Pat Shingleton: "The Front Porch and Saving Time..."
Porches were originally designed to provide sufficient space for folks to pause before entering or exiting a home or building. Porches in England provided cover for worshippers and for liturgical use. Before a baptism, the priest would begin the service on the porch. In medieval times, a room was added above the porch to be used as a school room, storeroom or armory or as a custodian residence for supervision of the church. I remember our back porch as an area for removal of working clothes, boots and shoes and assisted Mom in decreasing dirt from the interior of the house. Our covered front porch provided protection from sun and rain. The porch was a place of interaction with family, friends and visitors and is rarely experienced these days. In closing, excerpts of this article were mentioned in previous entries at this time of the year as we say goodbye to Daylight-Saving-Time Saturday night and Sunday morning. Daylight-Saving-Time makes the sun "set" one hour later and reduces the period between sunset and bedtime by one hour. It was first mentioned by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 and was first advocated by London builder William Wellett in his pamphlet "Waste of Daylight." He proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes over four Sundays in April and retarding them by the same amount over four Sundays in September. In 1916, England followed Germany and adopted "British Summer Time." During World War II, clocks were put two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time in what was referred to as Double Summer Time.