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The one thing that I’ve always found wonderful about love is the many ways it can be expressed. This week, the writer Erinne Magee shares how she abandoned labels like “boyfriend” and “partner” in her relationship, along with the idea of marriage, preferring instead to define her union by a spiritual connection and unspoken vows.
The loss of a loved one can put a strain on small talk. In this week’s Modern Love essay, writer Laura Zigman shares how the death of her sister and estrangement from her husband’s daughter leads to complicated family math: Do you stop counting someone once they’re gone or keep counting them forever?
And, if you’re wondering if you should break up with your significant other, you’ll want to read this.
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