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About Becki Cohn-Vargas

Becki Cohn-Vargas, Ed.D works as an independent consultant to schools and organizations with over 35 years as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and superintendent in public education in California http://beckicohnvargas.com. She developed a standards-based bullying and intolerance prevention curriculum and has worked to create accepting and inclusive climates in over 150 schools and colleges across the US. With Dr. Dorothy Steele, she co-authored the book, Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn. Becki and her husband, Cohn-Vargas, are also working to develop an environmental research center on their private reserve in the Nicaraguan rain forest http://makenguereserve.com. They live in El Sobrante, California, and have three adult children living in the Bay Area.
Latest Posts | By Becki Cohn-Vargas
Learning a New Language: A Researched Method to Prevent Dementia
3 days ago

Learning a New Language: A Researched Method to Prevent Dementia

Sometimes, I find myself doing something and then discover that all around me, friends are doing a similar thing. It was like that with eating Brussel sprouts… Read More

7 Things You Can Do When Experiencing Moments of Vulnerability and Anxiety
1 month ago

7 Things You Can Do When Experiencing Moments of Vulnerability and Anxiety

Recently, a friend told me about feeling increased anxiety. She had had a kidney transplant over 20 years ago, but, now in her 60s, she finds herself getting very upset with any new physical symptom. Read More

7 Ideas for Preserving Your Family History
2 months ago

7 Ideas for Preserving Your Family History

One year ago, an historian from a museum in Lueneburg, Germany, contacted me. “Are you the great granddaughter of Robert Heinemann?” she asked.

They were looking for descendants of Robert’s father, my great, great grandfather, Marcus Heinemann, who had been a leading Jewish citizen in Lueneburg many years before Hitler. Read More

The Magic of Shine in Our 60s, or How Comparing Ourselves to Others Can Actually Ruin Our Lives
2 months ago

The Magic of Shine in Our 60s, or How Comparing Ourselves to Others Can Actually Ruin Our Lives

A few years ago, in 2011, I saw Rita Moreno in her one-woman theatre piece, Rita Moreno: Life without Makeup. She was spectacular – singing, and dancing. She was in her early 80s. Read More

Embrace the 5 Love Languages and Stop Taking Things for Granted in Your 60s
3 months ago

Embrace the 5 Love Languages and Stop Taking Things for Granted in Your 60s

It is so easy to take things for granted – the ground under our feet, waking up in the morning to a new day and, far too often, our relationships. It is so easy to be critical or to notice what is missing or makes us crazy about our partner, parents, children, friends or coworkers. Read More

Sleeping Well After 60: Dos and Don’ts Backed by the Latest Sleep Research
3 months ago

Sleeping Well After 60: Dos and Don’ts Backed by the Latest Sleep Research

How did you sleep last night? I was up at 3:30 a.m. and found myself finishing Why We Sleep by neuro-scientist and sleep researcher, Matthew Walker. Read More

You Can Still Do it! 7 Travel Tips for Older Women Who Aren’t Feeling Their Healthiest
4 months ago

You Can Still Do it! 7 Travel Tips for Older Women Who Aren’t Feeling Their Healthiest

Travel has been an important part of my life. I have lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, and Latin America starting in my 20s until now. Travel makes the world come alive. I love meeting people, making friends, and learning about the different cultures. Read More

Writing a Mini-Memoir: Sharing Your Abundant Life with the Future Generation
5 months ago

Writing a Mini-Memoir: Sharing Your Abundant Life with the Future Generation

Do you want to write a memoir, but never find the time for such a big project? Or, are you not really used to writing? Do you grapple with the issue of not wanting to ruin any of your relationships, even after you are no longer alive? Read More

5 Tips for Handing Social Situations and Interacting with Other People
7 months ago

5 Tips for Handing Social Situations and Interacting with Other People

Have you noticed that sometimes, when we are talking to a friend or family member, they suddenly get defensive? In such situations, we often wonder what we might have said to offend them. Read More

The Next Stage of My Cancer Journey – Chemo Done but Now What?
8 months ago

The Next Stage of My Cancer Journey – Chemo Done but Now What?

I received this email the other day from a friend who is five years past her cancer experience.

“I’ve been thinking of you as you move in to the next stage of your cancer journey. I remember having very mixed feelings at each stage – I was somewhat worried/scared as the treatments lessened.” Read More