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I was always close to my dad. He was a quiet, gentle man who kept to himself and never raised his voice. He loved his music, and was very much the clean freak. I can still see him washing his car. He loved that thing, and took care of it like a family member. It had mats on the mats, and every exposed inch was covered. You could have eaten off the floor. It looked as new the day he sold it as the day he bought it. One of my favourite memories was sneaking into my parents’ room when they were…

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In the early days of my relationship with my then-boyfriend, I didn't see him that often because he was a first-class chef on a well-known cruise ship. I'd have to wait for the ship to return from its destination and then my boyfriend would usually have a few days of shore leave. I always looked forward to him coming back, but I was also excited to see the ship when it returned since we'd met on board when I took a transatlantic crossing to the UK after I graduated from university. On one…

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