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Ellie Knaus
Ellie Knaus writes about resilience and her neurotic attempts at mindfulness. Ellie’s posts about her great-aunt Ida—a centenarian whose mantra is “Go with the flow or to hell with it”—have been especially popular. Learn more about Ellie's work at

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Entries by Ellie Knaus

Wise Podcast Words for Mamas

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 8:45 AM

I am so fortunate to chat with my cohost Bianca Kajlich and our insightful guests every Wednesday on our Atomic Moms podcast. We've been hearing a lot about the Mommy Wars, and we'd like to offer asylum. Atomic Moms is a no shame zone. We share all kinds...

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5 Essential Mom Mantras

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:08 PM

New mom and actress Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement/ Undateable) and I have started a mother-loving revolution! Okay. We've started a weekly podcast called ATOMIC MOMS... and we're hoping it'll spark a revolution. We explore all aspects of motherhood. Celebrity guests share personal stories, and top experts give...

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Never Meet Your Hero Unless It's Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 2:46 AM

The old saying goes: You should never meet your heroes. Why? Because they couldn't possibly live up to your expectations. That is unless your hero is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. contributor (and my wildly enthusiastic friend) Nick Mundy sat down with his idol at the Hercules press...

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102 Years Wise: Advice From a Centenarian

(9) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 1:31 PM

Over the weekend we celebrated my great-aunt Ida's 102nd birthday. "I can't believe it. Somebody got the arithmetic wrong," she teased, and then asked for extra cake frosting. My grandfather's eldest sister has had a century of hardship, including the loss of her infant son and husband of 60 years....

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Unplug to Recharge! My Week Without Internet

(24) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 12:28 AM

Read my first two posts in this series:
"Signing Up to Face My Fear: Seven Days of Silence" and "Winning the Quiet Game With My Mind."

Per the rules of the weeklong silent meditation retreat, talking wasn't the only thing we'd agreed to give...

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Winning the Quiet Game With My Mind: Seven Days of Silence

(8) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 12:08 AM

Catch up on Ellie Knaus' first post in this series here: "Signing Up to Face My Fear: Seven Days of Silence."

I'm tired of chasing the happiness mirage, the oasis of contentment that always seems to be just out of reach. I thought that if I accomplished something...

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Signing Up to Face My Fear: Seven Days of Silence

(11) Comments | Posted August 26, 2012 | 11:00 AM

This is Ellie Knaus' first post in her meditation retreat series.

I've grasped for approval my whole life. It started in elementary school, when I felt certain that gold stars, blue ribbons, and auditoriums full of clapping strangers could fill me up, make me whole. There were benefits to being...

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The Best Cancer-Fighting Salad Ever! (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 8:05 AM

2012-06-07-pacehuffpo2.jpgAfter a recent health scare, I'm taking better care of myself. And since 80 percent of the immune system is in our gut, I'm adopting a clean diet. Goodbye preservatives. Sayonara artificial flavoring. Hasta la vista fluorescent margarita mix. But...

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Why We Sweat the Small Stuff

(16) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 9:40 AM

Hi, my name is Ellie, and I sweat the small stuff. Sure, I got the bestselling book as a stocking stuffer back in the '90s, but when I have issues I don't want to acknowledge, I resort to my chosen form of denial. Plato writes, "Be kind, for everyone you...

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More Surprising Advice From A Centenarian: Go With The Flow

(215) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 12:12 PM

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I approached the hostess in a popular delicatessen. "I'm here with my great-aunt, Ida. She's turning 101 years old next month!" I was hoping for some centenarian special treatment, but the hostess cheerfully added us to the bottom of the wait list. I wove my...

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Conversation With Oscar-Winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 5:27 PM

2012-03-05-savingface.jpgDocumentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a warrior for truth. Her courageous work gives voice to those marginalized by society. She accepted an international Emmy award in 2010 for her documentary Pakistan's Taliban Generation, which analyzes the Taliban's recruitment of young boys and their...

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This Is Only the Beginning: Surprising Advice From a Centenarian

(38) Comments | Posted January 28, 2012 | 8:10 AM


My great-aunt Ida loves to say, "This is only the beginning." Gearing up for her 101st birthday this May, Ida thrives on a daily Coca-Cola, full-bellied laughter, and an abundance of nourishing memories. Ida is remarkable not only for how...

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Doctors Saved My Leg, But Girlfriends Saved My Spirit

(8) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 5:02 PM

Girlfriends are essential. They love you not for who you were, or who you could become, but for who you are right now. This past spring, I was diagnosed with a benign, massive, bone-dissolving Giant Cell Tumor. The year 2011 could have sucked. It didn't because I have girlfriends.

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