Tiësto and Dance Classics Club Hits From the 90s and 00s

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 2:10 pm

Looking for something catchy, upbeat, with a positive message that turns things up? Try the song “Just Be,”  (the link opens in a new tab) by Tiësto and Kirsty Hawkshaw on Spotify.

Here’s a playlist that includes that song, which has in it other things that were groove tunes I used to have set to repeat on my music playlists. “Dance Classics (club hits from the 90s and 00s) playlist,”  (the link opens in a new tab), by Spotify.

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The song “Never Be the Same” by Camila Cabello and Kane Brown

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 2:21 pm

I had heard “Never Be the Same,” a song by Camila Cabello, on the radio and liked it. Then, I heard this version of it which includes Kane Brown, and I liked this version better. So, if you’d like to give this a listen, here’s “Never Be the Same (feat. Kane Brown) (the link opens in a new tab) by Camila Cabello and Kane Brown on Spotify.

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Groovy, Dance, Up-tempo, Feel-good Tracks

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm

Were you looking for some fast and groovy, up-tempo, feel-good tunes that just make ‘ya wanna dance? Try some of the groovy, dance sounds of the musical artist Calvin Harris  (the link opens in a new tab), whose tracks are on Spotify.

Oftentimes when I put on Calvin Harris, artists I’ve listened to in the same genre come up in my head. One such musical track has been that way since I first heard it: “Titanium (feat. Sia) (the link opens in a new tab through Spotify), by David Guetta and Sia.

Can’t wait for tomorrow to get here? Is it about to be the weekend and you need to groove? Maybe it’s not the weekend but you still want to just groove? Well, here’s “Tomorrow Can Wait,”  (the link opens in a new tab), by David Guetta, Chris Willis, and El Tocadisco.

How about the track “Love Don’t Let Me Go,”  (the link opens in a new tab) by David Guetta?

Or, “Love Is Gone,”  (the link opens in a new tab) by David Guetta?

Looking for something similar but slightly different? Have some fun with the dance sounds of the musical artist David Guetta  (the link opens in a new tab), whose tracks are on Spotify, also.

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The Playlist “This Is the Chainsmokers” by Spotify

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 2:39 pm

Looking for a catchy song you heard that was just on the radio or maybe on your friend’s playlist? Perhaps, just perhaps, it is The Chainsmokers? They seem to put together great pick-me-up and feel good, up-beat tunes that take over the radio’s airwaves. Who am I kidding? Like I really need to introduce The Chainsmokers in 2019? Ha-ha! Here’s a playlist of some of their musical work put together by Spotify. The playlist is titled “This Is the Chainsmokers (the link opens in a new tab) by Spotify, on Spotify  (the link opens in a new tab).

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Just for Today Literature Pondering – July 25

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 2:52 pm

The Just for Today literature’s daily meditation of recovery in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for July 25th shows that our action in doing twelfth step service work is never in vain. Practicing the principles in all of our affairs, in culminating with helping the still suffering addict, keeps us drug-free and a healthy, contributing member of society. We give back to humanity through service work, which extends far past only the rooms of NA. Teachers, professors, and instructors, for example, give back to their students every day in their fields in education. Those that hold religious positions give back to their parishioners and practitioners every time that they interact with those people and provide them a service of sorts. Even those that simply donate their time to a cause they support are giving themselves in service to the greater good. If we pay attention, we can find opportunities to give of ourselves in service in many ways. Perhaps, too, we can pray to have God send us someone to help that day if we so choose.

Twelfth Step ‘failure?’ – July 25 – page 215

“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Step Twelve

There is no such thing as a “failed” Twelfth Step call. Even if our prospect doesn’t get clean, we have accomplished two purposes. We have planted the seed of recovery in the mind of the addict with whom we have shared our experience, strength, and hope. And we ourselves have stayed clean another day. Rarely does a recovering addict leave a Twelve Step call with anything but a deep dose of gratitude.

Sometimes we are practicing the Twelfth Step without realizing it. When our co-workers or other acquaintances know some of our history and see what kind of person we are today, they know where to go when they have a friend or loved one in need of our help. We are often the best attraction that NA has to offer!

For many addicts, the Twelfth Step is the cornerstone of recovery. We truly believe that “we can only keep what we have by giving it away.” The paradox of the Twelfth Step is evident, for in giving, we receive.

Just for today: I will remember that I am a living example of the Twelfth Step. I cannot “fail” when I try to carry the message to another addict.


Source: Narcotics Anonymous World Services. Just for Today. Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Incorporated, 1991, p. 215.

Practicing Narcotics Anonymous Spiritual Principles Throughout the Calendar Year

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Have you ever heard of Narcotics Anonymous (NA)? It is a program for people (who come to self-identify as addicts) that have either in the past or that currently abuse or misuse alcohol and drugs, and the end-goal of working a recovery program in NA is to become drug-free and clean, and remain substance-free and practice abstinence from any and all mind or mood-altering substances.  For many, simple abstinence is not enough for an extended period of time. Abstinence should ideally be combined with working the Twelve Steps of the NA program. NA is a twelve-step support fellowship for doing just that! In NA, we learn to practice spiritual principles daily, in all our affairs. There is a spiritual principle that can correlate to each numbered month of the calendar year if you practice at least the basic twelve spiritual principles in life. Here is a short breakdown.

Let’s take the month of July for our example. Do you notice how July is the seventh month? This means that during the seventh month, we should aim to practice the corresponding numbered spiritual principle that correlates to that numbered month. There are twelve months which go hand-in-hand with the twelve spiritual principles. The corresponding month number can be used to focus on practicing the corresponding step number’s spiritual principle during that month. That gives our recovery some direction. In January, we aim for spiritual principle one; in February, we aim for spiritual principle two; in March, we aim for spiritual principle three; in April, we aim for spiritual principle four, and so forth, and so on, etc. all the way through the calendar to where in December, we aim for spiritual principle twelve.

Step Spiritual Principle
Step One Honesty
Step Two Hope
Step Three Faith
Step Four Courage
Step Five Integrity
Step Six Willingness
Step Seven Humility
Step Eight Love
Step Nine Justice
Step Ten Perseverance
Step Eleven God-consciousness
Step Twelve Service

More on NA can be found at Narcotics Anonymous World Services, which can be found at https://www.na.org  (the link opens in a new tab).

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Are We Even Allowed to Work Outside of the University While In a Graduate Program?

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Posted under the tag “career advice,” the article “More grad students should be allowed to take jobs outside academe (opinion)” published on Inside Higher Ed, “The Need for Outside Jobs in Grad School (the link opens in a new tab) that was posted on July 3, 2019, by Zeb Larson  (zeb.larson@gmail.com ), applies to should we allow or should we not allow outside work (work other than teaching and working on the dissertation) while in a graduate program. The dilemma of being a graduate student, while also holding outside of university work, is a current reality. Income has to come from somewhere while in school and it is likely a more common than not solution to try and look for a job outside of the university while in your graduate program. It appears that some programs frown on this solution. “Many graduate departments have some kind of rule in place to prevent graduate students from taking on outside work” (Larson). It appears that some programs will only allow the students to work an internship or teaching assistantship program and not hold non-educational employment because outside work is “often seen as an unnecessary distraction” (Larson). What about those of us that are in-between undergraduate and graduate programs and need to work to survive for the time being until they get accepted into a grad program? Are we supposed to tell our boss or supervisor when applying, “Hey, thanks for allowing me the opportunity to join your team and make a positive contribution to the business, however, in the near future, to be honest, when I pursue my education further and get accepted into a graduate school, I will not be able to work for you anymore because it is a school requirement?” That’s crazy, right, or is it just me?!

In theory, all of these concerns sound like good reasons to make sure that students don’t end up overburdening themselves with work outside of their teaching and dissertation. But in practice, such restrictions increasingly do not serve a useful function for graduate students or graduate departments. They no longer match the reality that many graduate students face either professionally or financially. (Larson)

🤔 It will be interesting to see when I enter graduate school if my program will allow me to hold outside work while completing my studies. I will definitely prefer to take an assistantship or educational job if one comes around, though with the growing popularity of the times in online master’s programs available as a valid option to students for their degrees, is educational graduate on-campus work a realistic proposition when enrolled in an online master’s program? The meat of Larson’s article supports great reasons to not try and look for outside work if we, as students, can help it. Personally, while I try to accept that I may need to work outside the teaching realm while in school, I shut down and become rather disturbed thinking to try and formulate myself a plan b with the scenarios that my graduate studies will not land me a teaching job or professorship. There is always that reality that the degree will not provide the desired work, and, moreover, I know this to be true from some of my time in non-educational employment as an undergraduate student. I will cross that bridge when – and if – it happens, using the best resources I have at that time. It’s a true statement that we don’t all end up working where we want, but, hey, one can still put in the effort to get where they want, right? Not to leave on a down and sour note, but, to stay in a balanced perspective, Larson closes his article with an opinion on our supposed precarity, the state of having insecure employment or income, that “given the precarity most of us young academics face, letting people take outside jobs would give us a leg up on the ‘alternate’ careers most of us will have” (Larson).

The references from the above article were on 24 July 2019 from Inside Higher Ed at https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2019/07/03/more-grad-students-should-be-allowed-take-jobs-outside-academe-opinion  (the link opens in a new tab).

A YouTube video for using color overlay in Adobe Photoshop software

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 4:06 pm

I found this video useful when overlaying a new, custom blue color onto an image of an undesired color using the “Adobe Photoshop (the link opens in a new tab) editing program, created by “Adobe (the link opens in a new tab) software company. The example video changes the background layer by using a color overlay feature. The video is found on “YouTube (the link opens in a new tab), appears to be on the channel “LinkedIn Learning (the link opens in a new tab), was published on July, 15, 2013, and is titled “Photoshop tutorial: Colorize any layer with Color Overlay | lynda.com (the link opens in a new tab).

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The playlist “00s Rock Anthems” by Spotify

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 4:11 pm

These songs are some ones that were on the radio when I grew up, which molded me before my twenties. The playlist is titled “00s Rock Anthems,”  (the link opens in a new tab) by Spotify, on Spotify  (the link opens in a new tab).

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