- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 3, 2001

Books

"Keeping Your Family Close: When Frequent Travel Pulls You Apart, " by Elizabeth M. Hoekstra, Crossway Books, 1998. The author shares ideas to help families stay connected and close.

• "The Business Traveling Parent: How to Stay Close to Your Kids When You're Far Away, " by Dan Verdick, Robins Lane Press, 2000. This veteran business traveler shares more than 100 simple activities and games for traveling parents to do before they leave, while they're gone and after they have come home to help children deal with the absence.

• "On the Road Again: Travel, Love, and Marriage, " by William Hendricks and Jim Cote, Fleming H. Revell Co., 1998. This book focuses more on the marriage relationship and how it is affected by a traveling spouse.

Associations

Loved Ones and Drivers Support, PO Box 544, Plover, Wis. 54467-0544. Web: www.loads.org. This international organization, started by truck drivers' families to help other families, offers emotional help and connections for families of truck drivers who experience loneliness or isolation. The organization's Web site features articles on maintaining long-distance relationships and also has a message board for families who want to post messages.

On line

Sharon Board, a trucking enthusiast in Arkansas whose son and former husband are involved in the industry, has a comprehensive Web site (https://sharonb.hypermart.net/trucks.htm) with message boards and links to other truck-driver home pages.

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