Porches were originally designed to provide sufficient space for a person 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 later medieval times, a room was added above the porch to be used as a school room, storeroom or armory. It was also used as a custodian residence for supervision of the church. I remember our back porch as a sitting area for removal of working clothes, boots and shoes; preventing the interior of the house from getting dirty. Our covered front porch provided protection from sun and rain. The porch was a place of interaction with family, friends and visitors, rarely experienced these days. Fastcast: Perfect.

Partly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees. Easterly winds between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, with a low about 59 degrees. Easterly winds around 5 mph.