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When family members are apart, particularly when separated long term, there are days when a mere phone call won’t do, writes Katie Doherty in Family.

For Kashmere Farmer and her husband, Atarius, newlywed airmen who have stuck together through his-and-hers deployments to Qatar, nothing seals and reseals their bond like face-to-face contact, even if it’s filtered through the screen of a computer or mobile device.

After an engagement maintained largely through video chatting, their married days are punctuated by text messages to catch up, quick phone calls to coordinate a FaceTime or Skype video-chat session, lunchtime FaceTime confabs and post-workday video chats.

See Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more about using modern technology to keep close to loved ones who are far away.

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