It’s About Time/Plus Kindle Drawing and Book Giveaway


On November 6th we turn the clocks back one hour. If you hate daylight savings time blame Benjamin Franklin.  One morning he happened to notice his neighbor’s blinds still drawn after the sun was up and the idea popped into his head.  What do you expect from an “early to bed, early to rise” kind of guy? Here are some more interesting facts to ponder as you get ready to reset those clocks. 


  •  Whether we like it or not our lives are dictated by time. As irritating as that might seem, it wasn’t that long ago that no one really knew what time it was. Early settlers depended on the sun to tell time.  When the sun cast the smallest shadow they knew it was noon.


  • An astronomer by the name of William Lambert was the first man in the United States to suggest standardizing time.  He presented his idea to congress in 1803 but the idea was not adopted. 


  • Townsfolk often set their watches by local jewelers.  This worked fairly well until a second jeweler moved into town. Kansas City had several jewelers and no one could agree which had the right time.  


  • If you think living in a town with different time zones was confusing, imagine the chaos for train passengers.  If several railroad lines used the same station they all installed their own clocks with–you guessed it–different times. 


  • Prior to 1883 an estimated hundred different railroad times existed in this country.  Engineers couldn’t remember all the different time changes and would often pull out of the station too soon causing passengers to miss connections. But that was a lot better than pulling out of the station too late and risk being hit by another train.


  • Things got so out of hand that railroad officials finally met and came up with the idea of dividing the country into time zones. On November 18,1883 at precisely noon, all railroad clocks and watches changed to standard time.  At first, some objected and many towns stubbornly held on to their own time or times, but eventually the advantages of standard time became clear. Worshippers arrived at church on time, employees were behind counters or desks when they were supposed to be and shops opened and closed on schedule.  Order reigned.


  • It wasn’t until 1918 that congress finally adopted standard time laws based on railroad time. The Act included Daylight Savings as a way to save electricity during World War I.


  • Hawaii and Arizona (with the exception of the Navaho reservation) do not observe daylight saving time.  The last thing residents need in these states is another hour of hot sun.


Is daylight time good for us?  Some say yes and some say no. What do you think?  Has changing time caused you to be too early or too late? 


Speaking of time (or times) I’m happy to announce that A Log Cabin Christmas is a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!   My publisher is running a drawing for a Kindle to celebrate !   (If you already have one, there’s probably someone on your Christmas list who doesn’t.) 


Email me at  Be sure to put Kindle on the subject line and I’ll put your name in the drawing.  The winner will be notified November 15th.  To make it doubly fun and to give you something to do with that extra hour you’re about to receive, I’m also giving away A Log Cabin Christmas to one of you today!


Margaret’s story: Snow Angel 

The entire Rocky Creek series is now available! 



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57 thoughts on “It’s About Time/Plus Kindle Drawing and Book Giveaway”

  1. Hi Margaret, great post. I do not like daylight savings time. I wish they would just leave the time a lone. It doesn’s save anything. It will be dark at five o’clock which mean we will have to turn our lights on an hour earlier, usuing more electricity. Hmm what does that save. Don’t enter me in the contest for your book Log Cabin Christmas I already have the book. Thanks so much for sharing with us today.

  2. I don’t like it when we change time and it gets dark at 5:00 p.m. Seems like it’s forever before it’s bedtime. Everytime we change times it takes me a while to adjust. (Don’t know why-because it’s only one hour). Would love to read Log Cabin Christas – count me in!

  3. I sent you a email to enter for the kindle,,an I just love your Christmas book,keeping my fingers crossed for that one! nice post,Christmas books are my favorite to read,,love em

  4. I love daylight savings time. We’re an active family. I like the extra hour of daylight everyday. I think we(USA) tried to stay on Daylight Savings Time about 10? years ago. I don’t remember why it failed.

    I worked as an RN days and nights. I remember always getting stuck working the extra hour. It’s really hard to face 2 am again when you are not a night person. Now a days, I always set the clocks back during the day way before going to bed. Luckily, I’ve never been late for work.

    Congrats again on your landmark award as a bestselling NY times author Snow Angel and the other 8 stories sound like an excellent way for us all to get into the holiday spirit!

    Thanks for the chance to win A Log Cabin Christmas and the KINDLE too!

  5. I have a hard time with the darkness arriving earlier each day. I prefer daylight, sunshine and bright skes. Best wishes. Your book looks lovely.

  6. Hi Margaret~Super post. I had no idea how the time got regulated. Thank goodness it did, though. Can you imagine how hetic it would be now.

    I don’t mind daylight savings time. I just fall back or jump forward. LOL

    Congrats on your NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, A log Cabin Christmas! I’ll have to pick it up.

  7. Hi Margaret,

    Mega Congratulations on making the NY Times Bestseller list!!!! The Fillies are taking over! :o)

    Very interesting post. How confusing for those poor people to try to catch a train, or get to work or church. I never realized this about America.

    Time change only gets to me in the Spring when the missed hour of sleep keeps me dragging in the morning.

    I’m off to send in my e-mail!


  8. Margaret, when I started reading your post I was thinking wouldn’t it be nice to live without clocks, but when I got to the bit about railroads using 100 different times, I quickly changed my mind! When we first started using daylight saving time here, I can remember some of the old people arguing that they wanted to stay on “God’s time”.
    Love all your books, and looking forward to the Log Cabin Christmas Collection. I see it also has contributions from several other wonderful authors. It’s on my wish list!

  9. Interesting facts about time! Before much more time, it will be Christmas, and I am looking forward to reading your Christmas anthology!:-)

  10. It’s already dark early enough for me. I’ve wanted to get A Log Cabin Christmas but haven’t been able to find it. I love Christmas books. I’ll read them all year long.

  11. Hi Margaret. I like daylight savings time. The more time after work that we have daylight the happier I am. I actual don’t like the other time. It gets dark so early that it is depressing to me. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  12. Cathy, the reason you’re having trouble finding A Log Cabin Christmas is because it’s on back order for 10,000 books! More copies are coming to Walmart and other retailers soon, but I think you can still find it online.

    They don’t last long on the shelves.

  13. Interesting post and information. I am a morning person and don’t like it getting dark so early as it makes me sleepy. Love your Rocky Creek series Maragaret!

  14. Hi, Margaret. Congrats again on the NY Times List! So exciting!!!

    I love DST in the fall because I crave that extra hour of sleep. Not so excited about it in the spring when I have to give that hour back.

    It’s amazing how many changes beyond ease of transportation came about because of the railroad. Great post today.

  15. Margaret, congratulations. Nice.

    I remember Corrie ten Boom’s mention, in The Hiding Place, of St. Bavo time for most Haarlemers, as opposed to those who needed accuracy and visited her father’s watch shop to consult his precision chronometer. To keep his clock accurate, Casper ten Boom weekly traveled by train to Amsterdam, to regulate his clock by that of the Naval Observatory. The ultimate indignity for his clock was Casper’s concession that the BBC’ Big Ben chimes were accurate.

  16. Hi Karen, yes it is amazing. I don’t think anything brought more changes to the 19th century than the train and telegraph. Some of the characters in my books are still fighting those changes! 🙂

  17. No Daylight Savings for me to deal with… where I live we do not change the clocks. The only thing we have to worry about is the change of time for our cable shows!

  18. Hi! I guess I really don’t mind the time change, the only thing that really gets me is that first week after the time change. It takes me awhile to get use to

  19. Hi Margaret, I’m neutral on daylight savings time. I just accept it and move on. I figure it balances itself out, in the Spring we get an extra hour and in the Fall we lose one. The upside is that while it’s darker in the morning, in the evening there is more daylight 🙂

  20. CONGRATULATIONS on A LOG CABIN CHRISTMAS making the NYTBL. It sounds like a great anthology.

    My sleeping pattern changes with the length of daylight and I was usually ready to change the clock when it was time. However the change that was made 10 years or so ago was not in sync with it. They should have left things alone.

    Interesting list of information on time. Only one comment on that list, the last item in particular: “The last thing residents need in these states is another hour of hot sun.” No matter what we set our clocks to, the area will still get the same amount of daylight and sunshine, no more – no less. Setting the clock back will just change the time the sun rises and sets, not how long it is visible.

    I hope to get to the Rocky Creek series soon.

  21. Enjoyed reading the article about time. I live in Arizona so doesn’t bother me with time changes.
    Your book sounds really good.

  22. Hi Patricia, I read an interesting article about Arizona’s experiment with Daylight Savings. I think they tried it for one year but drive-in movies, saloons, bowling alleys and other businesses lost money.

  23. Personally, I do NOT like daylight savings time and changing the clocks 2x each year. I believe the purpose of it has long since disappeared, as people no longer operate their lives (from a majority standpoint) based upon daylight. I’d be much happier if we did away with it altogether. We need to Spring Forward and leave it there. No one else in the world utilizes it. Of course, everyone else is on the Metric system too, so it seems the US has to be different. 🙂

    As for the article, it’s fascinating to align that with all those TV shows or movies set in the past (especially post-Civil War through turn-of-the-century) and see how many portrayed characters who were all on time for church, appointments, meals, etc. Guess they shouldn’t have been so punctual after all. 🙂 Good thing I don’t usually focus much on time in my novels, beyond the midday meal, sunrise and sunset. Phew.

  24. Btw, congrats on LCC making the NYT best-seller list. Deb Ullrick was the first one who told me. Super kudos! I have 1 best-selling title, but it’s within my publisher’s rankings. 🙂 This collection sounds fascinating, and I always love a great Christmas romance. Log cabins as the setting make it doubly intriguing and a must-read. Please enter me. Thanks!

  25. Tiffany, it is interesting that we don’t see time confusion in movies or TV shows set in the past. Everyone knew what time noon was so maybe that’s why shootouts were planned for High Noon.

  26. Several of you wrote me privately asking when A Log Cabin Christmas will be available on Kindle. I don’t know the answer but this is one book you won’t want to read on an eBook reader–trust me. The book has deckled pages and it’s beautiful to hold. Many Kindle readers purchased it just for the tactile experience. I recently attended a librarian luncheon and it caused quite a stir. Everyone had to hold it. You should have heard the oohs and aahs. I felt like I was passing around a newborn babe!

  27. Congratulations for your book being on the New York Times best seller list! I would love to win a copy of A Log Cabin Christmas.
    I enjoyed your post about time; I didn’t know the history of how time zones were set.

  28. I always worry about the kids waiting for the
    school bus in the dark. They go from a daylight
    wait to darkness over the weekend. I’m afraid that
    someone could be hit by a passing car because of
    not being easily seen.

    Pat Cochran

  29. I hate getting up in the dark but I also hate coming home from schoolin the dark so I’m unhappy about them messing with mother nature.

    Looking forward to reading A Log Cabin Christmas!

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