Getting it together… Harris N. “Hershey” Rosen

by Harris N. “Hershey” Rosen, contributing writer

Listening to the plight of American citizens in Afghanistan trying to make it home, you hear much about “papers” – not only passports, but documents of work records, military service, and who you worked for, who could be your “referer” – one to refer you. Then there are letters of reference.

Do you have a file that follow you from job to job, with vital information such as start and end dates, salary information (helpful when verifying social security documentation later), who you worked for – what are their contact information in case you need references later – even years later.

If you apply for a government job or even take the “Bar” exam you will have to recreate this type of information for security checks. Best to reconstruct from college years to present – now.


Heard a sad story today of a woman who had a 3rd cousin in New Jersey and they spoke at least once a month. The woman’s daughter was in Florida, and one day the mother took very sick – eventually she died – all within a month’s time. It took quite some time for our friend to find out why her friend wasn’t answering the phone or wasn’t getting in touch with her. She had not even attended her friend’s funeral, or did she know where she was buried. If her friend had put this information all together for her daughter, this would not have happened. Today the funeral home became a conduit for them – friend and daughter – and they spoke and cried on the phone.


What’s in your wallet?

Remembering all that is in your wallet is something you shouldn’t have to do – but if you ever lose it you will be driving yourself a little crazy to recall. Recently, I saw a helpful tip from – of all people – Oprah Winfrey! (did you ever see her carry a wallet or pocketbook? I guess she must have one, though). Here’s Oprah’s handy tip:

Photocopies of what’s in your wallet
Once a year, make a copy of all the credit and ID cards you carry around. Place as many cards as will fit on the screen, photocopy, then flip the cards over and do the other side. Don’t forget medical insurance, voter registration and health club membership cards. If your wallet ever disappears, here are some numbers that will come in handy:

To report lost or stolen cards, contact:
Visa (800-VISA-911)
American Express (800-441-0519)
MasterCard (800-307-7309)

Then register for fraud alert with the three credit bureaus:
Equifax (800-525-6285)
Experian (888-EXPERIAN)
TransUnion (800-680-7289)
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Sharing an interview I did with RINewsToday media partner, WADK Radio just prior to a book fair – thought you’d like to hear more about the book, and why I wrote it:

“WHY? Because I Love You” is available at most local bookstores – and at Amazon – here:


The holidays are coming – and delivery times are predicted to be long and expensive. So why not start that holiday list and see who would benefit by the gift of books. My book? While Why? Because I Love You won’t have steamy romance or riveting mysteries – it was written with love – for those you love. I hope you find it helpful.

Order it today! If you’d like to have it autographed, just order the book and then let me know and I can do that for you.

You can read all my columns for RINewsToday – here:

Harris “Hershey” Rosen, is the author of WHY? Because I Love You, a book that says it like it is – “What you need to know when I die”. His book details methods to organize your important personal and family information for those who are left behind.

A graduate of Harvard, Hershey Rosen has focused on controlling chaos since 1954. He was a Financial Control Officer in the U.S. Army, where he received a Letter of Commendation for improvement to its worldwide accounting system. Next, on to satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth, he ran a candy company for 40 years, developing a system for locating ANY item housed in five factories, covering 600,000 square feet.

Following “retirement,” Hershey went on to become a mediator and settled over 200 disputes for the state of Rhode Island and The Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. He was also asked to team-teach management courses at the University of Rhode Island, where he enthusiastically challenged the text book with real-life experiences, to the delight and edification of the students.

Always passionate about assisting others, Hershey has been a director or trustee of numerous boards and organizations. He has written Creating A Guide So Your Loved Ones Can Go On Living! to help others protect their spouses (and families) from the intense stress that will occur if one does not share financial information and knowledge critical to a functioning home. He then wrote My Family Record Book, expanding on the information in his first book, and finally, in 2020, WHY? Because I Love You was published.

Hershey, who lives in Providence, Rhode Island, can now relax (ha!) with his beloved wife, Myrna, and enjoy visits with their combined five children and ten grandchildren.