Spring Ahead for More Sunshine

Daylight savings timeREMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD BY ONE HOUR BEFORE YOU GO TO BED THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.  Daylight Savings Time officially begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13 and ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 6.

DST gives us the opportunity to enjoy sunny summer evenings by moving our clocks an hour forward in the spring.  Its implementation has been fraught with controversy since Benjamin Franklin conceived of the idea with regions and countries routinely changing their approaches to Daylight Savings Time.

Benjamin Franklin wrote about his idea of daylight saving in 1784 in an essay, “An Economical Project.”  It was first advocated seriously by London builder William Willett (1857-1915) in his 1907 pamphlet, “Waste of Daylight.”  After riding through the neighborhoods of London, Willett was struck by the fact that the blinds of nearby houses were closed even though the sun was fully risen.  In his pamphlet he wrote:  “Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used.”

Quite an elegant way to express what we Americans love about Daylight Savings Time – Enjoying the great outdoors for an extra hour each evening.  Even though you may be a bit bleary-eyed this Sunday morning with one less hour of sleep, go to bed right at dark on Sunday night after enjoying a longer, sunshine-filled day.


About Ruthie Curtis

About Ruthie I am a real estate agent in Columbus, GA and love my “job.” I enjoy being associated with the professionals at Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate and the folks that I come in contact with each and every day. I basically just love houses and all that is associated with them. It is so rewarding to help buyers and sellers reach their goals and to be a part of the process that makes it happen. I especially love gardens and how they can work to improve a property both in aesthetics and function. As a Master Gardener, I feel that I can add another dimension to the home buying and selling process. Partnered with my love of creatively doing the “what if we” changes to houses and my attention to detail, I can offer my clients a well-rounded approach to meeting their real estate needs while having some fun along the way. I have lived in Columbus for the past 25 years and have been actively involved in the community. My involvements include being the 1996 Race Director for the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens; a past board member of Girls,Inc and the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA); a board member of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Columbus Botanical Garden, the Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society, and is a member of the Women’s Reading Club of Columbus and the Overdue Book Club. I am a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where I serve on the Altar Guild.photo (10) I am a UGA Bulldawg – having grown up in Athens and attended the University of Georgia where I received a BA degree in Advertising. I have two daughters, two great son-in-laws, five grandchildren and a Jack Russell Terrier named Jasper. I live in the historic Overlook area in Columbus where I recently purchased an older home and enjoyed the experience of putting my creative knowledge and skills to work!
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