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Tom Sims

by Tom Sims


Mark DeRaud grew up in the coffee house movement of the 1960s. He was, by his own description, an original “Jesus Freak.”
I remember those days. While Mark was hanging out in Atwater, I was doing the same thing in Richmond, Virginia. Whenever I visit a place like Mia Cuppa Caffe, I go back in time and forward in time.

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I decided to follow up on the article I wrote about the upcoming Earth day events in Fresno by visiting Fresno’s Earth Day last Saturday at Radio Park. The result was that I ended up with far too many ideas and impressions to report, fodder for future articles, and inspiration for networking and implementing new ideas. It was worth the three hours I invested.

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Earth Day Fresno

IN THE April 18 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


Earth Day is both an event and a movement. As a movement, it makes a difference, as an event, it is not to be missed.
Locally, Earth Day is a project of a group of dedicated souls including co-coordinator, Radley Reep who says, “It’s great to see so many people at Earth Day each year. It’s the public’s event really – a day of hope for a better world. Besides, it’s fun to see what’s new in the way of green products and to rub shoulders with those who have made environmental stewardship a part of their everyday lives.”

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After four years as a complete vegetarian, I decided to add some fish to my diet last summer. I needed the extra iron and was not getting it from supplements.

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Strolling: Riverwalk

IN THE February 7 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


Flow, river, flow. Flowing river, flow deeper, wider, faster, mightier. Flow.
And I wish, I wish, I wish it were so.
It was a walk.

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Strolling the Town: Toastmasters

IN THE January 24 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


If strolling is your thing and if you like meeting new people, there will be no excuses for being sedentary or lonely after you read this article. If you live in or around Fresno, pick a day of the week and there is a place to gather with friendly people, exchange ideas, and be supported in your own growth.
I am not referring to a self-help group like A.A.
I am referring to Toastmasters!

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Imagine living off the land and inviting others to come and see how you live off the land and how they can too.
I first heard of Basilwood Farm through a Facebook post from Philip Blackburn. I had known Philip most of his life and he was marrying Shelby Spruance. Shelby’s parents, Kim and Jill had bought five acres on a hillside near Morgan Canyon Road and were creating a little piece of heaven on earth where they could raise their own meat, eggs, and vegetables and live with the beauty around them.

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Christmas in Old Town Clovis

IN THE December 6 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…at least in Old Town Clovis.
It was November 29, 8:30 p.m., and I decided to take a stroll. The lights are already up. They are mostly tasteful and elegant. But they are also quite gaudy in some places, yet strangely compelling and welcome. It seems that the tasteless becomes tasteful when it is associated with the holidays, especially in a place that possesses a Christmas-town-like aura all year round.

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I walked into Raizana Teas and was engulfed in the subtle tranquility of a sensory invitation to partake of real tea in a real tea house, made by someone who really knows tea. Sol Orazco greeted me immediately and soon I was enjoying the best cup of tea I had ever experienced. And I was relaxing.

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Vintage Corner! Downtown Fresno

IN THE November 8 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


When do social conscience, love of community, creativity, and entrepreneurship converge?
The answer is, when business owners like those near the corners of Tuolumne and Fulton in downtown Fresno start to collaborate and look for ways to bring people downtown to experience its charm and potential in great expression of generosity and good business sense.

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I honestly did not intend to love P*DE*Q (pão de queijo). I did not really intend or expect to like it. I don’t know why. I just didn’t. Maybe I did not want to fall for a bakery. Maybe I had too many bad memories of something I don’t remember. Maybe I have no idea what I am talking about.

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A year ago, Craig Scharton opened a little spot on the Fulton Mall where other businesses have tried and failed. As the chief advocate of downtown at City Hall, he decided to put his money and his life where his words had been for some time and he opened Peeves Public House.

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There are some things that Chef Tara Hamilton would like for you to know.
If you are smart, you’d like to know them too.
It is a good thing that they are now included in a book that you can download and read with great pleasure, benefit, and interest.

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Strolling A Forgotten Corridor

IN THE September 13 ISSUE

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The first definition of a stroll at Dictionary.Com was not adequate for my purposes this weekend, “… to walk leisurely as inclination directs; ramble; saunter; take a walk …”
So, I took the second, “to wander or rove from place to place; roam …” That is because I walked a bit and drove a bit. It was just supposed to be a stroll, mostly by car, down a “forgotten” corridor of Fresno. I was going to mark and note some beautiful sites along the way where beauty is often overlooked.

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How could I have missed Rubio’s for the last four years? Perhaps it was because I have been eating a vegetarian diet all that time. There have been plenty of options for bean tacos in Fresno and I have stalked them out.

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A Summer Stroll in the Tower

IN THE August 2 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


It was a Monday night in late June and I was preparing to leave for the Holy Land, and I took a stroll in the Tower.
Strolling is what I do, sometimes slowly, soaking in the images and sounds around me. I want to experience where I am and who is around me. It takes time.

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It started on a Friday afternoon. I was in charge of our grandson, Kaibian until time for Vacation Bible School.
I had an hour to use up and I happened to pass Aerosports Fresno.

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by Tom Sims


Sometimes you have to compromise. You are with your family and the combination of their preferences, health biases, and commitments are not the same as yours. At that time, you look for a place where there might be a meeting in the middle, or at least more options. Then, you might end up at Hometown Buffet and wonder why.
More on that later.

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