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Gone Again | Willow Anderson on the shifting of patterns

Having a partner away for a period of time is a common part of Newfoundland and Labrador's commute culture. Willow Anderson understands that well, from both a professional and personal perspective.
Willow Anderson talks about the shifting of patterns that goes on in a family when one person works away 3:28

Having a partner away for a period of time is a common part of Newfoundland and Labrador's commute culture. Learning how to shift in and out of a lifestyle where one person is gone and then returns takes patience from each partner as well as their families and friends. 

 An instructor in Memorial University's Communication Studies program, Willow Anderson understands the Gone Again culture from both a personal and a professional perspective.

Adding a layer of analysis to her daily experience, she speaks of the impact her husband's unpredictable absence has on her life, and how Newfoundland's history helps her cope. 

In this five-part series, Jill English set out in 2013 to find the women who work away or who handle things while their family members leave for work elsewhere. 

Catching up with Anderson

Anderson continues to teach at Memorial University as a per course instructor while her husband comes and goes. Though he has switched companies since 2013, his leave schedule remains much the same.

About Gone Again

In 2013, as part of her Masters in Media Production with Ryerson University, English produced the ‘Gone Again’ series to showcase an element of Newfoundland's workforce that bridges past and present: the commute. Driving across the province with her friend Deidre, she collected stories tied to the back-and-forth relationships with friends, family and the land itself.

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About the Author

Jill English

Journalist

Jill English is a producer with The National based in Toronto.