It’s often said that open communication is the key to a long-lasting relationship. I’m not sure how you’d classify this one, but tonight Laura and I communicated via email to plan our May 3 weekend. That’s not so strange except that I was on the third floor in my home office, while she was on the first floor in our sun room. The email thread went on for several cycles as if we were far apart — like on opposite coasts. There’s an implicit distance that comes with email, and it’s especially noticeable when email communication takes place with blood relatives in your own home, live.