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Book Review: A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable and Meaningful Celebration

Author: Meg Keene Publisher: Da Capo Press – Lifelong Books – 242 pages Book Review by:  Laxmi Chaandi Getting married with grace, joy, and even fun without breaking the bank is what Meg Keene offers the marrying couple with this handy guide book. It’s small and short enough to read in one sitting as well as filled with myriad details to refer to when you’re ready to plan the various aspects of your upcoming wedding. A wedding does not have to make you go crazy, offend relatives and friends cut out from your list or make you take out long-term mortgage to get the cash up front to pay for every expense you knew and did not know about. Before making your lists of people, places, events, expenses, food, drinks, decorations, tables, chairs, flowers and all the other stuff needed for your wedding, read this book. With careful reading, this book can provide you a proper perspective, a sensible timeline of events and a bird’s eye view of the total expected cost. When you are armed with these, have written down a detailed plan and take the actions itemized in your plan, you are less likely to go insane before and during your momentous occasion. In 10 chapters, you’re shown how to get started; write down the journalistic H and Ws (how, who, what, when, where, why) to get...

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Book Review: 365 Thank Yous – The Year a Simple Act of Gratitude Changed My Life

Author: John Kralik Publisher:Hyperion Books  – 228 pages Book Review by: Laxmi Chaandi This is a highly inspiring book that reminds me of the universal law of balance in nature that applies to human relationships as well – that there can be no giving without receiving, or vice versa, just as there can be no right without a wrong. I believe that giving without the expectation of receiving is the only attitude one must have in life on this subject, whether those acts involve material gifts or simple “Thank Yous” – thoughts expressed in a note, which are at once both intangible and tangible. John Kralik, a 52-year-old attorney and about 40 pounds overweight, relates to us in this beautifully-worded handy book, written from his heart, how sending “Thank You” notes dramatically and almost magically transformed his life when he had sunk to such a low point that he wondered whether dying might have been better than continuing to live. He writes: “As the year progressed, there had been days when I was so preoccupied with my problems that I walked into the street without checking for a WALK sign. When a car missed me with a honk of the horn, I wondered whether everything might have worked out better had I been hit.” His nadir – the lowest day in his life – came on December 22, 2007....

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Book Review: 365 30-Minute Meals

From the Editors of Better Homes and Gardens Publisher: Wiley Publishing Book Review by: Laxmi Chaandi This book deserves a medal for its superb organization of material and its layout. You can easily go to see a list of the type of food you are looking for: breakfast suggestions, meatless dishes, pastas, pizzas and sandwiches, seafood, soups and stews, and other food categories along with easy-to-find page numbers for each dish The page tabs are large to save you time looking. When you turn to the page for the dish you want, its recipe is on a single page – with the list of ingredients and quantities needed on the left and simple steps to preparation on the right. The directions are placed as 1, 2 and 3, and some with a 4 – it’s that simple. Each recipe page shows you how much time it will take, and how many adults it will serve. Of course you can adjust quantities to you preference. Some pages give you a “Make-Ahead Directions” heading, which are some things to do ahead of preparation or cooking, to save time. Some pages treat you with a tip – something to make the dish more flavorful or to save you time. Some pages have a separate heading after the steps to prepare a dressing. And some have a “Nutrition Facts per Serving.” note which...

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Book Review: 101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times

Author: Jay A. Block Publisher: McGraw-Hill – 194 pages Book Review by Nano Khilnani As I browsed through this book, I went straight to look for the list of the 101 best ways mentioned on the cover. And I was not disappointed. It begins with a highly inspiring and motivational piece of encouragement in No.1: Develop a fearless constitution as a first step in landing a new job in troubled economic times. But Jay’s approach to helping job seekers land good jobs is not just motivational but highly useful, as in No.3: Change how you think about a job search – look at it as an easy five-step process that is a well-planned and well-executed campaign. When reviewing a book, I typically next read about the author and his qualifications. And not only was I not disappointed, I was impressed by his background of success. Jay has written and published 15 career and motivational books, 10 of those by McGraw Hill, one of the world’s most respected publishing houses. Among his other highly essential – and utilitarian – related books that jobseekers must get hold of are: “101 Best Resumes” and “101 Best Cover Letters.” While he is described as an “industry pioneer” and “one of the nation’s leading executive career and empowerment coaches” (I am often skeptical of descriptions – who writes them – if not the authors...

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Beaten-Down Canadian Stocks Present Good Investing Opportunities

By Tom Essaye Part of being a good contrarian investor is constantly looking beyond your investment “comfort zone” and trying to find less-followed opportunities. In that vein, as I look across the scope of the investing landscape, I can’t help but see that the whole world has been focused on two regions: Europe and China. Obviously people are paying attention to Europe because of the ongoing economic weakness and seemingly ever repeating sovereign debt problems. China, on the other hand, is being closely watched with the hope that it will be able to engineer an economic “soft landing” and continue to help the global economy grow. To be sure, these are two very important regions of the world. And investors must monitor them because the movement of those markets will have an effect on us here at home. But, you shouldn’t have “tunnel vision” and only focus on those two areas — and ignore the other regions of the world where there is opportunity. For example … Canada has often been overshadowed by its much larger neighbor — the United States.   While everyone is focusing on Europe’s problems and Asia’s growth, things in the land to our north have quietly been picking up. Let me give you three reasons why … #1 — Strong banks Canadian banks are some of the best run and well capitalized in the...

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