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Faces of Nicaragua

As a family who doesn’t draw energy from the holidays but twirls with hands to the sky at the notion of taking a trip, the choice was easy: we flew to Nicaragua for Christmas and New Year’s. So far, we’ve eaten plantain chips and yucca; tried the famous seven-year rum;...

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Decades: Don, Age 90

Don was in education for 40+ years, as a high school teacher, principal, and college professor. However, his education experience began in a one room rural elementary school, with no electricity and no running water!  He is a native Minnesotan who lives in St. Cloud.     Think of a...

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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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