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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
Don’t Miss Out on the Gift of Grandparenting
13 hours ago

Don’t Miss Out on the Gift of Grandparenting

I call grandparenting a gift because after years of raising a child, now you have another chance to experience the magic of a baby’s first smile, watching them rolling over, and experiencing all the various stages and steps…
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Covid-19 Phase Two: What Do We Do Now?
1 month ago

Covid-19 Phase Two: What Do We Do Now?

A couple of days ago I was at the computer when I heard a knock at the window. I looked out and saw it was my daughter, her partner, and my three month old grandson, Anteo, at the door surprising us. The three had driven up…
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Tough Career Ending? Bounce Back and Get Ready for Retirement!
2 months ago

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

I am not the only person I know in my sixties 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 for years as a successful paramedic and was then given the worst shifts in attempts to squeeze him out. Read More

Embrace the 5 Love Languages and Stop Taking Things for Granted in Your 60s
4 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

What Can We Do to Help: Virtual Volunteering in Quarantine
4 months ago

What Can We Do to Help: Virtual Volunteering in Quarantine

From my “virtual headquarters” at home in California, I’ve been in touch with friends around the world from: England, India, Nicaragua, Israel, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Germany, and across the US…
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Grief and Loss in the Time of Coronavirus
4 months ago

Grief and Loss in the Time of Coronavirus

“Embrace your grief, for there your soul will grow.” – Carl Jung. “We all grieve in different ways. Mine is probably different from most people,” my sister explained her need for privacy to the Rabbi after our father died…
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How to Stay Busy and Useful, While Sheltering in Place During Coronavirus Quarantine
5 months ago

How to Stay Busy and Useful, While Sheltering in Place During Coronavirus Quarantine

Several counties in the San Francisco Bay Area have already announced a mandatory shelter-in-place requirement. They said all non-essential businesses would have to be closed…
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7 Things You Can Do When Experiencing Moments of Vulnerability and Anxiety
5 months 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…
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7 Ideas for Preserving Your Family History
7 months ago

7 Ideas for Preserving Your Family History

One year ago, a 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

Put Your Talents Back to Work After 60 and Beyond
8 months ago

Put Your Talents Back to Work After 60 and Beyond

People transition into retirement in different ways. Some, like professors and therapists, can gradually cut back on their workload. Others enjoy their retirement party and then choose not to have anything to do with their previous career…
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