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About Stephanie Raffelock

Stephanie Raffelock is a novelist and a blogger. In her Sixty and Me column, she explores writing, living fully and loving well. She enjoys literary representation by Dystel, Goderich and Bouret in New York. You can find Stephanie at http://StephanieRaffelock.com or Tweet her @Sraffelock.
Latest Posts | By Stephanie Raffelock
How to Bounce Back from Failure After 50
5 days ago

How to Bounce Back from Failure After 50

I know J.K. Rowling’s story by heart – the young, impoverished single mother who stayed true to her writing dream in the face of a failed marriage and what she saw as a failed career choice. The urgency of her situation turned her desire to write novels into a fierce fidelity, which birthed Harry Potter. Read More

Ageism and the Fitness Clothing Industry
1 month ago

Ageism and the Fitness Clothing Industry

Most people, if not everyone, recognize the benefits of exercise. An entire industry has been built around promoting proactive health, with both food and drug commercials emphasizing diet and exercise. Read More

10 Things to Fill You With Autumnal Joy
1 month ago

10 Things to Fill You With Autumnal Joy

“But now the days are short, I’m in the autumn of my years. And I think of my life as vintage wine from fine old kegs. From the brim to the dregs, it poured sweet and clear. It was a very good year.” – Ervin Drake, It Was A Very Good Year

There is something grounding, something earthly ceremonial about the change of seasons. The natural world is filled with answers to our longing. Nature is the great healer and finding time to spend in its sensual beauty nurtures the tired soul. Read More

Think You’re Not Creative? Think Again!
2 months ago

Think You’re Not Creative? Think Again!

Let the beauty we love

be what we do.

There are a million ways to kneel

And kiss the ground.

~Rumi~

There are so many great things about being a woman of this certain age – what stretches out in front of us are our most creative years. Read More

10 Steps to Improve Your Life After 50 Through Deliberate Breathing
2 months ago

10 Steps to Improve Your Life After 50 Through Deliberate Breathing

Anyone who has ever done Pilates or taken a Yoga class knows that one of the great benefits derived from those types of classes is the relaxation and sense of well-being that comes from an hour of deep, deliberate breathing. Read More

6 Summer Activities to Share with Your Friends and Family this Year
4 months ago

6 Summer Activities to Share with Your Friends and Family this Year

This year, it felt like winter would never end. Here in the great North West, we were all feeling a little down for the lack of warmth and sunshine. Now that summer is here, I know that it will go by too quickly – it always does. Read More

Learning to Say “No” is Especially Important After 60
5 months ago

Learning to Say “No” is Especially Important After 60

Do you say “yes” to every invitation? Do you find yourself stressed and then realizing that you created that stress by over-scheduling yourself?

My type-A personality tends to cringe at the idea of unscheduled time. Even in my mid-60’s I am still very goal oriented. Read More

6 Ways to Overcome the Betrayal of the Body After 60
5 months ago

6 Ways to Overcome the Betrayal of the Body After 60

In my mind and heart I still feel like I can do what I did when I was 30. But it’s just not true. I hung up my tennis shoes a decade ago because the discs in my back are degenerating and they won’t take the pounding anymore. My body has betrayed me. Read More

5 Things I Learned About Style from 95-Year-Old Iris Apfel
6 months ago

5 Things I Learned About Style from 95-Year-Old Iris Apfel

Okay, not so long ago, I didn’t know who Iris Apfel was either. Then I watched a Netflix documentary on the 95-year-old businesswoman, interior designer and fashion icon, and now I can’t stop thinking about her. Read More

You’re Never Too Old to Rock and Roll, Even if You’re Creakier in the Knees!
7 months ago

You’re Never Too Old to Rock and Roll, Even if You’re Creakier in the Knees!

I love to dance. I can’t dance the way I did in my 20s – all night long, but I still love to dance. Okay, so maybe my moves are a little stiffer than they used to be, but moving to music remains a great joy in my life. Read More