Book Talks


Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, 7 pm, “Making the Most of Your Money in Retirement,” 
When stock market volatility and inflation persist, smart retirees search ways to make the most of their money. It’s not easy but small moves can make a difference and keep you from making the wrong moves in unpredictable times. Edleson will focus on specific steps retirees and those considering retirement can take to improve and maintain financial stability for the long run. She writes for, a Dow Jones financial website, and is the authorof the book, 12 Ways to Retire on Less (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021). Her other writing credits include The Washington Post Real Estate section and the Retiring feature in The New York Times. Most recently, she was a staff writer/editor/producer at AARP.  Copies of her book will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the program; Friendship Village Center, Village of Friendship Heights, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815 – (301) 656-2797.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 10:30 am, guest speaker and book signing, “Taking to the Skies Again: Traveling in Today’s World,” Friendship Village Center, Village of Friendship Heights, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815 – (301) 656-2797. If you’re considering travel this summer yet find yourself wavering, it’s not surprising. Overall, you want to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Yet, for some, travel is a big part of life. If you wait for the perfect time, you may never go. You can postpone for only so long. Instead, during a pandemic that ebbs and flows, aim to mitigate risk.

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 5:30-6:30 pm, Guest Speaker at Georgetown Village, virtual,

Wednesday, Oct. 5, Guest on Retire with Purpose Podcast with Casey Weade to be available at

Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, Retirement Wisdom Podcastwith executive coach/retirement coach Joe Casey


Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 7 pm, BOOK SIGNING Friendship Village Center, Village of Friendship Heights, 4433 South Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 – (301) 656-2797.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thursday 6/ 10 Your Retirement Dream: How Planning Can Make It Come True with Harriet Edleson, author and journalist. Retirement! Have you imagined you’d be lounging on a beach in the south of France or Bethany Beach? Riding a luxury train through the White Towns of Southern Spain? Cruising the Danube on a luxury riverboat? Or, taking courses with others like yourself? Serving on a nonprofit board? Buying a vacation home in the mountains? Spending more time with the ones you love? Relocating to be near your grandchildren? Whether you are already retired or thinking of retiring in the next five or 10 years, planning will make the journey more enjoyable and secure! What do you really want to do? Think about all the resources you have or will have at a time when you may no longer be working. Will you have a pension or will you be relying on Social Security and savings? Whatever your situation, the best way forward is knowledge. Learn about the optimal time for claiming your Social Security retirement benefits and how to decide whether downsizing is for you, since housing can be the largest expense in retirement. Harriet Edleson is an expert on baby boomer retirement strategies. She has written the Retiring feature for The New York Times and the Where We Live feature for The Washington Post. A former writer/editor/producer for AARP where she specialized in Social Security, she now writes for Kiplinger’s Retirement Report. Her forthcoming book, 12 Ways to Retire on Less: Planning an Affordable Future is to be published in May 2021 by Rowman & Littlefield next year. Visit her website at
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April 29, 2021: Zoom Tails: Mount Holyoke Class ZoomThe Birth of a Book

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