Main Column Paragraph Breaks

On the main column (main-column.php) on the home page, the post doesn't honor paragraph breaks, which makes it look like one big paragraph. I'm a professional author (published five books) and it's important that I have these paragraph breaks. Also, is there a way to add a photo from that same blog post to show with the text and honoring the alignment from the original post? Please keep in mind, I'm no coder, but this is looking really great if I can get those para breaks. Thanks, rg.