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Driving is still something that helps me gather my thoughts. So rather than fly to Chicago for a barbecue at my parent’s house, I decide to drive. I halfheartedly ask Heidi if she wants to ride along, but she declines, saying that she needs a day off. My parents visited us a month ago, so they won’t be miffed.

It’s Saturday, and I am relieved to be free from pressure both at work and at home. I’m grateful for the way dad and I can communicate. Not a man of many words, he is fine if he doesn’t hear from me for weeks at a time, because he figures ...

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