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Celebrating the beauty of the season with stories of friendship, gratitude and creativity.





    246 a note from the editor

    8 be inspired by...10 documenting real life

    24 i left my heart in...

    36 laughter: the back to school edition

    38 friendship is awesome: a celebration of friendship

    52 say thank you

    57 gratitude: a poem

    58 falling in love with myself

    62 words of wisdom from mr. rogers

    30 make it happen

  • AUTUMN TIMEJohn Mayer - Fleet Foxes - Death Cab for Cutie - The Paper Kites - Kindred The

    Family Soul - Jack Johnson


    Dido - Rumer - The Roots - Simon & Garfunkel - Phillip

    Phillips - Ella Fitzgerald - Louis Armstrong - Diana

    Krall - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - and more



    36 laughter: the back to school edition

    38 friendship is awesome: a celebration of friendship

    52 say thank you

    57 gratitude: a poem

    58 falling in love with myself

    62 words of wisdom from mr. rogers

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  • Charlene Hardy

    is a portrait photographer specializing in Fine Art Portraiture

    of Children. She lives in Kennewick, Washington with

    her husband and four children. Charlene enjoys making timeless

    portraits of children using film and the hands on approach of

    developing and scanning the film herself.



    photo by Jonathan Canlas

    Stefanie Hunsaker

    Co-creator of Happy Magazine, design editor and photographer.

    Amber Gideon

    Co-creator of Happy Magazine, content editor and writer.

    photo by Angie Monson

    April Brown

    is mother to an amazing new-adult, a paralegal/office manager extraordinaire and aspiring photographer living in Washington state.

  • Avalon Shearer is 10 years old and lives with her parents, a dog and some fish in Nevada. She loves reading, swimming, Star Wars, Chinese food and the color blue.

    Jami Brooks

    Jami Brooks is a Washington state native who lives in the Tri Cities with her husband and son. She had some of her poetry published in high school and even has a few books in her future. Her hobbies include cooking and entertaining family and friends, singing and dancing around the house when she's cleaning, reading the Narnia series with her son, and laughing with her husband as much as possible.


    Curtsty Thompson

    Happy Magazine staff writer and super cool little old lady.

    Kevin Harris

    Happy Magazine illustrator and design consultant and one wild

    and crazy guy .

  • a note from the editor


    I had an interesting conversation with my mom recently. The gist of it was that I was arguing that people change all the time, we have to, its natural and an important part of how we adapt, survive, and grow as humans. My mom took the opposite side. In her mind, she has never changed, ever, only the circumstances around her. Well, Im right and shes wrong. But seriously, I am right. You see these last few months especially, I have been struggling physically. I had been diagnosed with everything from early onset Alzheimers to a brain tumor. While my final and accurate diagnoses is fairly serious, I can report that its neither of the two things listed above. As you can imagine, the past few months were a little hellish. I was worried and scared. I struggled with a thousand little things. I wanted help but didnt know where or who to ask. I was afraid of being abandoned because sickness isnt easy on anyone. And I started to think about the important stuff and the stuff I could control. The only thing on my list was myself. And I changed. And while all that was happening, the magazine got put to the side. Life happens and I embraced it. It is 100% fully my fault that this magazine is late this month. I apologize to those who

    have been patiently waiting and I thank you in advance for your understanding. In the space of these last few months, like the weather, I have changed tremendously and now Im ready to get back into the swing of things with my new perspective on, well pretty much everything.

    Stefanie and I love fall and we wanted to honor and recognize all the different things that make it special. The fall encompasses some of our favorite holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving and every parents favorite time of year, Back to School!

    This issue, however, focuses specifically on friendship. You meet some young people in the beginning stages of friendship and some people who have been friends for decades. And, of course, we feature some incredibly creative people and their endeavors to make the world around them a more fun and magical place.

    We hope you enjoy this issue and we look forward to bringing you the Winter issue (hopefully sooner rather than later) where we plan on getting a little magical!

    Yours truly,

    Amber Gideon



    be inspired by...

    NAT GEOTraveling the world to experience different cultures and landscapes is a dream most of us will never realize. But following National Geographic on Instagram will give you a little taste of what it would be like. Enjoy breathtaking images from around the globe and take a peek into foreign cultures as well as the lives of animals.

    http://instagram.com/natgeoSTORY CORPSSince 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. You can also enjoy many of the recorded heartwarming stories as animated shorts. Some favorites are "A Good Man", "The Icing On The Cake", and "Facundo The Great".



    HUMANS OF NEW YORK (HONY)If you're one of the few people who hasn't heard of or doesn't follow HONY on Instagram, Facebook, or Tumblr, go do it now! Brandon Stanton's simple photographs and accompanying stories will touch your heart, make you smile or laugh and feel more kindness toward your fellow men.




    SAVE FAMILY PHOTOSThe mission of Save Family Photos is simple - Save and share family stories, one photo at a time. Follow along on Tumblr or Instagram to see and enjoy old photos shared by people all over the world along with stories of their relatives and ancestors featured in the pictures. It may even inspire you to dig out those old family photo albums.www.savefamilyphotos.com http://instagram.com/savefamilyphotos

  • REAL


    documenting life...


    Documenting Childhood ONE ROLL A WEEK


    At the start of 2014, I found myself searching for a personal project to undertake during the next year. As I reflected on the possible projects I would someday like to attempt, my mind kept wandering back to my family. I love photographing my children, documenting them as they grow and become beautiful individuals of their own. In fact in the past years, I have taken hundreds maybe thousands of photographs, trying to capture and freeze their quickly fleeting childhoods. But with the realization that I had taken so much time to document them so carefully, I had missed really being there for them- cheering them on, helping them up when they stumbled, and just getting to know their quickly changing personalities. My project for 2014 suddenly became very important and clear. I felt the need to continue to document my children and their milestones but do it in a more meaningful and careful manner.

    As I contemplated starting this new project, I thought of ways to slow myself down to really take the time to get to know what was going on in the lives of my children. I remembered the huge photo albums my own mother kept so carefully, how as children my brothers and sisters loved to thumb through the pages and remember events of the past. I thought of my own mother with her camera carefully composing and changing settings on her camera as we squirmed with the excitement knowing our photo was being taken and it would be put into the family photo album. I wanted to re-create that feeling for my children who have grown up in the digital age- where photos are taken at lighting speed, never printed and can be deleted

    as fast as they are taken. I wanted my four children to experience the anticipation and the sound of the shutter being tripped, the feeling of importance knowing that the photos I would take were permanent, they couldnt be deleted instants after they were made. I had the tools to make this happen- I would just have to carve the time out of our busy days and make this a priority.

    In keeping with the fact that I was attempting to re-create the process of having photos taken when I was younger, I chose to use black and white Tmax 400 film. I had used this film all through high school and college and felt the black and white format would lend itself beautifully to the intent of my project- making timeless photographs simply focusing on my children. Determined to focus on quality over quantity, I would limit myself to one roll a week to document my childrens lives that week. The medium format camera would limit me to 16 frames each week- having four kids would mean I would try to keep it to 4 frame