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Becki Cohn-Vargas, Ed.D, has been blogging regularly for Sixty and Me since 2015. She is a retired educator and independent consultant. She's the co-author of three books on identity safe schools where students of all backgrounds flourish. Becki and her husband live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three adult children and one grandchild. You can connect with her at the links below.

Latest Posts By Becki Cohn-Vargas

4 months ago

Do Not Fear the Autumn of Your Life

What do you like about autumn? I have recently realized that autumn is one of the best seasons of the year. The weather is still warm… even as the cold begins to creep in. The leaves change color. Near my house there are spectacular…

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8 months ago

When I Go: Burial Options from Near and Far

One of the songs I have always loved is When I Go by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar, written two years before Dave’s untimely death at age 49. We all have different beliefs about what happens after we die. We also have different ideas…

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10 months ago

Turning 70 and a Few Thoughts About Ageism

My house is on a hillside near the entrance to Wildcat Canyon Park, a beautiful regional park that stretches for miles. I love walking to the park and climbing what we call the ridges. On a clear day, you can reach what you think is the top…

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1 year 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…

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1 year ago

Life After 60 May Just Be the Most Productive – It’s All About Perfect Timing

“Happiness climbs high early in adulthood but begins to slide downward in the late thirties and early forties, dipping to a low in the fifties. But we recover quickly from this slump…”

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1 year 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?

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1 year ago

Surprising Life Lessons from Kindergarten and My Marriage

Not so long ago, my husband and I both turned 64. We got cards for each other with the iconic Beatles song that said, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?” I could not help but reflect on how we both survived and keep surviving even to this day, a number of years later.

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2 years ago

Reflecting on Women’s Rights in 2022

Do you remember a television ad that said, “You’ve come a long way, baby?” It was an ad in the 70s for Virginia Slim cigarettes, and the jingle continues, “You’ve got your own cigarette now, baby, you’ve come a long way…

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2 years ago

Tough Career Ending? Bounce Back and Get Ready for Retirement!

I am not the only person I know in my 60s who had a bad work experience at the end of their career. One friend was in his hospital bed after cancer surgery when his boss told him he was being forced to retire. Another friend worked…

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2 years ago

Jane Goodall’s Five Reasons for Hope and One More from Me

Some days I want to cry out in the words of the 1960s Broadway play Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. The overwhelming problems that face humanity sometimes seem too big to handle. Recently, I needed an extra dose of inspiration…

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