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Since I am trying to turn the corner after yesterday’s disaster, I am happy to announce that Gabby Jukkula’s and my paper is now available. The editor at Journal of Avian Biology seemed pleased with the article; he asked me to produce a short blog post for their website, which I did. It describes the genesis of the article, the preeminence of male parents in defense of loon chicks, and a rare case in which a male parent died when his chick was less than a week old and his mate beat the odds to rear the chick to adulthood without him. Perhaps the glow of having the article and blog come out will cheer me up!