“Everyone in the workforce today should read this book!”
—HORACE B. DEETS, FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AARP
“Want excellent insights on retirement planning from a professional who’s actually experienced retirement himself? You’ll get just that from Stan Hinden’s book.”
—STEVE VERNON, COLUMNIST, CBSMONEYWATCH.COM
“Provides the most important information you’ll need before and during your retirement.”
—MICHELLE SINGLETARY, THE WASHINGTON POST
Award-winning Washington Post retirement columnist Stan Hinden’s bestselling How to Retire Happy, Fourth Edition, helps you make the right decisions to ensure a happy, healthful retirement. It delivers all the expert advice you need in an easy-to-understand step-by-step style. How to Retire Happy includes everything that has made previous editions the go-to guides for retirees and near-retirees, plus:Brand-new material on health insurance and the prescription drug plan The facts about Medicare Part A (hospital), Part B (tests, doctors, preventive care), and Part D (prescription drugs) The author’s personal experiences with the realities of long-term Alzheimer’s care Fully updated material on Social Security strategies How to handle the financial realities of the post-meltdown economy New resources you can turn to for extra advice
Brides-to-be, do you dream of rocking a wedding full of personality, pizzazz, and style, without compromising your dreams or kissing your budget goodbye? Well, bust out your happy dance because today is your lucky day...you're holding the key in your newly-betrothed hands!
In the pages of this witty guide, Dana LaRue, creator of thebrokeassbride.com, shares hundreds of tips and anecdotes for getting the most bang for your buck, celebrating your personality as a couple, and making wedding planning fun. She includes:
· The top 14 money-saving rules for choosing your location, dress, menu, and music—and most important of all, enjoying the day
· Engagement party and rehearsal dinner ideas that won’t break the bank
· 4 tips for finding your dream theme
· Sample budget breakdowns ($1,000; $5,000; $10,000; $15,000; and beyond) showing where couples saved and splurged
· Her very own road-tested advice for becoming a negotiation ninja
· 7 ways to keep your booze budget under control
· DIY décor projects and recipes you can make without risking a bridezilla meltdown
· Online planning shortcuts, tools to find savings, and helpful websites for organization and style inspiration
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--Steve Vernon, columnist, CBSMoneyWatch.com
“Everyone in the workforce today should read this book!”
—Horace B. Deets, former Executive Director, AARP
Award-winning Washington Post retirement columnist Stan Hinden’s bestselling How to Retire Happy helps you decide if you can retire now, or whether you have to stay on the job for a few more years.
This trusted guide has been fully updated to address the stomachchurning issues created by financial market volatility and the economic recession.
Will you have enough money for health care? Do you need—and can you afford—a longterm care policy? How much income can your savings produce?
The third edition of How to Retire Happy provides answers to these questions—plus all-new information about:A new menu of Medigap insurance policies New strategies for maximizing Social Security income Making your money last through a long retirement
Apply Hinden’s reliable, easy-to-understand advice and experience a happy, healthful retirement for years and years to come.
Insurgencies and Revolutionsbrings together former students, close research associates, and colleagues of John Friedmann to reflect on his contributions to planning theory and practice. The volume is organized around five broad themes where Friedmann’s contributions have risen to challenge established paradigms and generated the space for revolutionary thinking and action in urban and regional planning – Theorising hope; Economic development and regionalism; World cities and the Good city; Social learning, empowered communities, and citizenship; and Chinese cities. The essays by the authors reflect their engagement with his ideas and the new directions in which they have taken these in their work in planning theory and practice.
The Wedding Book covers everything, in a voice filled with understanding: announcing the engagement, and what to do when someone isn't happy about the news; creating a budget; the pros and cons of destination weddings. Drawing up the guest list; planning the ceremony (and how to personalize your vows); menus to inspire; contracts and wedding insurance. Shopping for the dress, six great hairstyles, tuxedo vs. dinner jacket, the etiquette of invitations. Style tips for flowers, the tabletop, linens; a cake that says "you"; the crucial "Sixty Days Until I Do"; rehearsal dinner strategies; plus freezing the cake and preserving the bouquet.
Today the average cost of a wedding is $25,000—at $19.95, The Wedding Book is the smartest investment a bride-to-be could make.
While other books, college courses, and training programs giveyou the theory and how-to of the profession, Confessions of anEvent Planner reveals the real world of event planning and whatcan happen—usually the unexpected—on an event programwhen actual participants are added to the event planning design andexecution mix. In a climate of media scrutiny and corporatescandals, event planners must be masters of discretion, knowing howto avoid and deal with everything from sexual romps to financialshenanigans, to chainsaw wielding salesmen dead set on“re-landscaping” the grounds of the resortthey’re staying at. From an event planner who’s seen itall and knows how to deal with it all, comes practical first-handadvice delivered in an entertaining and accessible format.
Each chapter is set in a unique location, with a cast ofcharacters, and a host of challenges and problems toovercome—from the boardroom to the resort guest bedrooms.Readers learn what they can come up against, how to problem solvecreatively on the fly, get ideas for staging spectacular events,and see the principles of event planning in action. The scenario ineach chapter is introduced by an outline of what will be covered inthe chapter, and each chapter concludes with a series of reviewquestions to explore key issues and stimulate reflection ordiscussion for individuals or groups. Ideal as a companion to JudyAllen’s six other event planning books, as a textbook inevent planning courses, or as a professional training toolConfessions of an Event Planner prepares planners for whatthey can expect once they start working in the world of corporateand social event planning, and will help decision-makers setcompany policies, procedures and protocol andpromote discussion about codes of conduct in the office andoffsite.
Whether you're newly engaged or haven't quite made anything official yet, but you know you want to spend your lives together, you're going to need help planning your wedding. When you're ready to take a deep breath and start, this is the book you want--need--to have. From figuring out what you really want--as opposed to what everyone else thinks you should want--to helping you keep an eye on the ceremony itself and the vows, Meg Keene, founder of apracticalwedding.com, covers all the essentials. With checklists (such as flowers, food, final venue walk-through) and key spreadsheets (guest list and seating chart, budget, venue search, and more), A Practical Wedding Planner helps you:
Set a budget--and stick to itChoose a venue: traditional, non-traditional, and everything in betweenHire good vendors and keep your friendors (and tells you why DIY doesn't always save money)Figure out catering, rentals, and everything else Pinterest forgot to tell youReality-check wedding décorCreate and write a ceremony that really represents both of youGet everyone to show up...and have a good time
In The Art of the Long View, now with the addition of an all-new User's Guide, Peter Schwartz outlines the "scenaric" approach, giving you the tools for developing a strategic vision within your business.
Schwartz describes the new techniques, originally developed within Royal/Dutch Shell, based on many of his firsthand scenario exercises with the world's leading institutions and companies, including the White House, EPA, BellSouth, PG&E, and the International Stock Exchange.
Molly Rosen Guy founded the brand Stone Fox Bride as an alternative to outdated, plastic-princess wedding culture. Her stylish and subversive approach is being embraced by creative, modern brides who believe in love and romance, but have no interest in running off into the sunset. In an inspiring mix of intimate storytelling, gorgeous visuals, and candid advice, with an aesthetic that channels Bianca Jagger in a white tux rather than Cinderella in a frilly gown, Molly Rosen Guy—your cool, hippie chic guide through the wilds of wedding planning—encourages brides-to-be, and their ladies in tow, to say no to all things phony, frilly, and silly. Featuring personal essays that explore the nuances of the process, including a raw, unairbrushed look at the realities of the early days of marriage, she tells us that a Stone Fox Bride should never sacrifice her style, her story, or her sanity to please others; she reassures us that weddings don't have to be free of confusion, shades of gray, or cellulite; and reminds us that marriage, like love, is equal parts complicated and beautiful.
Praise for Molly Rosen Guy and the Stone Fox Bride phenomenon
“The current wedding-wear darling of the jammin’ and Instagrammin’ set [offers] an insouciant, antiestablishment approach to weddings.”—The New York Times
“[Molly Rosen Guy is] making waves in the bridal industry thanks to her eclectic eye and refusal to conform to clichéd traditions.”—W
“Molly Rosen Guy built a business filling the needs of women who long for something more than your run-of-the-mill, princess-y flou for their big day.”—Vogue
At once practical and enjoyable, Offbeat Bride validates choosing the funky, different, and offbeat over the traditional, and leads couples through the planning process—from unique ideas on how to announce their engagement all the way to answering the question, “So, how’s married life?” Stallings is the ultimate guide to the alternative wedding of your dreams, and with Offbeat Bride, she brings you a book that serves both as an encouragement and celebration of aisles less traveled.