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I guess it started in the late ‘50s and has continued until now. In my opinion, it was a mistake then, and it is a mistake now. What I am talking about as “it,” is building houses without porches. And by porches, I do not mean those narrow little ledges that will barely hold a chair. I mean wide wooded verandas that separate the home from the world. Aside from what I learned at the meal table, I probably had more information imparted to me on porches than at any other one place. Especially was this true about family, relationships, the church, kinfolks and with even a little politics thrown in. Since families no longer gather at meal times, and since very few houses have real porches, it is no wonder that there is very little “family teaching” going on. Perhaps this is why the country is in such a mess.