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Tom Sims

by Tom Sims


For some years now, I have been exploring the question: How do you eat for health in the Valley?
How do you do it when you have to find a common place to eat with people who have other needs, interests, or tastes? How about the changing demands of your physical condition, which require restrictions, additions, and special considerations and balances?

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Changing the World in Fresno

IN THE August 15 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


They came from all over the country and converged upon Fresno and about 48 other cities this summer. They came to change the world and they did change the world for thirteen families in Southeast Fresno.

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Hidden Homes Nature Trail

IN THE July 11 ISSUE

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It was time for a stroll, grandpa-style.
It is a good assignment: Discover a new short trip, experience it, and write about it.
The Hidden Homes Nature Trail is located at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies at 11605 Old Friant Road.

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by Tom Sims


Manchester Farmer’s Market is a neighborhood venture, created by neighbors who care about their community and are making a difference every week. Manny and Mary Yanez are those two people and, out of their vision, Manny’s need to do something with his time, and Manchester Mall’s welcome to morning walkers, a great venture was launched.

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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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by Tom Sims


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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by Tom Sims



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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by Tom Sims


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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by Tom Sims


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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