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    An Ode to Siblings

    National siblings day is April 10, and usually I don’t pay it much attention. However, with everything going on in the world and in my life at the moment, I have never been more thankful for my siblings. They know me better than I know myself, they know how I grew up, and they can commiserate with me about my parents quirks and family stories. They know what makes me laugh and what makes me mad (and exploit both). It is so funny to think how our relationships with our siblings can change over the years – from elementary school squabbles, to teenage drama, to suddenly in university finding myself…

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    Long Distance Relationships

    Long. Distance. Relationship. Possibly the most dreaded combination of words in the English language. All joking aside, there is a reason “long distance” has a reputation. Long distance relationships (LDRs) can be challenging. We have all heard stories of LDRs not working out (although I would argue an awful lot of non-long-distance relationships also don’t work out). On the flip side, people who do make an LDR work eventually reunite and often the long-distance part is not brought up. I bet if you asked 10 couples if they were ever long distance, a lot more than you think would say yes.  How did I end up in a long-distance relationship?…