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About Stephanie Raffelock

Stephanie Raffelock is a journalist, a blogger and an aspiring novelist. In her Sixty and Me column, she explores aging dynamically, living fully and loving well. You can find her at http://StephanieRaffelock.com or Tweet her @Sraffelock.
Latest Posts | By Stephanie Raffelock
6 Ways We Can Use Random Acts of Kindness to Help Others and Heal Ourselves
2 days ago

6 Ways We Can Use Random Acts of Kindness to Help Others and Heal Ourselves

There is something about a random act of kindness that feeds us as much as it feeds the recipient.

Remember the movie, “Pay It Forward?” In it a young boy wonders how it would be if he did something nice for three people and asked those three people to do something nice for three more people? Pretty soon thousands of people were doing nice thing for other people by paying it forward. Read More

Accepting Aging: Letting Go of the Younger Self That We’ve Left Behind
2 weeks ago

Accepting Aging: Letting Go of the Younger Self That We’ve Left Behind

A friend of mine is limping into his 60s with a sense of loss. Loss of youth, energy and significance. I understand all of that and believe that most of us go through a passage where we grieve the younger life we’ve left behind. Read More

This Authentic Baker’s Dough Recipe Will Take You Back to Your Childhood
3 weeks ago

This Authentic Baker’s Dough Recipe Will Take You Back to Your Childhood

You may remember this Baker’s Dough recipe from when you were a kid because before there was ever Playdough, there was Baker’s Dough. It’s the perfect thing to share over the holidays, especially if you are going to have kids running around. Honestly though, I know that adults love this one, too. Read More

5 Gratitude Practices to Help You Get Through Tough Times
3 weeks ago

5 Gratitude Practices to Help You Get Through Tough Times

I’m struggling with a bit of low grade depression these days. A combination of several recent events, a friendship that ended, some good old-fashioned family drama, a sense of feeling misunderstood have all contributed. Read More

8 Guilty Pleasures that Make the Holidays Even More Fun
3 weeks ago

8 Guilty Pleasures that Make the Holidays Even More Fun

I swear to you that I am not a bah, humbug kind of person.

In fact, I love the holidays, and one of the things that I most look forward to is that business slows, relatives eventually go home and I have hit every bullet point on my Christmas “To-Do” list. Read More

4 Real Qualities That Can Make Us Beautiful in Our Own Aged Eyes
3 months ago

4 Real Qualities That Can Make Us Beautiful in Our Own Aged Eyes

There was no time for a blow dryer. For the past few weeks, my hair has been in braids anyway.

The hours of sorting, packing and otherwise running errands for my upcoming move from Ashland to Austin left me, most days, in desperate need of a hot, soapy shower. My look had definitely morphed to Grandma Clampett, sans the shotgun. Read More

Let’s Explore 3 A’s of Aging Well
5 months ago

Let’s Explore 3 A’s of Aging Well

Aging well is a lot like a spiritual practice. It requires awareness, discipline and focus to move through the third chapter of life with some grace and a little bit of mischievous disgrace. Read More

How Do You Really Feel About Your Age?
5 months ago

How Do You Really Feel About Your Age?

In the summer months, they crowd the waiting area where I get my hair trimmed. They are filled with laughter and secrets and a great deal of joy.

When I see them, I know immediately that they are either bachelorettes out for a day of primping and camaraderie or they’re getting ready for a wedding that’s about to happen. Read More

5 Unexpected Gifts that Come from Being a Lifelong Learner
6 months ago

5 Unexpected Gifts that Come from Being a Lifelong Learner

My college degree was not what I thought it would be. It didn’t prepare me for life. But what it gave me was this: it taught me how to learn. It made me a lifelong student. Read More

How to Reclaim Your Passion for Life in Your 60s
8 months ago

How to Reclaim Your Passion for Life in Your 60s

Stand as a spiritual warrior at the threshold of old age. This is no time to shrink away, to believe the lies of insignificance or uselessness. Do not retreat or retire from the world. Read More