Thursday, July 21, 2016

When one door closes...

Yesterday morning I defended my doctoral dissertation, Finding Purpose: Identifying Factors that Motivate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender College Student Engagement at a Two-Year Institution.  We're in the middle of a heat wave in Minnesota, and the conference room in old academic building I'd reserved did not have a window or air conditioning.  Despite the heat, things went very well.  I had a good number of friends in attendance, people I've met throughout my years in academia.  I was happy to have my husband there as well. 

After my presentation, there was time for questions, after which my committee had a closed door discussion.  I was then brought back in the room to answer questions from my committee faculty, before being asked to leave the room one last time, to allow the faculty to vote on whether I passed my final PhD exam. 

By noon I was no longer a Ph.D. candidate.  

I started this blog in 2005, shortly before I began what became a ten year stint as a student. A whole lot of shit has happened since then.  It's all here if you care to read.  Personally, I'm crazy excited to move forward.  Completing my Ph.D. is an opportunity to start over.   I'm happy, healthy, and I've got a loving home and incredible friends.  Today I have a soul filled with sunshine. 

Peace -
Jeffrey A. Anderson, Ph.D.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

2016: Best of Qtr II

April, May, June, 2016. Prince died, our house burned down, and hateful tragedy struck in Orlando. On the lighter side, The Monkees released one of the best albums of their career.

April, May, and June had a pretty decent soundtrack, but I think history will show that the May 27 release of The Monkees' Good Times! is what stands out most.  The Monkees' twelfth original LP (their first in 20 years and the first since the death of Davy Jones) is most likely to be my favorite album of the year.  The band released three digital singles from Good Times! this quarter, plus a fourth single ("Whatever's Right") that released by mistake.  Of these four songs, three made my quarterly "best of" list, my favorite being the ridiculously upbeat, "You Bring the Summer", written by XTC's Andy Partridge.  A few weeks ago an official animated video premiered for the song, created by Monkee offspring Jonathan Nesmith and Susan Holloway.

Here is my complete "Best of Qtr II" list (track order as it appears on my quarterly mixtape, pictured below):
  • <"indian wisdom"> unreleased Beach Boys track, circa 1968
  • "She Makes Me Laugh" - The Monkees
  • "The End of Things" - Bob Mould
  • "Funnel of Love" - Cyndi Lauper
  • "You Bring the Summer" - The Monkees
  • "Mr. Pleasant" (RSD release) - The Kinks
  • "IOU" - Annabel Jones
  • "Unicorn" - James McCartney
  • "Sometimes Accidentally" - The Goon Sax
  • "Come With Me" (RSD release) - Idle Race
  • "Trainwreck" - De La Soul
  • <"let's go crazy" (live at Target Center, 5/4/16)> Paul McCartney
  • "King of the World" - Weezer
  • "Me and Magdalena" - The Monkees
  • "Let Love Be (with u)" (single version) - Kula Shaker
My faves of the last three months, immortalized on 8-track.