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Photosynthesis: My Writer’s Journey, Part Deux

[wp_ad_camp_2] By Damen Smith-Draeko --Photosynthesis is an annual EDM music festival based here in Washington State. It’s a spiritual/psychedelic gathering of artists, vendors, mystics, laymen, fire dancers, and mavens that all come together in the spirit of putting forth the will-to-good-power. It’s not just the party or the music that so many people look forward to every year, but that feeling of a natural connection to the earth, to a softer wholeness that the fresh air, the ocean and mountains, and the history of the region presents. It does sound kinda corny and very hippie, doesn’t it? But that is what it comes down to. This is what I got from speaking with many of the guests and from interviewing many of the artists and performers. And I don’t think it’s corny at all. I think

Photosynthesis 5.0 – My Writer’s Journey

[wp_ad_camp_2] By Damen Smith-Draeko -- This was the fifth in the series. I’d made the third and now this one, Photosynthesis 5.0 in Neah Bay Washington. Through opening day anxieties, incredible performances, really engaging people, and inspirational interviews with some of the most compelling and thankfully very accommodating artists I'd ever met, it all turned out to be an even more enriching experience than I would have ever dared anticipated. I love Neah Bay. I haven't been in love with a place like this since Okinawa. This was perhaps different because it's at the northern tip of my home continent. I was born in North America, so I'm thinking that there is more of a natural connection here than with the sub-tropical island in the Far East. As I stare from the beach, watching th