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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
4 Real Qualities That Can Make Us Beautiful in Our Own Aged Eyes
1 month 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
3 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?
3 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
3 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
6 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

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

4 Qualities That Help You to Embrace Aging
8 months ago

4 Qualities That Help You to Embrace Aging

Aging. It’s happening and it’s weird. Some days I am relaxed in the process of it. Other days I am Don Friggin’ Quixote, battling the windmills with Pilates classes, hiking, and an overabundance of green salads and coconut water. Read More

Love to Read? Why the Newest Best Thing Is Actually an Old Best Thing
9 months ago

Love to Read? Why the Newest Best Thing Is Actually an Old Best Thing

The television screen shows a young couple, strolling down a city street, holding hands. When they arrive at the steps of the woman’s brownstone, the man hesitates as if he wants to move in for a kiss. Read More

5 Breakfast Ideas That Will Energize Your Day
10 months ago

5 Breakfast Ideas That Will Energize Your Day

The biggest chemical reaction that your body experiences in a day is from the food that you put into it. Therefore, quality counts. And so does the very first thing that you eat each day. Read More

6 Life Adjustments for a Purposeful Older Age
10 months ago

6 Life Adjustments for a Purposeful Older Age

Life recedes as we age. At first, you don’t realize it. One day you’re 40 and at the top of your game, and then 20 years have sped by. Suddenly, you wake up and it’s a young people’s world. Read More