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Notations On Our World (Special Edition): Guidance on the Heatwave in California

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  With temperatures set to exceed 110 degrees throughout much of the state this week, the state is urging Californians to take extra precautions as they celebrate the Fourth of July.   Governor Newsom directed the Office of Emergency Services to activate its State Operations Center and move into Phase II of its Extreme Temperature Response Plan. This is triggered by National Weather Service (NWS) predictions of excessive heat activity and moves the state into action to coordinate an all-hands response by state government.   The state has already begun outreach to a network of community organizations to ensure the most vulnerable Californians can access resources like  cooling centers . Additionally, the state is enforcing heat protections for outdoor workers.   Figure 1 The National Weather Service forecasts Extreme HeatRisk for much of California this week. (Screenshot of Thursday's HeatRisk)   Excessive heat warnings and watches are in effect for much of California starting Tuesd

On Our "Virtual Route 66" With this Special Quarter-End Edition

  9 Secrets of Blue Zones: How Many Do You Follow?   Average Americans are living 10-15 years  less  than people in other developed countries.   That's a shocking finding, but what's driving it?   I recently sat down with author, researcher, and explorer Dan Buettner on my  Moonshots  podcast to help answer this question. Dan is a brilliant friend who has spent the last few decades researching "Blue Zones," a phrase he coined for regions of the world where people routinely live beyond 90. (Note: Dan now uses a new metric called "health adjusted life expectancy," meaning the years of life you can expect to live in full health, without chronic disease or disability, what I call healthspan.)   In today's blog, I'll summarize Dan's research findings and the 9 fundamentals of Blue Zone wisdom that could help you add years to your life.   Let's dive in…     9 Fundamentals of Blue Zone Wisdom   During Dan’s decades of research, he’s identified 9 com

Notations On Our World (Special Quarter-End Edition): Brighter Days

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Our team decided to embrace the theme of Brighter Days as we selected this for our "closing thought" for the quarter throughout all properties because of our firm belief that there are indeed brighter days ahead in spite of the raging war in Gaza, Ukraine, and the on-going economic and climate challenge. For that, better tomorrow!!!

Notations On Our World (Special Friday Edition): GEN (Ret.) David H. Petraeus - Conflict

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Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On The California Heatwave

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  California is expected to experience extreme heat in the upcoming days. Summer heat waves can be dangerous, especially for people who may be more sensitive to the heat. That includes young children, older adults, people with chronic diseases, outdoor workers, people who are unhoused, and those who are pregnant.   As California undergoes more frequent and severe heat waves, Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced the  ready.ca.gov ,  a new, one-stop shop for Californians to prepare for emergencies and extreme weather. The new website is part of  Listos California , which is a state effort that connects communities with resources before, during and after emergencies. In addition,  the Department of Public Health has created a  Heat & Summer Safety toolkit  to provide resources and communication tools that can be shared.   There are four simple ways to help keep your family and community safe this summer: Stay Cool (During the Hottest Times of the Day)  If you are getting too hot,