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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
6 Things That Will Motivate You to Exercise After 60
3 weeks ago

6 Things That Will Motivate You to Exercise After 60

We all know the truth. We’ve heard it hundreds of times: some form of daily or almost daily exercise after 60 will keep both your body and your mind happy. Read More

5 Surprising Life Lessons from My Wonderful Dog
1 month ago

5 Surprising Life Lessons from My Wonderful Dog

Have you seen that t-shirt, the one that reads “I just want to drink wine and rescue dogs?” I am so there. You could be having the worst day ever and your dog will cheer you up. Read More

3 Ways to Open and Heal a Hardened Heart
2 months ago

3 Ways to Open and Heal a Hardened Heart

Right now, the world often appears upside down and split down the middle. A barrage of politicians tell us that we must land on one side of an issue or another. Upset and righteous ire can take on a self-perpetuating quality and this can harden the heart. Read More

Exploring the Places That Live in our Memories
2 months ago

Exploring the Places That Live in our Memories

From the crest of the hill two buildings came into view. On the left-hand side, there was an old gas station with a message painted on its roof that read: Howdy Folks, Welcome to Cow Town. Read More

Don’t Wait! This Year is the Perfect time to Become a Mentor
3 months ago

Don’t Wait! This Year is the Perfect time to Become a Mentor

Life blessed me with a gaggle of nieces and nephews, but I never had kids. While in many ways not having children worked for my lifestyle, there are some things I missed out on: the major awe factor that comes with being with toddlers, the wit of teenagers and now, the no grandchildren factor. Read More

8 Guilty Pleasures that Make the Holidays Even More Fun
3 months 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

5 Gratitude Practices to Help You Get Through Tough Times
4 months 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.

You know the drill. It’s the stuff of life. And to that end, we can all get a little down and have difficulty finding inspiration at times.

To feel sick at heart is no different than to feel sick in the body. We have to take the right medicine, to restore balance. The best medicine that I know of for heart-sickness is gratitude practice. Read More

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

10 Surefire Ways to Shake Off the Myth of Insignificance and Aging
5 months ago

10 Surefire Ways to Shake Off the Myth of Insignificance and Aging

Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.Somerset Maugham, from “The Summing Up”

Recently I read something on Sixty and Me that was along the lines of what we fear most as we age. The conclusion was that we fear insignificance. I’ve had those moments, too. The dreaded insignificance is that we are afraid we might be done with the best of living. Not true. We’re not dead yet. Read More

4 Exciting Ways to Show the World You’re Never Too Old to Learn
5 months ago

4 Exciting Ways to Show the World You’re Never Too Old to Learn

One of the things that makes my 60s so enjoyable is that I have discovered the fountain of vitality in the form of learning. Learning contributes to the joy and purpose in my life. Each morning I make a cup of tea and go into my office where I study. Read More