just want to thank everyone … Continue reading

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Door to Our Heart

Dear Reader: Today I am packing to head to Conway to be there for my brother Ben after he receives his pacemaker tomorrow. Always nice to have an extra pair of hands and ears post surgery-the patient is always so … Continue reading

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“I’ve Never Been to Me”

Dear Reader: While picking up some CVS prescriptions yesterday a song came on Casey Kasem’s Top Forty from 1977. One song I didn’t remember or the English singer ( Charlene) had a stanza that caught my curiosity-“I’ve been to Paradise … Continue reading

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A Short. Simple Reflection

Dear Reader: We had the most perfect first day of spring-cool topping out in the mid seventies. The perfect day for an outdoor birthday tea party for Eva Cate and her wonderful ” aunties” from two generations! It was the … Continue reading

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” Diffusion is the World” -Make Yours Fragrant

Dear Reader: When I saw this vintage perfume diffuser it took me back to my childhood watching mother spray on perfume. She called it a ” diffuser” because she said during the war young ladies had to diffuse or add … Continue reading

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Follow the Leader

Dear Reader: Don’t you remember waving your hand wildly when the teacher asked who wanted to be the “leader” that day at recess? Instead of counting sheep as a child to fall asleep, I would think up funny maneuvers to … Continue reading

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Think Carefully-Insurance or Assurance

Dear Reader: While staring at my newly arrived six months car insurance notice recently, I asked that eternal question one more time. How can my car be getting older but my insurance continues to go UP? Doesn’t common sense dictate … Continue reading

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An Important Life Lesson-Loneliest and Solitude are not Synonyms

Dear Reader: It took me a good part of my life to realize that being alone and loneliness are two separate entities. Upon reflection I have always felt more lonely surrounded by people than ever being alone with myself. In … Continue reading

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National Hug A Friend Day

Dear Reader: Don’t you love it when you take a chance… and it all works out? Yesterday when I heard on the radio that it was Give a Friend a Hug Day I knew the universe was winking-go for it! … Continue reading

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