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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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10 CyberMonday Tech Deals We Dig

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It’s Cyber Monday, y’all! If you’re hunting for some tech bargains, check out our ten favorite deals below. If the prices are right for you, hurry up and buy. These discounts are expiring at the end of today (11/28/2011) or within a few days. Know of other good tech sales? Share the wisdom! 1. Case-Mate Gadget Case Outfit your favorite gadget in a stylin’ case from Case-Mate, currently offering 25% off everything from its site. 2. Capacitive Touch Screen Gloves for Apple iOS Devices Baby, it’s cold outside. Keep those fingers warm and operable with gloves designed specifically for Apple touchscreen devices.  We’ve seen these gloves listed for as much as $30 but iGear is offering them for only $9.95. Comes in black, red, pink and gray. 3. Sony Speaker Dock for iPod and iPhone 4 Need a home base for your iPod and/or iPhone 4? The Sony dock station is on sale at Walmart for $49. That’s 50% off the list price of $99. 4. Samsung HD Flash Memory Camcorder If you’re looking for a pocket-sized camcorder, check out this Samsung one, which retails for $159.99 but is now on sale through Best Buy for $99.   5. Fujifilm 16 MP and 15x Optical

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Bestselling Author Karen Essex Travels With Dracula


I’ve read every book by historical fiction author Karen Essex and never thought I’d have the opportunity to connect with her. As it turns out, Karen travels all over the world and relies on Boingo Wireless to keep her online! So thanks to Boingo, I had the chance to chat with the bestselling author about two favorite topics, books and travel.  As Karen explains, traveling is an important part of her book writing process: “As an historical novelist, nothing informs my work like travel.  I love to walk in my characters’ footsteps, breathing in the air that they breathed, literally sharing molecules with them.” I had just finished reading Karen’s latest masterpiece, Dracula in Love, and was fascinatedby the fact that Karen had visited the novel’s various settings, places that had lived vividly in my imagination during an all-consuming three-day read. Luckily, Karen obliged me with an interview. Check out the Q and A below with Karen Essex and ask her your own questions in the comments section. The first twenty-five folks to post a note to Karen will receive a free copy of Dracula in Love. What inspired you to write the literary thriller Dracula in Love? I’d first read Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I was fifteen