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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
Exploring the Places That Live in our Memories
2 years 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
2 years 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

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

5 Autumn Rituals to Celebrate the Changing of the Seasons (Plus, My Apple Butter Recipe)
2 years ago

5 Autumn Rituals to Celebrate the Changing of the Seasons (Plus, My Apple Butter Recipe)

I love the changing of the seasons. Don’t you? This time of year I get to pull out my flannel shirts and thick socks, which after a summer of bare shoulders and toes feels cozy and warm. Read More

Let’s Get Personal! 6 Reasons Hand-Written Thank You Cards Rock
2 years ago

Let’s Get Personal! 6 Reasons Hand-Written Thank You Cards Rock

We’ve forgotten some of the gentler social niceties in our quick, digital world. Before there was Facebook, we actually told people Happy Birthday to their faces, or we sent them a card. Read More

10 Ways to Reduce Stress From a Political News Junkie
2 years ago

10 Ways to Reduce Stress From a Political News Junkie

OK, I did it to myself. I am kind of a news junkie. I like politics and I keep up on current events. Now I am going on a diet – a news diet – because this election season is stickier than pine pitch on a dog. Read More

5 Life Changing Books that Helped Me to Find Authenticity, Gratitude and Meaning
2 years ago

5 Life Changing Books that Helped Me to Find Authenticity, Gratitude and Meaning

Books teach us about who and how we are in the world. They speak to our loftiest ideals and our darkest shadows. Books reveal humanity’s path. Read More

Why I’m Happy My Writing Group Critiques My Work
2 years ago

Why I’m Happy My Writing Group Critiques My Work

A lot of the good writing teachers don’t recommend participating in writing critique groups. The ones who do, often offer a list of rules about being in such a group. Read More

How to Use Your Daily Life to Inspire Your Creative Writing
3 years ago

How to Use Your Daily Life to Inspire Your Creative Writing

In my previous articles, I’ve shared how you can create a writing life in your sixties and beyond. My intention now is to inspire you by providing some starting points for deciding what to write. Read More