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A Delightful Little Book on Aging

All around us, older women flourish in industry, entertainment, and politics. Do they know something that we don’t, or are we all just trying to figure it out? 

For so many of us, our hearts and minds still feel that we are 20-something young women who can take on the world. But in our bodies, the flexibility and strength that were once taken for granted are far from how we remember them. Every day, we have to rise above the creaky joints and achy knees to earn the opportunity of moving through the world with a modicum of grace. 

Yet we do rise, because it’s a privilege to grow old, and every single day is a gift. Peter Pan’s mantra was “never grow up”; our collective mantra should be “never stop growing”. 

This collection of user-friendly stories, essays, and philosophies invites listeners to celebrate whatever age they are with a sense of joy and purpose and with a spirit of gratitude.

©2019 Stephanie Raffelock (P)2020 Stephanie Raffelock

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  • Hall Ways
  • 21-07-20

Raffelock gives readers laugh and a fresh outlook

HALL WAYS REVIEW: AUDIO BOOK / PRINT COMBO. Love, love, LOVE this little book that packs a big punch by putting aging into a positive, but realistic and new perspective. Stephanie Raffelock is both an excellent writer and narrator, and her book, A DELIGHTFUL LITTLE BOOK ON AGING, is just that. DE-LIGHT-FUL! I went into reading it with the expectation that many of the messages would be ones I already have heard -- been there, done that, you know, since I am several years past the 50 mark. Two pages into the prologue, I was already giggling and flagging quotes. Raffelock gets it and has plenty of pieces of advice that were new, but also a few already known and just in need of reinforcement.

Is this book inspirational? Absolutely. But Raffelock is no Pollyanna. When she said, "I'd like to kick the whole "positive only" movement in its little ass," I knew I had found one of my tribe. She reminds us that not only is it unrealistic, but it's unnatural to always be positive. To be authentic is to allow some transparency and acknowledge all the feelings: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

<b>“I learned quickly that I had to choose carefully what I invested in because I cannot do it all.”</b>

Raffelock's words and experiences are thought provoking and readers need to let them soak in before moving on to the next section. Hearing her narrate her own stories and share her observations made them even more powerful. She is believable and lovable, and my guess is she is like Velcro in attracting friends. I know I want to sit around and shoot the bull with her.

A DELIGHTFUL LITTLE BOOK ON AGING is best consumed in delicious chunks to be savored and mulled over; the audio is the same. There's too much good information to listen straight through (though I did – you kinda can’t help it). But I will be revisiting both book and audio, a little at a time, for a quick fix when I need it. Raffelock reminds us of the perks that are easily overlooked when we are caught up with the numbers -- and she's good for a giggle.

I HIGHLY recommend A DELIGHTFUL LITTLE BOOK ON AGING for women in their mid-forties and older who are looking for laughs and a fresh outlook on aging.