Olympia Fencing Center founder and coach Daniel Hondor started his swordplay career with dreams of earning a spot among the Three Musketeers. Enthralled by the adventures of the trio, 7-year-old Daniel picked up his first rapier, beginning an association with fencing that would eventually take him around the world as a member of Romania’s national team. Eventually, after years of international dueling, he set down the sword and took up the mantle of coach, teaching the Romanian junior team techniques he’d learned throughout his career. The Olympics in Atlanta finally brought him to America, where he continues to share the art of fencing with students of all experience levels. He and his fellow instructors lead adult programs that help veteran swordsmen sharpen their skills and introduce novices to the sport’s intricacies. In homage to his childhood inspiration, he also hosts Musketeers classes that acquaint kiddies aged 6–10 with basic rules and moves, preparing them for future classes and eventual careers as knights of the realm.
Weichert, Realtors - Metropolitan Boston Real Estate connects buyers with homes and apartments across Boston—and they conduct their initial property searches free of charge. Their network is expansive, reaching neighborhoods from Back Bay and the South End to the Leather District, where all the houses have leather curtains. For aspiring real-estate agents, the company also runs a school, Metropolitan School of Real Estate, whose 40-hour courses prep students for the licensing exam.
By answering any and all questions about their erotic wares, the staffers at Amazing Intimate Essentials have helped promote safe and sensual trysts for more than 40 years. Their selection of massage oils, lubricants, and adult toys—which occupies stores spread throughout the Northeast and Texas—contains goods from such established brands as We-Vibe, Jimmyjane, and K-Y. They staff female-friendly merchandise, as well as products that help couples create more sparks in the bedroom than a master metalworker soldering a "do not disturb" sign to the door. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.
There is now more writing available on the Internet than the sum of all books ever written by millions of monkeys at millions of typewriters. Gird yourself for the coming Reading Wars with today's Groupon to Iris Reading, the speed-reading school that trains literacy samurai. With this Groupon, $60 gets you a one-day, five-hour class (a $199 value), which is ideal for breaking old reading habits across the knee with a spinning, backbreaking bookmark and replacing them with more effective techniques. The courses include strategies for reading technical material and computer-screen speed-reading techniques, making it perfect for business professionals. Iris has taught speed-reading courses to HSBC, one of Europe’s largest banks, as well as other financial and professional firms.
The average person in the United States reads about one Groupon per minute. Iris's website says that most students finish the Iris Reading Program reading two to five times faster without losing comprehension. That means an exceptional student could end up reading five Groupons per minute, which equal one À la recherche du temps perdu per week. Speed reading is great for students who have heavy reading assignments, providing an excellent alternative to hauling massive books at trucker speed, wheelbarrow speed, and crane speed. With your new speed-reading skills, you'll be able to fly through embarrassing backlogs of Twitter and Facebook updates, perhaps discovering to your surprise that your sister is married. The skills and knowledge you'll gain from lightning-fast re-readings of survival manuals and ancient Mayan religious texts will also leave you handily prepared for the galactic alignment of 2012, providing an impressive advantage over business rivals.
Iris is currently working with several public schools in Chicago to help students learn more efficient reading skills, and undergrads at New York University and the University of Chicago have successfully completed Iris courses and now spend less time on textbook reading and more time on dolphin racing. Classes are held in Boston's financial district on Saturdays and Sundays; click here for dates and times.
Your Groupon gets you the five-hour course, which is much more thorough and promises higher results than the one-hour free classes Iris occasionally offers.
Check out Iris Reading's website to view customer testimonials. Here are a few:
- Students have come to the workshops a little skeptical, but they all leave raving about what they learned and how they can use it. We have presented this workshop to all students from 1st years to graduate and professional, and they have all benefited. – Kay Robinson, Assistant Director, Ohio Union, Ohio State University
- Thank you very much for all your help this year. You truly had a significant impact on my productivity as well as many others in Ariel’s research department. You should feel very proud of your contributions to Ariel. Thank you again. – Jason Tyler, Portfolio Manager, Ariel Capital Management
- The experience and outcome was phenomenal! The average student in the class began reading 239 words per minute and ended reading 457 words per minute – results were nearly doubled. – Debra Carson, Program Coordinator, Chicago Summer Business Institute
After acing the SAT, students head to college and enter a huge variety of careers, from comedy to computer programming to creative design. Several of these former students sought to help others conquer the feared test at Boston Test Prep’s online-only study center. The staff designed the program to appeal to kids of the digital age—students can log on anytime, anywhere, and direct their own studies. Some might read through all the lessons and then work on practice quizzes, and others might leap right into the quizzes, pausing to link to lessons and slideshows on questions that stymie them, such as, "How many bears are there?" They’ll also learn tips on taking the test, such as mastering common question types, identifying tricks, and making smart guesses. As students work, a points system motivates them to hit a high score, much like in a video game.
Anyone strolling down Marlborough Street in tony Back Bay might miss the French Cultural Center of Boston if they weren’t looking for it. The nonprofit’s home looks like any other historic mansion lining the street, but inside is a Francophile’s dream. Dedicated to ensuring the growth of French language and culture in present-day New England, the organization boasts the second largest private collection of French books in the United States – more than 25,000 publications – as well as periodicals, DVDs, CDs and more. The cultural center is also home to a school that offers language classes for both adults and children. Combine all of that with an array of lively cultural events held throughout the year, from art exhibitions and lectures to cooking demonstrations, and the French Cultural Center becomes one of Boston’s hubs of French culture.