Selected Books by Roel Resources Contributors





Strange Gods

Annamaria Alfieri (pen name of Patricia King)


Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo

Paul Arfin


Forty Thorns

Judy Light Ayyildiz


A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success

Ken Dychtwald and Daniel J. Kadlec


The Life I Had in Mind (Plus Three)
(Four Novellas)

August Franza


The Virgin Widow

Andrea Gould


When Parents Disagree and What You Can Do About It

Roberta Israeloff


The Banker and the Fisherman: Lessons in Life, Wealth and Happiness for the 21st Century

Ronald W. Roge, Roeseanne Roger, Steven M. Roge


Return on Relationship

Ted Rubin and Kathryn Rose


Spinal Chords From the Devil’s Backbone

Curtis Seltzer


Friends and Associates:

Feast It Forward

Age Wave


Bear Hearts and Glowing Devices: “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” An incisive article in the Atlantic Magazine, by Stephen Marche, about how social media, for all its connectivity, may be contributing to an epidemic of loneliness today.

Remembering “The Lads”: incisive essay on the iconic Beatles, by Ken Taub


Uncluttering your house: – The National Association of Professional Organizers lists about 4,200 organizers nationwide.  The group’s web site provides a directory of members, as well as consumer tips on how to hire a professional organizer.

www.uncluttered   –  Website of Uncluttered Domain, a professional organizing firm serving the New York metropolitan area.

Well-known advice books include: “Christopher Lowell’s Seven Layers of Organization: UnclutterYour Home, Unclutter Your Life, by Christopher Lowell; and  Cleaning and the Meaning of Life:  Simple Solutions to Declutter Your Home and Beautify Your Life, by Paula Jhung.

“Intentional housing” options:–  The Fellowship for Intentional Community lists resources for housing developments, such as eco-villagescohousing communities, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops and urban housing cooperatives. – Beacon Hill Village in Boston is an example of a member-driven organization for residents age 50 and over that  provides programs and services so its members can lead active lives, while remaining in their own  neighborhoods.

National housing trends: – Standard & Poor’s analysts provide commentary on the housing market, with nationwide data such as the closely watched S&P Case Shiller Home Price Index. – Bankrate offers extensive information about interest rates nationwide for mortgages and other financial products. – An informative article by The Fiscal Times, providing an overview of trends in 2012 and projections for 2013.

Deciding Whether to Downsize: – WikiHow, a collection of how-to guides, offers a succinct, 12-step approach to downsizing. – MovingGuru, a guide to services for moving and relocation, offers a calculator to estimate how much a move will cost.– The National Center for Assisted Living, part of the American Health Care Association, a federation of state health organizations, offers consumer resources and publications for assisted living residents and families.


Transcending the River: — A good read about 67-year-old Robert Davidson’s remarkable effort to revive the art and totems of the Pacific Northwest Haida culture in this Mother Jones article by Senior Editor Mark Follman.  — Learn more about  Alice Mackler, a New York-based painter and sculptor, who had her first one-woman show last year—at 81. And see some examples of her highly regarded work at Katherine Brooks’ Huffinton Post blog.

A Medicine of Oneness: —Solar Cookers International is a California-based nonprofit group  whose mission is to spread solar thermal cooking technology to benefit people and environments around the world.

Older job-hunters: — The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook describes hundreds of jobs and provides employment projections in the coming years. — O*Net Online, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration,  has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, as well as workforce development and HR professionals,  and  researchers.

I’m on LinkedIn…Now What??? (Third Edition) by Jason Alba. This paperback and e-book  is a favorite resource of career and marketing experts who use social media. — This nonprofit organization promotes “encore careers”—jobs that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact  in the second half of life.


Families considering third-party reproduction or adoption: – Resolve is the oldest consumer-run advocacy and educational provider in the nation for individuals and couples undergoing fertility treatments or other options, with links and fact  sheets on all the issues you might be interested in exploring. — A trusted consumer group that offers information and links to sites  about infertility treatments and family building options, as well as child-free living.

Experiencing Infertility – This book by Harriet Rovner (Norton, 2000) is available on as well as other book sites and in many public libraries.

Families caring for older parents: — The Family Service League of Long Island is an established social services agency that provides a wide range of programs  for families, including caregiver support for aging parents and other senior services. — Children for Aging Parents (CAPS) is national nonprofit organization with helpful information for caregivers, including links to caregiver groups in several states. — The U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Administration on Aging provides resources and referral services, as well as a locator to help find services in your area.

MONEY —The  American Association for Long Term Care Insurance, a national trade association, offers an online resource center for consumers. – The Financial Planning Association provides a Tools & Resources page with  tips, worksheets, checklists and calculators for Social Security and health care costs.

Financial literacy: — is a national organization that provides services and information to help families manage debt in all stages of life, including the use of credit cards, student loans and mortgages, and financial planning to avoid debt accumulation during retirement years.  —  Practical Money Skills For Life is a program developed by Visa in partnership with consumer advocates, educators and financial institutions to provide free educational resources, including online games, articles, videos and lesson plans. — Shop Sleuth, a website guide to shopping malls and outlets nationwide, offers a good “Budgeting Guide for Kids and Teens,” among other resources. – The National Foundation for Credit Counseling includes more than 700 community-based offices nationwide. Consumers can receive education, counseling and tips online, over the phone and in person. —  JumpStart  a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth. The website offers a useful library of financial education resources, for teachers, parents, caregivers and “anyone committed to financial smarts for students.” —The Great Piggy Bank Adventure is a virtual board game for kids, with sophisticated graphics and animation on Disney’s website, backed by the T. Rowe Price Group.


Adopting or rescuing a dog:  — Last Chance Animal Rescue, devoted to saving the lives of animals that would otherwise be euthanized, has a listing of animals for adoption.  — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a Shelter Finder and lists of adoptable cats and dogs in your area.  — American Animal Rescue Society offers options for cat and dog adoption or temporary foster care.

Enriched travel: —  A sampling of Religious Travel vacations offered by Globus, where people can explore the roots and heritage of their faith. — An unusual 16-day ecotourism trip through Costa Rica offered by G Adventures. — An example of “Slow Food” travel experiences offered by Brendan Vacations.

COMMUNITY – The online version of Government Technology magazine is geared to IT professionals in the public sector, but offers lots of case studies that show how technology is being used to improve the services of state and local governments.

The Campaign Against Dementia:

Helpful books on the brain and memory include: The Memory Bible and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program, both by Gary Small; The Longevity Prescription, by Robert Butler; and The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, by Alvaro Fernandez, Elkhonon Goldberg and Pas­cale Mich­e­lon.

Brain game books include: Whole Brain Workouts, by Marge Engelman, and Brain Games: Lower Your Brain Age in Minutes a Day, by Elkhonon Goldberg.

DAKIM computer software can be purchased on the company’s website,