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Hello from your manuscript

Is your dissertating student, co-author, book contributor, researcher, writer missing in action? This is a song for them. Or, this song is probably for yourself 😀

I think I just ruined my graduate students’ break by sending them this song last week (with a note: I created this with you in mind ;D). PhD students, imagine your PhD advisor singing this song to you. Is it a blessing or a curse?

Note on the production:

During the super wintery cold Canadian break a couple weeks ago, I stayed home too long that I lost my marbles.  I woke up in the middle of the night and did some silly things. This is a result of one of those nights. Yeah, I spent a couple hours recording and making this video.

The “Herrera” moment

with many thanks and congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera...

let us gather in a flourishing way
en la luz y en la carne of our heart to toil
tranquilos in fields of blossoms
juntos to stretch los brazos
tranquilos with the rain en la mañana
temprana estrella on our forehead
cielo de calor and wisdom to meet us
where we toil siempre
in the garden of our struggle and joy
— an excerpt from “Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way” by Juan Felipe Herrera

Tears were glistening in her eyes and spilling over to splash down her cheek. She turned her head to look at him, who apparently had already looked at her. She turned her eyes to his eyes. With a teardrop hidden in a corner of his eye, he reached out and gently touched her hand. His eyes were locked on hers.
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