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 or Tweet her @Sraffelock.

Latest Posts By Stephanie Raffelock

2 days 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. As the weather cools down, I delight in the autumn rituals…

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2 weeks ago

Think You’re Not Creative? Think Again!

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. Every woman is creative. There is always something that she is doing that is steeped in creative process…

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3 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…

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4 months ago

3 Powerful Ways to Write Your Life Story

If I were to title this decade of my sixties, I would call it Reclamation. These years continue to reveal themselves as a time of taking to heart the things I thought I lost, or broken. As I’ve gathered these things to me I’ve come to find that nothing…

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8 months ago

Exploring the Places That Live in our Memories

Sometimes there are things that we don’t even notice are gone. And other times, we see the translucent outline of what once was, because of the history it embodies, because of the story it keeps alive in us. The past informs who we are…

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9 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. Eating a healthy breakfast does two things…

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1 year 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

2 years 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 everything that’s going on in the world, a friendship that ended, some good old-fashioned family drama, a sense of feeling misunderstood…

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2 years ago

Do You Feel Too Old to Follow Your Bliss?

A friend asked me a question the other day: “This writing thing of yours; is it a hobby or do you see it as a profession?”

Even after I’d given him my answer, I chewed on the question for a while. It didn’t really matter what my answer was – encore career or a hobby. For me, the more important truth was this:

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2 years 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…

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