After many hours of research and testing I've distilled an earlier posted problem down to this:
I need to display a particular category in reverse order (ASC instead of the default DESC) and have it paginated. While the normal display of posts in descending order (newest first) paginates fine (with next/prev nav links) and the nav links work fine, when the order of posts is reversed to ASC (chronological order) the nav links do NOT work - they instead just display the same [first page] of posts over and over even though WP thinks it is going to page 2, page 3, etc.
The extra twist to this is that I need to also be able to display that same category in the normal default order as well, so that I would have TWO menu links, one for Category A in [normal] DESCending order and one for Category A in [reverse] ASCending order, both with working pagination.
I have been unable to do this - the best I can do is display the category in reverse order on one very long page - because the pagination won't work.
If you want to see the original post to see what I've done already, read this.
I really need help and would be grateful if anyone can figure this out.....