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Creating an Environment Where You Have License to Try New Things

By Holly Lyn Walrath
Sep 7, 2018 · 682 words · 3 minutes

I was freezing cold staying in the tent cabins in Half Dome (formerly Curry) Village in Yosemite Valley with my dad who was there for work, so I got up and drove around the valley at 6 am. There’s been lots of fires in the area and the valley was filled with this thick smoke. Stopped at a turnout near Tunnel View and shot this photo - I really love the symmetry of it and the smooth gradients the smoke produces.

Photo by Bailey Zindel via Unsplash.

This post makes reference to this episode of the podcast Song Exploder.

One of my favorite albums of this year is “I’ll Be Your Girl” by the Decemberists. This week while I was driving in my car, I caught an episode of the podcast Song Exploder which features Colin Meloy breaking down how the song came to be. The album is a shift for the Decemberists into a kind of nostalgic, synth 80s pop. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but it’s since become something I listen to over...

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