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Ellen Wood

Ellen Wood

Ellen Wood, born in 1936, is a prizewinning author, columnist and former management executive. After her youngest child began school, Ellen started an in-house ad agency and won 16 awards for annual report and advertising excellence, including 4 national awards. Five years after her mother died of Alzheimer’s, Ellen experienced early symptoms (she has the gene, APO-e4). At 68 she developed a program of mind/body/spirit techniques that proved so successful, she wrote and published “Think and Grow Young,” followed by “Joy! Joy! Joy!” (now retitled “The Secret Method for Growing Younger,” Volumes 1 and 2) and gave inspirational speeches. Since 2018 Ellen has been the ad agency for NorthStar Tire and Auto in Questa, NM. Ellen started painting in November of 2020, having dabbled at it in her 20s, and gave herself a new name: Maruška, her father’s middle name. She is overjoyed to be part of a big, loving, kindhearted family. You can find her paintings at www.northernnewmexicoartists.com/ellen-wood
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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: December 2022

Byzantine Christmas When I was growing up, our family celebrated two Christmases each year: one on December 25 and the other on January 7, which is Greek/Byzantine Christmas. See my

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: November 2022

Magic Words Make Life Better November is the month when winter gets serious, delighting skiers and little kids. It’s the time to put the thick, grooved, grab-the-road tires on my

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: October 2022

You Can’t Live Without It Without what? Water! You can’t survive for more than three days without water. And when you drink a sufficient amount of pure water every day

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: September 2022

KALL 911! It’s not always obvious that someone has suffered a stroke but knowing how to detect a stroke and getting help immediately can prevent death or disabling damage. Earlier

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: August 2022

Is your life delightful? Do you enjoy getting out of bed in the morning? Yes? Aha! It must be because you have some aspects of deep creativity you’re expressing. If

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: July 2022

At 85,I vividly remember that day It’s a Saturday afternoon in July 1986. I’m at home in High Bridge, New Jersey and it’s hot. Hot and sticky—and the lazy fan

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I Am A Proud Mama!

As I mentioned in this month’s LIVE LOVE LAUGH, my big, prolific family is full of geniuses. I’m so proud of all my kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids for their accomplishments,

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: June 2022

A Most Unusual Wedding June is wedding month, so in this issue, I’m sharing childhood memories of our family weddings. I really enjoyed those celebrations—and there were many! My mother

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: May 2022

The Greatest Fear of Getting Older What is it we fear most about aging? It’s not wrinkles or sagging skin, not loneliness, not joint aches and pains—it’s loss of cognition

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: April 2021

I can’t pronounce it but I sure can remember it. On Easter Sunday we usually greet someone by saying: Happy Easter! And the person usually responds: Happy Easter! Well, when

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: March 2021

Try a Little Tenderness Are you your biggest critic? I sometimes am—I’m always looking for perfection. But I have a trick up my sleeve for changing my perspective: I try

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: February 2021

My number one goal for 2022 is to not die. I love my life and since it’s already February, that gives me eleven months of chances to stay healthy and

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: January 2021

I’ll never forget the first time I heard my mother say to my father, “Nick, I’m in love with another man.” Mom was sitting on the glider on our front

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: December 2021

Christmas Traditions at My House Many of us have holiday traditions that have been passed down for generations. I love how we can also incorporate new traditions to add to

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: November 2021

“If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.” —Ram Dass Believe me—Ram Dass, spiritual teacher and author of Be Here Now—knew what he was talking about

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: October2021

If there’s no cancer in your family, should you get a mammogram? “Just a waste of my time,” I remember thinking while waiting my turn for a mammogram at the

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: September 2021

We are NOT pre-programmed to deteriorate as we age Science is now revealing new, exciting details about our bodies and our minds—about how our bodies change and why. Scientists and

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: August 2021

Live fast—die old! Society tells us: you grow up and get a job, you buy stuff, and then you die. No! It doesn’t need to be that way. What’s missing

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LIVE LAUGH LOVE: July 2021

“Oops. I’m having a senior moment.” I hear it all the time. A friend is telling me something, and before she finishes, there’s a pause. She might clear her throat