Stay Safe And Cool In Summer Heat With Smart New Home Improvements

I’m extremely lucky to be living in San Diego. Our weather is nearly perfect year-round and I rarely have to run my air conditioner. (Sleeping with the windows open is one of life’s great pleasures.) Many of you reading this post aren’t so fortunate. (On the other hand, your property taxes probably don’t get you as hot under the collar, am I right?)

My latest Forbes.com article explores the latest ideas and innovations for keeping yourself and your home cool even when the thermostat climbs into triple digits. To inform this piece, I reached out to my architect bestie, Dean Larkin, AIA, as well as sports medicine doc Gregory Charlop, MD and another great pal, Eric Goranson, founder and co-host of the syndicated radio program/podcast Around the House. All three had valuable insights to share. All three will also be guest moderators on my Clubhouse WELLNESS WEDNESDAY segment this afternoon (4 pm EST/1 pm PST). I hope you’ll join us for a very cool convo. (Bring your questions too.)

Patio with dining table, grill, firepit, lounge furniture and overhead louvered cover.
Smart patio innovations make outdoor living more comfortable
(Photo: Dean Larkin Design)



There was another mass shooting on Monday, July 4th. These tragic, criminal episodes are not only increasingly common, they’re increasingly stressful. I’m re-upping this post I wrote after another spate of shootings on creating sanctuary at home. It’s sadly still relevant.

I’m also re-upping this very recent Food for Thought post on gun safety. I hope it can prevent future tragedies. Please share it with anyone you know who owns a gun and keeps it at home.

bedroom with bookcase, patio sliders, large white area rug and modern bed with white linens

Join me and my guest moderators for an hour of cool tips on beating the heat at home. We’ll talk about indoor and outdoor living, exercising, pets, babies and seniors. The convo takes place at 4 pm EST, 1 pm PST and all the related time zones. I hope you’ll join us!

Past Clubhouse Recordings

Here are links to Clubhouse recordings from past sessions.

2022 Recordings:

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I’m a pretty avid reader on wellness-related topics and decided to share some of the riches I’m finding with my Gold Notes readers. Here are a few links you might find interesting and helpful:


outdoor kitchen with white cabinets, stainless grill, warming drawer, ice maker and fridge drawers. Experts Share New Outdoor Kitchen Ideas And Trends - I recently put an offer in on a house for sale in my neighborhood. One of its strong attractions was its spacious fenced back yard; there's a lot I can do with that space, I thought to myself. Alas, I was outbid, but it still rekindled my passion for great outdoor spaces. Maybe you share… Continue Reading
lawn mower on grass in front of dog house (or play house) and kids slide. Pollution Linked to Dementia – What You Need to Know! - As a 60-something adult, brain health is something I think about often. Turns out, there's something else us mid-life folks should be thinking about too with regard to warding off dementia: air quality!  Continue Reading
Poolside table with built-in LED lighting (shown in purple) and waterfall cascading into pool. Table has four white chunky stools flanking it. Water Features Add Architectural Flair, Wellness Benefits And Real Estate Enhancements To A Home - The good news is, you don't need a patio or yard to add a water feature to your home, so condo and apartment dwellers rejoice! Continue Reading
Bedroom with modern bed, low side table and greige colored porcelain tile wainscoting. Five Unexpected Places to Use Tile in Your Home to Increase Its Value - Americans don't use as much tile in their home spaces as other countries, but that's starting to change. Porcelain adds wellness design and resilience potential, as well as sustainability benefits. Continue Reading
Traditional kitchen with light grey painted cabinets, floral backsplash and architectural hood. Staying Resilient in Tough Times - No one is going to argue that these past three years have been exceptionally difficult for many people around the country and around the world. Continue Reading
Chef sink with produce in an island with two seats at the end. These Three Wellness Factors Top Latest Healthy Homes Survey - What do women – and men – want? What are folks' top wellness priorities? According to a recent industry survey, these top the list: 1) mental well-being; 2) healthy diet; 3) physical fitness. How do these show up in the choices people make in where they live and what they change in their home spaces?… Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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