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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
A Dog Is a Senior’s Best Friend
2 weeks ago

A Dog Is a Senior’s Best Friend

Our American bulldog, Mango died of cancer this week. In my moments of grief, I am writing this blog to honor her memory. Mango came into my life nine years ago when I was retired after my son had adopted her as a puppy and realized he could not keep…
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New Technology Can Be Our Friend – If Used Wisely
2 months ago

New Technology Can Be Our Friend – If Used Wisely

I confess, I sometimes resist new technology. Like the Alexa app. I’ve insisted that I can get up and turn on my own lights. I remember first learning that personal computers could be used for shopping. “Why would I need one of those?”
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Enjoying the Numerous Signs of Spring and Their Meaning
2 months ago

Enjoying the Numerous Signs of Spring and Their Meaning

When I taught third grade, I asked my students to explain the meaning of the phrase, “Signs of spring are all around.” One English learner thought it meant there were little wooden signs that said, “Spring is here.” I found myself thinking…
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The Best Medicine of All Time: Laughter
3 months ago

The Best Medicine of All Time: Laughter

When did you have your last good laugh? As we leave 2020 behind with all its tribulations, let’s ring in the new year with a bit of laughter. For all cultures, laughing has been a way to make it through hard times. Last March, Sixty and Me published…
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Sleeping Well After 60: Dos and Don’ts Backed by the Latest Sleep Research
4 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. I had always been a good sleeper. That is, until I hit my 60s…
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The Joy of Homemade Gifts and Cards
5 months ago

The Joy of Homemade Gifts and Cards

As the pandemic surges and we are faced with extended hours of isolation from friends and family, where holiday travel is limited, and a general mood of stress is heightened, we rely on other forms of communication…
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Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole: Resisting Conspiracy Theories
6 months ago

Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole: Resisting Conspiracy Theories

When I woke up at 8 am on my 68th birthday, I was confused to see that it was still dark. In a day unlike any other in my life, daylight never came. The sky remained dark with a purplish red hue. Cars drove with headlamps lit…
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Do Not Fear the Autumn of Your Life
7 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 walnut trees that turn glorious colors of red, and yellow and gold. But, I am not here to talk about the trees… I am here to talk about our lives after 60. Read More

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Your Mind Takes Extra Work After 60
7 months ago

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Your Mind Takes Extra Work After 60

Funny thing. I have wanted to write this blog for several months and couldn’t seem to get started. No surprise, it is about facing something in ourselves, limitations that stop us from doing what we most want to do. The metaphor of a glass ceiling is quite apropos. Read More

Identity Safety After 60: Fighting Aging Stereotypes and Starting Conversations
7 months ago

Identity Safety After 60: Fighting Aging Stereotypes and Starting Conversations

When you hear the term “identity safety,” what do you think? In a casual conversation at the bank, I told a man that my dissertation was on the topic of identity safety. “Oh” he replied “I work on that too, I am in the security industry, fighting identity theft.” Read More