Mantra solved a lot of the issues I was facing! But…
The excerpts that appear on my home page do not appear correctly. For instance, one post is a poem. It looks ok when one clicks “Continue Reading” but on the home page several stanzas are all presented as one paragraph (if that description makes sense…if not it is https://gyst4life.com/)
Other posts are also presented incorrectly on the home page, in that paragraphs are combined into one until the 50 word excerpt limit is reached?
Automatically-generated excerpts don’t include any of the original formatting, so for a poem type of text that would turn everything into a single blog of text. Using manual excerpts or applying a post format (since these don’t display excerpts at all) is a solution I would suggest in this case.