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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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Dump It

She changed me. Her name is Keri, and although she started out as a student in a few of my classes, she ended up becoming a friend for life, someone whose innate light defeated the chilling darkness of her early years. Keri was treated as harshly as a person can be. Yet...

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I’m Glad That’s Over

Sometimes I get ranty on my students. This happens, in particular, when they kvetch about having to take classes that are “stupid” because some courses “don’t have anything to do with what I’m going into.” Of course, were these students expressing their frustrations at the keyboard, that sentiment would read “tehy are...

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The Maps Within Us

My head is muzzy, and I am out of sorts. I stayed up too late, lost in a compelling book, and then woke up too early, my brain–still full of images from the book–unable to rest. My head hurts; my body is empty of energy. I have class in an hour. The idea...

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