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Song of the Week [#140]

Sometimes the music videos catch you by surprise. This is one of them. Now the song has become stuck in my mind now too. Watch the video! Au/Ra is a recent music artist, though I am sure she will be quite famous soon! Her synth-pop vibes are catchy.

Au/Ra – Concrete Jungle


Movie Spotlight: The Witness


I don’t often look at television listings thoroughly, particularly because of my hectic schedule. However, once in awhile I check to see what Independent Lens on PBS broadcasts. As I was looking through the listings, I noticed Independent Lens was on tonight and clicked on the information tab to see what was airing.

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Quote of the Week [#161]

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You don’t blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the President. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

– Albert Ellis

2016: A Look Back and Brief Preview of the Future

11416181_10154011816505348_8202758970446216374_nSince I wrote a similar post last year, I thought I would again post something that provided a brief summary of 2016 and what the following year may look like on the horizon (for anyone interested… I suppose this is mainly for my own memory).

In my post last year, I was hoping to graduate in 2016. Of course, I knew that there was no need to graduate in 2016 because rushing my dissertation was not necessary as I had to complete 12 credits anyways. I am extremely happy that the dissertation process has happened organically because now I only have two more chapters to write and I am proud of the progress I am making.

2016 was an amazing year in many ways. In the entertainment world, The X-Files returned, and so did Kiefer Sutherland in one of my new favorite shows, Designated Survivor. I also was able to meet Above & Beyond, my favorite music artists (and had a front-row seat at their acoustic event!)

In 2016, on a personal note, I met many family relatives for the first time (and traveled to France to see family!) and I was touched by how kind and hospitable they all were. Additionally, I also attended a great program at the University of Rhode Island that focused on Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophies of nonviolence.

As 2016 comes to a close, I can say one thing for sure: 2017 will be a significant year for me and I look forward to it! More to come….



Song of the Week [#139]

This week’s song is a beautiful cover of Oceanlab’s “Sirens of the Sea”. Wasn’t sure in the beginning how the cover would turn out, though after a few minutes of listening, it’s quite beautiful (and has resulted in many replays!)

Toronto International Film Festival 2016: Some Films To Look Out For

tiff1 I dropped by on a rainy night and grabbed a schedule of the Toronto International Film Festival (because reading them online is overwhelming).

Here are a few films (in alphabetical order) that look intriguing, with their trailers included. I have not seen any of these films, so I cannot vouch for any of them, though a few of these films have already received stellar reviews:

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The Dissertation Stage: Part I

 indexI recently submitted in my revised dissertation proposal and received approval from my chair to forward the proposal on to the rest of the committee members!

So, I thought I would take a look back at the personal journey of the dissertation stage in my PhD program while I wait for their feedback and then can defend the proposal (sometime this fall) to move on to the next stage of carrying out additional research and completing the dissertation (and then defending the dissertation entirely).

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