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 weeks 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 months 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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4 months 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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4 months 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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5 months ago

Style Over 60: When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Cool Old Lady

Recently, I was looking at old pictures with my friend Susan. We have been friends since college and I mentioned when looking at old photos that I looked better than I remembered. “Yes, me too,” said Susan. “I was pretty cute back then. Why didn’t I think so at the time?”

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5 months ago

How Do You Maintain Your Appearance and a Positive Body Image as You Age?

Recently, I learned a new term, “appearance investment.” My friend shared this article from Psychology Today, “Can Appearance Investment Contribute to Positive Body Image?” Appearance investment is a term used by psychologists…

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6 months ago

Showing Gratitude to Essential Workers

This week is the second anniversary of the California Covid 19 shelter-in-place order. What comes to your mind as you reflect on the pandemic over the last two years? How was your life impacted? What were the experiences of your family and friends?

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7 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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8 months ago

Learning to Find Beauty Around Us

It is so easy to forget the beauty that surrounds us in our lives – no matter who we are or where we live. Of course, that does not wipe out sadness or misfortune, but beauty can uplift us even in the darkest moments. It also can remind us to feel…

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10 months ago

Letting Go and the Art of Parenting Adult Children

While I am hoping to be a grandma one day soon, holding baby Ezra made me think about the stages of being a parent. I realized that parenting adult children is actually another stage. So I did what any modern parent does, I googled it. Where’s the Advice for Parents of Adult Children?

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