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.”

Living on the “Wild Side”

Dear Reader: While browsing through one of my favorite books, The To-Be List, co-authors, Randall and Walter, selected “Be Wild” as one of the “being” categories of feelings we should experience in life. The message wasn’t suggesting everyone live on the … Continue reading

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Highlight the Beauty Within the Ordinary

Dear Reader: While flipping through a magazine in one of my medical appointment waiting rooms…I came across an article talking about a style of life / decorating known as “Wabi-Sabi.” It is a Japanese term/expression that encourages “us to appreciate … Continue reading

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Summerville….”A Plethora of Petals”

Dear Reader: I was  happy to see an unexpected vine dangling a gorgeous cobalt-colored morning glory’s petals (the other morning)… down from the top of the fence. It looked like an artist had added the beautiful bloom at the last … Continue reading

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Finding the “MORE” in “There’s More to Life.”

Dear Reader: When I saw these three pretty purple Mexican petunias blooming one morning I thought about the three guiding principles in my own life…Spirit, Faith, and Heart. The spirit of God leads me every day through tests of faith … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Sharing… with Corn

  Dear Reader: A few days ago I read a most wonderful, thought-provoking article on the power of sharing…using corn as the example. I will never look at corn exactly the same again. (Resource: Awakin Weekly: “My Neighbor’s Corn“…by Naren … Continue reading

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These Swirling Days of Random Thoughts…Anticipation!

Dear Reader: In the excitement of getting ready for my Maine trip I find myself scattering thoughts behind me like squirrels randomly scattering acorns. I have started  several different endeavors- getting halfway through them before starting something else like…half-packing my … Continue reading

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Birthdays Are Never About the Candles

Dear Reader: Yesterday I got this birthday card from Marcia…and it had the perfect  message inside…a good reminder to all of us: Birthdays aren’t about counting candles, but about counting every happiness in your life. The more I thought about … Continue reading

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