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Mary Van Note

This is the second of three lost video interview from back in 2009. Can't wait to share these with you, and we are so stocked that we found the tape. This is a honest look at two sisters, as Mary Van Note is interviewed by her sister, Andrea King. We also love the chat about Myspace...Oh, how the times have changed in the last 5 years. Hope you enjoy their conversation. Mary was in town for the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Make sure you follow us at www.twitter.com/mfmagazine.

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Bil Dwyer

This is the first of three lost video interview from back in 2009. Can't wait to share these with you, and we are so stocked that we found the tape. Here, the amazing Bil Dwyer gives us some insights for young comics looking to make it in the business and introduces us to his furry little friend. Hope you enjoy. He was in town for the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Make sure you follow us at www.twitter.com/mfmagazine.

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Candice Russell

We had the great pleasure of sitting down with Portland singer songwriter, Candice Russell, to chat about happiness and her struggles with Graves' Disease. She performed two beautiful acoustic songs. "So Much More" off her new album of the same name, and an amazing cover of Katy Perry's "Roar." Hope you enjoy!

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There are those who sing and then there are those who were made to sing. Candice Russell was made to sing. She is a 21 year old pop singer and songwriter who has just released her debut album called So Much More. Her seemingly effortless, rich, pure vocal tone, her smooth vocal runs and the passion that comes through in her voice, make for an extremely satisfying listening experience. As one label executive said, "She is very easy on the ears."

Candice's songwriting is real, honest, and vulnerable, yet she is positive, determined and confident. She knows who she is, but she doesn't see herself as above others. She sings, writes and performs to make others feel good about themselves, not to make others feel good about her. "I want to reach people with music that I have written and hopefully uplift and help them," she says. All of the songs on this new album are original and from the context of her own real life experiences.

The artists that have impacted Candice are Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Paramore, Colbie Caillat and Carrie Underwood. The combination of these artists and what she has learned from her personal mentors and coaches has helped Candice find a unique blend that has resulted in her own cool and appealing sound.

Candice grew up singing in the church. Her mom was amazed when she first heard Candice singing "Jesus Loves Me" with perfect pitch when she was just one year old. Her poise as a child singing in the choir and her solos in high school caused many to say this girl has the "IT" factor.

At the age of sixteen, Candice won a state wide singer-songwriting contest at the Oregon Fine Arts Festival. In 2012, she went to Hollywood on American Idol, Season 11, as a teenager. She also made it into the showcase final as a singer-songwriter at AMTC's Shine event in Orlando in 2012. She has been seasoned by competitions and great mentors and now she is ready to share with the world the songs that have been cultivated and developed behind the scenes in the last year.

Soon after her time on American Idol, Candice met Dave Lubben, who is a veteran artist, songwriter and producer in Portland, Oregon. Among his many credits is producing the band Kutless. Candice collaborated with Dave Lubben and her brother, Aaron Russell (who also assisted in production), to write all ten of the new and original songs on this project. This album was recorded using top studio musicians from Los Angeles, Nashville and Portland. The results have yielded a high quality, radio ready-album.

The things Candice values most are her faith, family and friends. In many ways she is just normal, but her ability to transfer what is in her heart into art flowing through her fingers to the guitar and resonating through her voice to release flawless, passionate vocals is not at all typical. The lyrics on her album are thoughtful and deep, but also smart, witty and just plain fun at times. All this makes her an extremely intriguing artist to listen to and follow.

Other fun and interesting facts about Candice:
• She worked as a commercial model in Portland, Oregon.
• She was a very good athlete in high school, where she led her soccer team in scoring and still holds the record in girls track for the long and triple jumps.
• Her favorite thing is hanging out with her friends.
• She loves to laugh.
• She feels deep emotion for people who are hurting.
• She has a heart to help young women across the world to be rescued from sex-trafficking.
• The guitar she plays in concerts was one her grandpa owned and played before he gave it to her.


BIO COURTESY OF www.candicerussell.com

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Seattle International Film Festival 2013 Opening Gala w/ Joss Whedon, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg

The Happiness Treatment is honored to be a media partner for the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival. On Thursday May 16th SIFF had their opening night gala at McCaw Hall. It featured Joss Whedon's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. What a wonderful film. Prior to the event we had the pleasure of being part of the red carpet festivities which included attendance from director Joss Whedon and the stars of the film: Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg. This is just a tiny taste of how wonderful and epic this red carpet event was. It was a magical evening.

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For more information about the Seattle International Film Festival please visit www.SIFF.net

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Raphael Sbarge and Ed Begley Jr.

It was a true pleasure talking with Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time, The Young and the Restless, Independence Day, Prison Break, The Guardian, Star Trek: Voyager, Risky Business) and Ed Begley Jr. (Family Tree, Rizzoli & Isles, Gary Unmarried, Arrested Development ,Six Feet Under, Kingdom Hospital, 7th Heaven, St. Elsewhere, This Is Spinal Tap) about what happiness means to them, simple steps to help the environment, and what Green Wish is all about and how you can help. This interview took place at the building site for Ed's brand new leed platinum certified home. We hope you enjoy this conversation and please do your part to make our earth a better place.

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For more information about Green Wish visit www.greenwish.com

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Green Wish is a grassroots, non-profit organization that funds local, green organizations through customers’ small donations at local retailers. Put simply: We’re a charity that helps fund the green projects in your neighborhood!

Green Wish was founded in 2009 by actor/producer Raphael Sbarge, after the birth of his first child, “I was struck by how alive I suddenly felt as a father,” he explained. “Conversely, I also felt remarkably vulnerable and defenseless to protect this little person’s journey in a world as vast and complex as ours. I had to ask, ‘What can we do to contribute in any small way to leave the world a better place than when we found it?’”

The answer: Green Wish – we help people to support a movement – not just one organization, but multiple ones. When you donate to Green Wish, you’re actually helping numerous environmental groups, right in your own community.

Green Wish partners with local retailers, which place our donation cards right at their cash registers. Customers can “buy” and add Green Wish donations on to their purchase at the retailer.

These donations are collected by local Green Wish chapters and distributed regularly to area organizations that have been carefully vetted. The board of directors in each chapter evaluates and selects deserving organizations with track records of good work across the green spectrum, focusing on air, water, earth and environmental education. Ninety cents of every dollar goes to your local green groups.

We started in Los Angeles with a chapter supporting nine organizations in Southern California. We are spreading across the country with the ultimate goal to start Green Wish chapters across the country, all supporting groups in their communities. Join us!

INFORMATION COURTESY OF WWW.GREENWISH.COM

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Tom Curren

It was such an honor to chat with surfing legend and musician, Tom Curren, during a recent stop in Portland, OR. He performed two wonderful acoustic songs for us and talked about what happiness means to him, how critical he is of his own songwriting, and music that lifts him up. We hope you enjoy this conversation with Tom Curren.

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Tom Curren (born July 3, 1964, in Santa Barbara, California) is an American surfer. He was born to father Pat (big-wave legend and shaper) and mother Jeanine. His brother Joe is also a professional surfer and popular photographer and he also has a sister named Anna.

Curren grew up raised primarily by his mother, and spent much of his free time in the ocean. Taught to surf by his father, who was a big wave rider, Curren drew on his lineage and had a natural affinity for the ocean and the long sectioning point surf of Rincon Point, near his home in Santa Barbara. He progressed quickly and drew the attention of the surf media.

Curren also was a natural competitor and contrary to his introverted personality, reveled in heated competitions in the NSSA, which at the time was California's premier amateur surfing body. Slowly, he was seeded into professional events and he handily beat all comers. By the time Curren hit the ASP World Tour in 1983, he was taking out veteran pros such as Rabbit Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson, and Cheyne Horan. He really hit his stride in 1985, and took down his first world title.

He was world champion three times - 1985, 1986, 1990, and won 33 championship events in his professional career, a total only bested by Kelly Slater. He achieved near-mythical status both for his competitive drive and for his smooth, powerful surfing style. He made a high-profile decision to retire from competitive surfing in the mid-1990s. He led the surfing revolution in the early '80s and inspired many of the surfers today, showing them how to surf a wave. Curren is a fascinating study in contradictions; he has a surfing style that at combines smooth, rhythmic, seamlesslesly linked maneuvers with blinding speed,raw power, and unique check turns and body English. He seems to relish victory and the spoils that come with it, and yet he is unassuming, publicity shy, and extremely private. It is these compelling characteristics that endear him to global surfing community.
Curren still surfs in contests on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS.) He is also often invited to surf in World Championship Tour (WCT) trials or contests as a wildcard. He has competed in the Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am Surf Contest for 3 years in a row, surfing on the Switchfoot team.

In his five year rise to World Surfing Champion, Curren led the way in cutting edge, perfectly tuned performance. Despite his youth, Curren was acknowledged as one of surfing's true geniuses and a soulful original. He single handedly challenged the surfing community in almost every area of surfing's culture and altered the mindset of hundreds of thousands of surfers around the world. Riding under a contract with surfboard company Channel Islands, Tom Curren developed a memorable surfing career co-producing and riding many pro surfboard models such as the Black Beauty and the Red Beauty.

BIO COURTISEY OF WIKIPEDIA

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Tim Matheson

It was a true honor to talk with actor, director and producer, Tim Matheson, on the beach in beautiful Marina del Rey. Tim is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the smooth-talking Eric "Otter" Stratton in the 1978 comedy National Lampoon's Animal House and the bitter Vice President John Hoynes in the NBC drama, The West Wing. Currently he plays Dr. Brick Breeland in Hart of Dixie. We hope you enjoy this interview as he shares what makes him happy, what he has learned about himself through his career, the music that lifts him up, his process for playing a villain, and so much more.

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Sonja Lyubomirsky

It was an honor to talk with Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The Myths of Happiness and The How of Happiness. She shares with us what happiness means to her, how her studies have changed lives, and what is next for her. Please enjoy this conversation with Sonja Lyubomirsky.

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Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Sonja is author of The Myths of Happiness and The How of Happiness, a book of strategies backed by scientific research that can be used to increase happiness.

Originally from Russia, she received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from Stanford University. Lyubomirsky currently teaches courses in social psychology and positive psychology and serves as the Department of Psychology's graduate advisor. Her teaching and mentoring of students have been recognized with the Faculty of the Year and Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards.

Lyubomirsky's research has been awarded a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, a Science of Generosity grant, a John Templeton Foundation grant, and a million-dollar grant (with Ken Sheldon) from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct research on the possibility of permanently increasing happiness. Her research has been written up in hundreds of magazines and newspapers and she has appeared in multiple TV shows, radio shows, and feature documentaries in North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. She has lectured widely to a variety of audiences throughout the world, including business executives, educators, physicians, entrepreneurs, military officers, mental health professionals, life coaches, retirees, students, and scholars. 

BIO COURTISY OF www.sonjalyubomirsky.com

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Carmen and Camille

It was a blast to spend an afternoon with the lovely Carmen and Camille, as they talked about what happiness means to them, their happy playlist, and as they performed an acoustic version of their song, Big Love, off their upcoming EP. Hope you enjoy!

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Carmen and Camille’s meteoric rise in the Canadian music scene, culminating with a Juno nomination for their single Shine 4U, is due in large part to the dedicated fans at the forefront of every stage they step on to. The single shone brightly as hundreds of remixes popped up all over the globe and accolades from fans and industry alike poured in.

The rest is hard work, intuition and dedication but if you asked the pop duo if they ever doubted their career, they said they always had a feeling they’d get there.

As sisters, they have been practicing since childhood, experimenting with what they call “passion pop” – their trademark honesty set to catchy, dance floor hooks – which has seen them breaking into the Top 40 on Canadian radio charts, landing in the top 20 on Billboard’s Emerging Arts chart as well as making appearances at the Much Music Video Awards and Much on Demand (a particularly meaningful milestone for any Canadian). Major press from Toro Mag, Flare, E!Talk, Billboard, Stuff Mag, Elle and songs from their first album being featured on MTV’s The Hills mark how far their infectious melodies have traveled.

It is their ability to appreciate these moments that serves as an endearing contrast to their musical idols, Janis and Stevie – and unlike those inspirations, their life-long bond means they never have to face new territory alone.

It was this ability to lean on each other that saw them through one of the hardest moments in their musical careers. In the midst of recording with Grammy-winning producer and friend, Tal Herzberg, the new project was abruptly halted upon Tal’s unexpected passing. Carmen and Camille took some time to adjust and regrouped, tackling new roles behind the console as co-producers of their upcoming EP. The girls soon hit their stride with an upbeat compilation of songs that truly reflect the journey the girls have been on together.

“Big Love [the anthemic chorus revealing a predicament every girl has been through at one point in her life] started as an instrumental track that we wrote to, which is not as common for us. In the past, we’d usually start on the guitar. It’s been fun to get more creative with sounds and experiment with keyboards and synths,” shares Carmen, the excitement in her voice building. “It was based around a relationship of Camille’s and wanting the best out of someone. It is deeply personal, something that is a recurring theme in our music.”

This is never more evident than in the verses of Haunting Me, evoking a delicate spring rain that collides with a thunderclap of grief, begging “let me go, if it’s over now. Don’t let me love a shadow,” or the poignant, Away, which harkens back to the fearlessness of childhood, declaring “I won’t run away anymore.” The EP is a promise of change and growth, but with Carmen and Camille, the important things have stayed the same.

“Songwriting makes you feel like there is some other, high power,” they reveal. “You get inspiration out of nowhere. A song can just come to you.”

So can a feeling. Underneath the driving beats and catchy synths of the new upcoming album are songs sung from the heart, and the gut.

BIO COURTESY OF www.carmenandcamille.com

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Ted Kerasote

It was truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to chat with Ted Kerasote, author of national bestseller Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, Out There: In The Wild in a Wired Age, which won the National Outdoor Book Award, and most recently Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs. He shares what happiness means to him, what he learned from Merle and Pukka, stories from readers, and so much more. We hope you enjoy this wonderful conversation.


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Ted Kerasote is the author of many books, including the national bestseller Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog and Out There: In The Wild in a Wired Age, which won the National Outdoor Book Award. Ted began writing professionally as a teenager, his first nationally published story—about surf fishing for striped bass—bought by Outdoor Life when he was seventeen. Since then, Ted's writing has often focused on the interrelationship between people, animals, and the natural environment, and during his four-decades-long career, his essays and photographs have appeared in magazines as wide-ranging in their subject matter as Audubon, Geo, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Sports Afield, and The New York Times. His book Bloodties: Nature, Culture, and The Hunt is considered by many authorities to be the best and most evenhanded work on how both aboriginal and modern people treat wildlife. In addition, Bloodties offered the first comprehensive analysis of the fossil-fuel costs of our diets, and it continues to be a primary text in many university bioethics courses.
A photographer since childhood, Ted was one of the first people to document the caribou migration across the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and his images of wildlife from around the world, as well as those of indigenous people such as Inuit and San, have been displayed in many publications. Since his meeting with Merle in 1991, Ted has turned to photographically documenting how dogs live when they're free of leashes and fences and have the opportunity to structure their own time.

In his writing, Ted has also tried to bridge the gap between what appears to be seemingly irreconcilable positions, and his awards reflect his success at achieving this goal. His writing has been honored by the animal-rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as well as the pro-hunting organization, the Izaak Walton League of America.

An inveterate traveler and explorer, Ted has climbed, skied, and run rivers from Hong Kong to Helsinki, from the Arctic Ocean to the Straits of Magellan, and from the Alps to the savannas of Africa. His longtime home is in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but he continues to find joy in writing about new places and people, and his most recent trip took him to the Himalaya, where he began to research a book on Tibet.

BIO COURTESY OF WWW.KERASOTE.COM

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