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Decades: Libby, Age 84

Libby worked as a speech therapist in the public schools for 38 years. During that time, she spent two years teaching at a military base in Germany. Although she never had any of her own, she absolutely loves kids.     1. Think of a specific time you felt joy....

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Decades: Zeynep, Age 70

At seventy years old, Zeynep Aytaç is a mother, grandmother, and cat lover who lives in Istanbul. She was interviewed by her 14-year-old granddaughter, Selin, who recorded and translated her grandmother’s answers.   1. Think of a specific time you felt joy. What was going on, and why were you...

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Decades: Smokey, Age 67

Smokey is a retired registered nurse who spent most of his career helping children and teens with mental health and chemical abuse issues. Retirement has freed him to restore cars, play with electronics, and attack projects long neglected.     1. Think of a specific time you felt joy. What was...

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Decades: Andus, Age 57

Andus is a cultural anthropologist who, after living in Turkey for sixteen years, has returned to his native Germany, where he is restoring an old half-timber house and watchtower in the city walls of Michelstadt.     Think of a specific time you felt joy. What was going on, and...

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Decades: Koji, Age 46

Born in Japan, Koji lives in New York City and manages copyrights for one of the largest musical theater catalogs in the world. 1. Think of a specific time you felt joy. What was going on, and why were you so happy in that moment? When I got out of...

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Decades: Marta, Age 37

Marta is a mother and writer living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.     Think of a specific time you felt joy. What was going on, and why were you so happy in that moment? This gets me back seven years, to the day I got the news the script I...

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Decades: Anna, Age 25

Anna lives in Colorado, where she teaches kindergarten.     1. Think of a specific time you felt joy. What was going on, and why were you so happy in that moment? I get that warm, fuzzy feeling of joy frequently. As a kindergarten teacher, my students say and do...

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Decades: Milo & Cyrus, on the Cusp of 15

In the ninth grade, Cyrus and Milo are twins who live in Massachusetts.       1. Think of a specific time you felt joy. What was going on, and why were you so happy in that moment? This spring I was in a musical for my school, and I...

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Decades: Emma, Age 10

For the next few weeks, I’ll be running a series of blog posts, each one featuring a representative from a different decade of life. Each subject will respond to the same five questions. As readers, we get to consider in which ways the answers differ due to age and in...

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Locker Wars

I walk into the locker room at the Y, glad that the hour for reading Us Weekly while fiddling with the controls of a Stairmaster is upon me. How lucky a gal am I, I muse, to be able to bring my toys to a place where I pay money to...

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