Once again, it’s late. As 4AM comes around in a few minutes, so does the final draft of my thesis paper. The last thing, and maybe most important piece of writing I did included my acknowledgements and dedication. This past year has been filled with ups and downs, changes, turns, twists, but I would not have had it any other way. The constant has been the desire to find a balance between living away from home but honoring where I am from. Below is a screen shot of the first page of my thesis paper. Thank you to all of you, mentioned and unmentioned, for being a part of this experience. Whether it was a willing or unwilling contribution, it made a difference. You are going down in #matsumotothesis history, forever.