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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Acts of Kindness Never Go Out of Style

Acts of Kindness Never Go Out of Style

Ray Geiger, my dad, was the the faithful editor of the Farmers’ Almanac for 60 years (1935 – 1994). So, the 1995 edition is somewhat historic because it was the first edition for Sandi Duncan and me. It was a transitional year, but very exciting. A recent story out of New York City reminded me of this year because we launched a Way to Go campaign. We started the article:

“Have you ever experienced the unsolicited goodwill of another person, but were too busy, too harried to thank the person for his/her good deed?”

We created, printed and distributed tens of thousands of Way to Go cards for our readers to give to people demonstrating acts of kindness.

Fast forward 17 years, and an entirely new technology that captures acts of kindness in a flash and shared worldwide. I was reminded of this campaign when I read about NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo who came across an elderly homeless* man without shoes. He returned with a pair of boots he purchased and is pictured putting them on the man’s feet. How many homeless men does this officer encounter in a given day?

I am so touched by Officer DePrimo for doing something that is truly what humanity is about. Thanks for helping another person so personally and privately. He is my hero.

As we charge through the holiday season, let’s all find ways to touch the hearts of others. Random acts of kindness never go out of style and are always appreciated. Here is the New York Times article about the incident.

There are many ways to be a hero. People in managing editor Sandi Duncan’s hometow are collecting supplies for the many people still displaced, or otherwise affected bu, Hurricane Sandy. You can see that effort here.

This holiday season, find a way to reach out to those in need, whether in you own community or the world at large.

*The latest news is that the man was not actually homeless, though he is in the Social Service system.

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If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.