The Practical Guide to Total Living

By Dave Reidy '99

We spend our lives searching for a guide, a handbook to help us navigate the urban landscape in which we live. We search for bound pages to fill the spiritual and cultural void we feel in the very pit of our souls. The Bhagavad-Gita, Catcher In The Rye, Martha Stewart Living: I tried them all. And while all of them contained pearls of wisdom, they lacked the totality of guidance I sought. So I decided I would live one day of my life entirely informed by a work that boasts the accrued knowledge of centuries of rural existence, and apply its wisdom to my 20-something, uber-hip Chicagoan lifestyle. On September 23, 2000, I would test the validity of The Old Farmer’s Almanac: 2000

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