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.”

It’s Time to Go Green … No Matter Where You Live

Dear Reader: Whether you are still digging out from snow or pulling out your shorts and t-shirts… St. Patrick’s Day ☘️ is almost here! And you can always go green inside …if white dominates your outside surroundings. March has either … Continue reading

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” Weather” We Like It or Not… We are in ” Fools’ Spring”…

Dear Reader: On a chilly, cloudy, dreary ” fools’ spring” day… ( yesterday) the fabulous Jo Dufford came a’ calling… and she was sorely needed. I was overdue for her homespun humor and knee-slapping laughter. Get two old history teachers … Continue reading

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The Magic Within Us…Can Last a Lifetime

Dear Reader: Roald Dahi ( Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) once wrote ” Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” I, for one, could not live in a world without magic… it became my protective armor when … Continue reading

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When did Common Sense Become… Uncommon?

Dear Reader: I had to laugh out loud the other day when I watched an interview with Dolly Parton and she had the audience laughing galore with her last common sense piece of advice… and witty observation … which was: … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Our Many ” Quotients”

Dear Reader: These days when I look in the mirror I see someone who is one of the luckiest people alive… with the emphasis on ” alive.” For many people who have survived a near/death experience or a medical crisis… … Continue reading

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A Day of Mystery, History, and Cuisine Cooked ” Deliciously”

Dear Reader: What a fun day Thursday was! Bruce and Marcia ( Mollie’s parents) are down visiting from New Hampshire. They left their home in Clarendon with snow falling and are very happy to be in Lowcountry weather with golf … Continue reading

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Speed-Dialing Through Spring…

Dear Reader: When I ran home last Friday from Mt Pleasant to Summerville to check my mail, plants and flowers for water… everything was still popping open… including my front yard pear tree. I could hardly wait to see it … Continue reading

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Planting the Right Seeds at the Right time…

Dear Reader: It is not just important to plant the right plant seeds ( like my moonflowers) at the right time… but the right ” people” seeds too. We must carefully choose the right seeds -from the packets titled ” … Continue reading

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Blessings to Our ” Carriers of Memories” …

Dear Reader: As we grow older… we come to recognize the significance of the treasured ” carriers of memories” still in our lives. These are the people who knew us when… as parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins, neighbors and … Continue reading

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Re-thinking the Ever-changing ” Number Game” of Life…

Dear Reader: As a child growing up …numbers were not my friend… early on reading and writing, history, and science captured my interest… but arithmetic sent me swirling with butterflies in my stomach. I just never ” got it.” Unfortunately … Continue reading

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