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As insane as “Dr” Karlyn Borysenko’s political experiment gone wrong known as “Bridge The Divide” “ group on Facebook was (it was not civil), I made some great new friends there.

We’re from all over the country, ranging in age from 60s to 20s, gay, bi, straight, white, black, Pacific Islander, Hispanic.

We range from moderate Democrats to Democratic Socialists. I loved how we all just clicked.

How many people can say they actually made new friends in 2020 when everyone was isolated during quarantine?

Even though I consider myself an introvert, even I hit my limit of isolation and…

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I’ve been making dance music (don’t call it that horrible marketing term “EDM”) since 1995.

My love of dance music was passed down to me from my loving late brother Vernon. He was 12 years older than me, and he was constantly buying 45s (god I’m old) and 12” singles of pop, rock, and r&b songs home, almost weekly.

My love of dance music grew even more when I started hanging out with my good friends Damian, Mike, and Chris in high school, and they introduced me to Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, and New Order.

Since we lived just 25…

Life has been going pretty well! I’ve found a new lease on life after years of depression after being laid off from a job, then fired from a job, then my mom’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and eventual death in 2016 from a massive stroke.

I’m getting my career on track with this tech bootcamp learning User Experience and User Interface design. I’ve returned back to my number one passion in life, making electronic music. I have also started working out again after a 6-year hiatus. I’ve started eating better, drinking more water, and taking my vitamins.

I’m feeling social again, keeping…

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Ah, the 90s! They were my formative high school and college years and I have so many amazing memories of friends, family, amazing music, and my time at the University of Illinois.

Of course, there are some things about the 90s I would like to forget, like wearing my denim overalls with one strap off, candy ravers, phat pants, the JcPenny Arizona Jeans Company polo shirts that my sister loved to buy for me, the band TLCs early baggy day-glow clothing.

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You may be peddling the myth of “The Lost Cause” and not even know it.

The Lost Cause is (ironically) a re-writing/reinterpreting of the United State’s Civil War. It is an attempt to rehabilitate the South’s image from seditious traitors who were racist slaveholders or sympathizers, to noble folks who were heroic and brave in trying to assert their own rights and independence and to preserve their way of life.

It paints a picture of an idyllic, antebellum South. A world of chivalrous gentleman, and feminine, genteel ladies sipping a Mint Julep in massive hoop skirts on the veranda as…

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Let’s take a deep breath.

What can I say that no one else has said about the year that was 2020.

If you are Gen X (like me) and younger, this was probably the most bizarre and challenging year of your life so far.

Our parents or grandparents may remember where they were when JFK or MLK Jr. was murdered, but my mile markers are Chernobyl, The Challenger Explosion, the Berlin Wall Falling/Boris Yeltsin’s last stand, 9/11, and now the collective year of 2020

We started off nearly going to war with Iran, then a 100-year pandemic which at…

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2020 was the year when Stella got her groove back, and I would be Stella! After falling into a deep depression after a lay off, a firing, my mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, then her death from a massive stroke in 2016, I pretty much stopped listening to music.

For me that’s unheard of, I’ve been obsessed with music since I was little. My first memories of music are my brother’s Donna Summer and Saturday Night Fever records, and all the albums and 12 inch remixes we had that ran the gamut from INXS and Duran Duran to Tina Turner, Michael Jackson…

I once saw one of those silly Facebook questions/memes that you are supposed to tag a friend and have them answer the question “Have you ever bought a record (God, I’m dating myself) just because you thought the album cover was cool?”

Honestly, no, but if it was designed by graphic designer Mark Farrow, I probably would.

Most people don’t know designers by name. It’s pretty much anonymous art, for the people and by the people. Whoever designed the packaging for Chex cereal you ate this morning didn’t sign the box (thankfully). …

I was in a friend’s basement when I was 16 years old, and he put this CD on. It was from the pioneering synth/dance/rock band New Order’s Substance album, and the song was the John Robie remix of Subculture.

I was totally entranced by it. It was all about the tension and contrast:It was electronic, but it was rock. It had dry, cold British “white” male vocals with soulful “black” female backup singers. The band was from Manchester, England but the remix, for its time, was cutting edge American dance music.

After that, I had to learn everything I possibly…

I would rank 2013 as probably one of the worst years of my 44 trips around the sun.

First, I got laid off as my job as a web designer from the Follett Higher Education Group. They are the largest operator of college and university bookstores in North America, with some 1400 locations.

A confluence of events like gross mismanagement, being very slow to adjust to a new digital world of e-Readers and textbook rental, an outdated website lacking in demand features, rising competitors like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Chegg and a lag from the Great Recession led to…

Fredrick Royster

Lapsed Web Designer, Aspiring UI/UX Professional, and Electronic Dance Music Aficionado from Chicagoland

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