Last Saturday and Sunday the City of Chicago, once again, put on it’s yearly Air and Water Show… And once again, I was amazed, impressed and happily proud to be an American. Though Sunday turned out to be freckled with rainstorms, the show continued, and we were generously rewarded for being such “troopers” in waiting out the rain. We we all given just one more reason to love… Sweet Home Chicago!
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged adventure, air and water show, All things Chicago, american, city of chicago, fun, host, jen knoedl, jenchicago, jenknoedl, jet, lake michigan, plane, show, staycation, Staycation Nation, travel, video on August 18, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Posted in charity, Chicago, tagged All things Chicago, britain’s got talent, Facebook, fan page, fun, funny, inspiration, jen knoedl, jenchicago, Life, love, michael jordon, mike berkson, music, show, Silly, sports, susan boyle, talk, tim wamback, video, vlog on April 20, 2009| Leave a Comment »
It’s funny how life has a way of teaching us. It brings us the lessons that we need exactly when we need them. Then, it is our choice, whether or not we use that insight, as we navigate through life.
How many of us were speechless and reminded not to judge a book by its cover when we heard Susan Boyle sing on “Britain’s Got Talent” this season? I personally got goosebumps and teary-eyed.
Or how inspiring is it to you to know that the man in this video, is the same Michael Jordon that didn’t make the Varsity basketball team the first time he tried out? That’s right, but good ol’ MJ wasn’t about to let that stop him!
And when I met Mike Berkson, I was inspired again. I met Tim Wambach, the president and founder of the Keep On Keeping On Foundation (KOKO), at the Share the Love Date Auction. After chatting with Tim for a just a few minutes about the foundation, I wanted to know even more. Tim told me if I really wanted to understand, that I should talk to Mike. So I did.
I met Tim and Mike at The Gage (LOVE that place!) and we talked about life for well over an hour. I was so moved by our chat, I called family and friends that afternoon and told them how much I loved them. I reminded them how fortunate we all really are and about my renewed perspective. Mike can’t even scratch his own nose, and yet he finds meaning, purpose and gratitude for life.
We can all find reasons to be happy. Obstacles can be opportunities, if we choose to see them. When we think we’ve been knocked down, we can wallow in the dirt, or we can get up. We can brush ourselves off. We can choose our focus… and we can “Keep On Keeping On”.
Posted in Celebrities, charity, Chicago, Chicago Events, events, Fitness, parties, Performance Art, things to do, tagged abc, All things Chicago, Celebrities, Dana Kozlov, dancing, daryl hawks, Dina Bair, Edgar Chavarria, Evelyn Holmes, Facebook, fan page, fun, funny, ginger zee, jen knoedl, jenchicago, Katie Lorenz, Lourdes Duarte, Mike Adamle, NBC, pat cassidy, Robbie Ventura, show, Silly, talk, video, vlog on March 25, 2009| Leave a Comment »
It was a HUGE success! Arthur Murray’s Fourth Annual “Dancing with Chicago Celebrities” raised $67,000 for the Chicagoland Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®,and what a fun way to do it! All of the toe-tapping fun went down on Friday, March 13, 2009, when Chicago celebrities paired with Arthur Murray professional dance instructors at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
The winning team included Dana Kozlov, Assignment Reporter from CBS 2, and her Arthur Murray partner Edgar Chavarria. The MVP went to Robbie Ventura, who along with his team raised the most – $4,680. Other celebrities competing included Pat Cassidy, Radio Personality on WLS 890 AM, Lourdes Duarte, Assignment Reporter for WGN 9, Daryl Hawks, Sports Anchor and Reporter for NBC 5, Evelyn Holmes, Assignment Reporter for ABC 7, and Katie Lorenz, Miss Illinois 2008. The night’s emcee was NBC 5 Sports Anchor, Mike Adamle. WGN Anchor Dina Bair, NBC 5’s Meteorologist, Ginger Zee and ABC7’s Traffic Reporter Roz Varon also returned as alumni.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged All things Chicago, bronx tale, chazz palminteri, Facebook, fan page, fun, funny, jen knoedl, jenchicago, Joynt, show, Silly, talk, video on March 23, 2009| Leave a Comment »
JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team
One of my favorite spots to hang in all of Chicago is The Joynt. The place just oozes “cool” with phenomenal live music, stiff drinks and private parties, like the one last week for Chazz Palminteri and his one-man show, A Bronx Tale. Overall, the biggest “take away” I got from this night of fun and excitement was succinctly put by Chazz himself… “Don’t waste your talent.”
Word up, Chazz. Advice taken.