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The Pete's Diary Show

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Peter interviews Pete Falknor, General Manager at Chicago Music Exchange. Pete shares a story that reinforces how giving and receiving kindness amplifies it for everyone. Dede & Peter also had a sneak peek of Chicago Music Exchange's showroom,
Let's be honest, this "new normal" after shelter in place kinda sucks.  Dede and Peter share how they're having trouble adjusting to wearing a mask and people being socially distant.  How are you coping?
Dede & Peter talk about how music helps them overcome depression and motivates them throughout their day. Peter talks about his Cochlear implant (Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid - BAHA) and how it's been life changing. He just experienced hearing in
Dede & Peter are wishing you all a special Mother's Day of good health, peace, and harmony.  Keep rocking Moms!
Are you struggling with mental health? Dede and Peter talk about how quarantine is making them anxious and depressed. They discuss how they're coping and encourage everyone to be kind to both themselves and others.  Everyone is grieving somethi
Dede & Peter talk about discovering Benheart luxury leather artisans in Florence, Italy while on their 2019 family vacation. They met the owner, Ben, and feel a deep connection with the brand. This story of connection and kindness will open you
The Pete's Diary Show is back for Season 2! Dede & Peter give an update on how they're surviving the pandemic crisis, thoughts on how to help musicians and businesses, and their concern for the rare disease community. Peter shares his experienc
Peter gives us a tour of his new 1960s Gibson Les Paul Bourbon Burst and plays some sweet riffs.  Dede challenges you to start 2020 with a fresh perspective by checking in with your feelings and outlook.  They end Episode 10 reminding you that
Peter talks about his first Gibson Guitar in this special holiday edition of The Pete's Diary Show. Dede surprises Peter with a story about a Secret Santa who shops at Chicago Music Exchange and sent Peter a special gift. Don't miss the ending
Peter plays his favorite Slash riffs, and Dede shares how excited she is about scoring tickets for the Stadium Tour 2020. Hear the story of how NHL Coach Mike Babcock inspired Dede to raise Peter to "Be a Difference Maker." You can also watch E
This one's for Van Halen fans! Peter shares trivia and older Van Halen songs he's enjoying. Dede challenges you to write the dedication page of your life story and to make sure the words are positive self talk. They discuss why it's important t
Peter talks about his recent surgery and the music he listened to in the hospital. Dede recommends embracing the holiday chaos and appreciating the moments. Giving to charity is also a way to show kindness during the holiday season.  Pete's Dia
Peter talks about AC/DC & Malcolm Young being an early influence on the guitar, and Dede talks about how we can all do our part to end the loneliness epidemic.  They discuss how Pete's Diary social media followers sent so much support and kindn
Peter talks about getting to play with Jared James Nichols in Chicago and Dede shares how Peter is a great example that anything is possible with passion and a positive attitude. Chicago Music Exchange lends more kindness in the form of a loane
Peter interviews and jams with Trapper Schoepp, who talks about his music influences, a special vintage guitar, and a song he co-wrote with Bob Dylan.
Dede and Peter talk about how a visit to Chicago Music Exchange after one of his surgeries turned into a fun afternoon playing vintage guitars.  Learn the story behind Peter's Jared James Nichols "Old Glory" Signature Epiphone and why you shoul
Dede & Peter talk about how their first visit to Norman's Rare Guitars in LA amplified kindness and how being exceptional means you must have the courage to stand out.  Peter rocks his Gibson Les Paul gold top and reviews a new band he discover
Peter interviews fellow classmate and class of 2019 graduate Thomas Power who is a jazz guitar player at Libertyville High School.  Thomas recalls how his Mom pushed him to take jazz lessons whe he preferred heavy metal.  He fought against it a
Peter interviews his Mom, Dede Dankelson, in this bonus episode for Mother's Day.  Dede shares how the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio inspired a random act of kindness that happened on the same day she received bad news from one of his doctors. 
Peter interviews Donnalyn Warmbold who is a Data Processing Specialist at Libertyville High School in Illinois.  Mrs. Warmbold shares how an anonymous "Grinch" made sure her family had a nice Christmas after her father passed away from cancer. 
Peter interviews Adam Faulkner who teaches special education at Libertyville High School in Illinois.  Mr. Faulkner shares how a stranger risked his own safety to drive him back to school during a winter storm.  That was over 20 years ago durin
Peter interviews Jeremy Marino who teaches Orchestra at Libertyville High School in Illinois.  They discuss how kindness often goes unnoticed in the simple acts people do for you every day and how we can all practice patience and listening to s
Peter interviews Daniel Gooris who teaches Physical Education at Libertyville High School in Illinois.  Mr. Gooris recalls how family and friends created a community of support for he and his wife after their daughter was born with medical comp
Peter interviews Alice Leafblad who teaches Social Studies and Life Skills at Libertyville High School in Illinois.  Mrs. Leafblad shares how her 5th grade teacher believed she could achieve more and invested his time into helping her find ways
Peter interviews Dyan Naslund who teaches English at Libertyville High School in Illinois.  Ms. Naslund talks about a health scare she had several years ago and how she had the courage to let her colleagues know about it.  Having the courage to
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