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    CR Mini-Retreat in Costa Rica?

    I just reserved a bottom bunk bed in Toucan and Macaw. I am happy to share the room with 3 others. --- Toucan and Macaw sleeps up to 4 guests, 2 sets of bunk beds in each room, indoor bathroom, balcony. Two rooms are available side-by-side.
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    CR Mini-Retreat in Costa Rica?

    Dean and all, all this looks very exciting. I am considering coming on my own, if I cannot bring my 11-year-old.
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    CR Mini-Retreat in Costa Rica?

    Dean and all, thanks a lot for the updates! I am done with the survey!
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    CR Mini-Retreat in Costa Rica?

    Mechanism, Thanks for your response! I am glad that our February vacation matches with yours too! Thank you also for pointing to the website’s 4-night minimum stay requirement. I did not see it. Why does it have to “once-in-a-lifetime”? I thought we could visit it again if we like it.
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    CR Mini-Retreat in Costa Rica?

    Hi Dean and all, All this looks great! Certainly I am interested! I have been thinking of starting to take my now-11-years-old son out regularly at least once a year on healthy eating and physically active trips with like-minded people and families. This looks even better than I thought! My son's school breaks: January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King Day January 27, 2017 Staff Learning Day February 20-24,2017 Mid-Year Recess April 10-14, 2017 Spring Recess For now I have a concern: my son has mysterious stomach aches once in a while. I need to have a plan on how to handle that during the stay. I would like to hear suggestions from other parents who plan to go.
  6. Dean, I am serious about investing in a new system where I can read and write while doing exercises. You are a great inspiration on this. Thank you. I am 5’2.5”. Could you send me links to any stationary bike and desk that may work for me? Does the bike have to use electricity?
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    Exercising while reading and writing

    Dean, congrats on your new stationary bike! It looks very cool! And it is an amazing deal!
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    Eating While Traveling

    Dean, this is great sharing. Thanks! How often do you vacation with your family every year? Are your vacations all or mostly active and outdoor?
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    Dean's Current Diet

    Dean, that is well said. That is such a good reminder for me. Thank you!
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    Live fast, die young

    Thank you, Al, for posting. I enjoy reading it.
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    CR: My Story

    Drew, that is a great story, thank you! Dean, your comments are great too!
  12. Recently I went to a cancer event at my local hospital. A dietitian was on the panel with a few cancer doctors. She recommended 9 servings of kale every day. A member in the audience asked one of the doctors, the director of the hospital's cancer treatment department, whether she followed that recommendation. She looked not very comfortable with this question. She admitted that eating those many servings of kale was either hard or impossible for her.
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    A CR Garden

    My local community farm uses black plastic, but mostly for suppressing weeds. Dean, where do you plan to buy black plastic for the growing season next year?
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    A CR Garden

    Dean, thank you for your responses. I will think about it. How do you water your plants? I guess you have a dripping system? Is your dripping system underneath your fabric? How much water do you give to different types of plants? How do you simulate one inch of rain?
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    A CR Garden

    Dean, your visit of your CSA looked great! Thanks for sharing! Is your CSA farm an organic one? I called my local master gardeners' hotline and asked them questions about my own veggies and fruit growing. I also threw in a question about using fabric/plastic after I read your update here. They did not like the idea of fabric/plastic because: 1. It is not part of organic farming; 2. It may overheat the soil and the plants 3. To avoid/reduce insects problems and disease, they recommended cutting off the lowest leaves of a plant so its base won't touch the mulch. How would you respond?
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    A CR Garden

    Dean, I like your fabric/plastic instead of mulch idea. Conserving water is a high priority for me. This is my first growing season. Currently I use wood chips. When a vegetable plant is small and thus its base is small, in order to cover all or most of the soil, the fabric/plastic needs to be placed close to its base. When the plant grows bigger, would you gradually move the fabric/plastic away from its base to make room?
  17. Dean, thanks for analyzing this 2012 study of Healthy lifestyle habits and mortality in overweight and obese individuals! It is great to hear when I have been having such a hard time losing the same 5 pounds! First I need to suppress my food cravings when I am alone. I am also torn between staying away from home kitchen as planned and being pulled by my 11-year-old son for helping him prepare his food. His eating window is different from mine. And I don’t do well as I should in an already very selected list of social events which unfortunately still have some food sharing themes. I guess I will rest for a couple of days. Then I will keep working on being 5 pounds lighter to reach my college weight. It will be a big personal challenge and a desirable test on my willpower/self-discipline.
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    A CR Garden

    Dean, I talked with my local master gardeners' hotline today asking about how to make sure that I water just the right amounts for different vegetables -- tomatoes, chard, watermelon, mint, and tree collard. It turns out that I may have watered them too much(everyday!). The master gardener on the phone said that she would use a hand trowel to pull out a few inches of soil around the roots (without hurting them), and feel the layers of soil. She wants the soil to be able to crumble in her hand. How do you know how much water is not too little and not too much?
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    A CR Garden

    Yes, it was very sad. That's what you get when you live in an suburban neighborhood full of McMansions and Jones... Your greenhouse looked beautiful to me! Yes, it is very sad and disturbing. How did the association find out about your greenhouse? Did they fly a helicopter over your backyard? Was the greenhouse in your backyard?
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    Benefits of Yoga and Tai Chi

    You are certainly right about not extending the knee past the foot while in lunges. That should be the rule for Tai Chi as well. And yes I agree that the deep stances look magnificent. I held my breath for my friend when I watched this video of 2015 for the first time. In that video, hee and his partner won the third place. Back in 2014, they won the first place. I noticed that his knees looked and felt stiffer in 2015.
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    Benefits of Yoga and Tai Chi

    Thanks for letting me know that you have problem viewing it. The setting was set to be private. That is probably why you cannot view it. I have turned it to be public. The link is correct. Please try again and let me know. Thanks!
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    Benefits of Yoga and Tai Chi

    Certainly that is a contributing factor. Also did you notice how deeply the professional athletes bend their knees for all their Tai Chi moves? Doing that for 8 hours a day and for many years are bad for knees as well. I don’t even bother to watch men’s singles and women’s singles because all those are even more demanding on jumps and other knee work. I only watch doubles because more points are given to synchronize between the two of them than to the crazy jumps.
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    Benefits of Yoga and Tai Chi

    I highly appreciate your perspective as a dancer! I have a few ballet DVDs at home. I enjoy them very much! I have a sensitive right knee. After one year’s intensive Badminton, it started to develop pain when I bent it even slightly. I had to slow down, let it heal itself while starting to pick up some gentle Tai Chi(with no jumps!), for the next four years. At several times I had serious doubts about whether I would feel normal about my right knee again. Now it has been over 5 years, it has healed a lot and the pain has gone most of the time. I give Tai Chi a lot of credit for that! It still starts to hurt when I run or jump on hard surface. So now my personal rule is NEVER do that again. Another benefit of Tai Chi is getting more mindful and sensitive about how my body parts respond to pressure and stress. I would stop doing any activity immediately if I sense a slight negative response from my right knee. By the way, the athlete in white in the men's double video is my friend. He is 27. He told me yesterday that he has recently retired. His knees are so bad that he cannot continue for one more year as planned.
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    Benefits of Yoga and Tai Chi

    Thank you for sharing your dance experience. I love to hear about it. I will respond tomorrow. I haven't shown you any men's double yet. Here is it with equipment. Absolutely beautiful too! Also here a mixed double with equipment. It is a must-see too!
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