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.”

Your Two Tickets to Fulfillment: Attitude and Gratitude

Dear Reader: Yesterday was “perfect” in so many ways…I literally had to pinch myself and keep silently repeating in my head….“It’s a good day to be alive.” The sun was out…and for the first time…in a long time…I got to … Continue reading

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The Cornerstone of Our Lives: Faith

Dear Reader: Isaiah 28:16 talks about a tried stone. A tried stone is a fine grained stone used for carving statues. Stone is a solid nonmetallic mineral matter of which rock is made. A piece of stone can be shaped … Continue reading

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February…the “Refreshing” Month

Dear Reader: Since the monsoons decided to call the lowcountry winter of 2021 “home” for the past several weeks… with at least another week to go…the time inside has given me an unusual amount of “relaxation” time. Still that “Scot” … Continue reading

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The Love Birds of St. Valentines Day

Dear Reader: I always like to be able to sneak in a little history behind  holidays and customs. St. Valentines Day has plenty of legends, myths and stories. But I discovered the creation of connecting love birds to this holiday … Continue reading

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Discovering Hearts as Vast as the Sky

Dear Reader: Normally today “bestie” girlfriends would be celebrating Galentine’s Day…which always falls on February 13…the day before the traditional Valentines Day. And I am sure some friends will find a way to celebrate together…whether it is “live” or virtual … Continue reading

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…”A Host of Golden Daffodils”

Dear Reader: “Daffodils” by William Wordworth is one of the earliest poems I remember hearing in elementary school. Every year in early March the teacher would read the poem and we children got to stand by our desks and sway like … Continue reading

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Faith Sees Best in the Dark

Dear Reader: After reading Lisa’s story (which we will complete together today) I realized that one of my favorite quotes – the title quote- “Faith Sees Best in the Dark” has actually been Lisa’s guiding light. She has never let … Continue reading

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A Toast to Our Health

Dear Reader: I remember as a child hearing Grandmother Wilson, and/or any of the other pea-shellers sitting under the shade trees, repeat simply this familiar expression….”If you’s got your health…you got everything.” That one comment would bring more nods and “Amen’s” … Continue reading

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Early Secrets of Spring…

Dear Reader: Monday’s StoryWorth question asked about “family secrets”… which I interpreted as asking about “family skeletons in the closet.” 🙂 Immediately I could see Uncle Harlette telling us grand kids about a family ancestor known as “Bloody Bill” Cunningham…the … Continue reading

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The Many Faces of Hope

Dear Reader: As I look out my side window the shadows are rapidly lengthening and darkness is slowly painting the lower landscape with unlit colors. It is 5:30 Sunday afternoon. We had lots of rain, in intervals throughout the night … Continue reading

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