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by Tom Sims


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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by Tom Sims


Recently, local religious congregations were treated to the following announcement from a local group of religious communities called “Faith in Community:”
“Do you believe that every life in our beloved city of Fresno matters? As people of faith, we know that all people are created in the image of God and that every life has inherent worth and dignity. We are facing some immense challenges – we have the nation’s highest concentration of poverty, second-highest metropolitan poverty level overall in the country, a 20 year difference in the life expectancy between Southwest and Northeast Fresno, and 8 of California’s 10 riskiest, most toxic neighborhoods.”

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by Tom Sims


It just so happens that healthy food not only makes healthy bodies, but making healthy food can keep minds healthy as well.
Among the community gardens in Fresno are some special gardens tended by elders who find peace, serenity, and purpose in the process of growing vegetables. In that same process, they produce food for themselves, their families, and their neighbors.

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Strolling The Town: Scour the Tower

IN THE May 3 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims



Karen Flood Nielsen really loves her old neighborhood, the Tower District. She sees beauty in its streets, alleys, lawns, shops, and unique homes.

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by Tom Sims


I am going to offer you three eating out options, two eating in plans, and one very global perspective today in our quest for healthy eating in the Valley.

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by Tom Sims


There’s a dirty little sixteen letter word floating around the streets. Sixteen divided by four makes four 4-letter words. It is “re-gentrification.”
Lots of people bristle at the word and the concept and there are class struggles that grow up around it. Those struggles may or may not be necessary or valid and there are well intentioned people with mixed motives on both sides, but I am not a sociologist in this particular hat. I am a stroller out for a stroll on a Sunday afternoon on the Fulton Mall in Fresno. City Council has done its business and now I am doing mine – strolling.

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by Tom Sims


Don’t just ask what makes Liz Sanchez of Casa de Tamales tick. That would be the wrong question. She doesn’t just tick; she pulsates with passion! It is the same passion when she talks about tamales, business, her family, her staff-family, her customers and her philosophy of giving back to the community. She does not separate her business from her life. It is one package with common interests.

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by Tom Sims


In Old Towne Clovis there is a barn filled with books, ideas, energy, and community. Dan and Peggy Dunklee have been in the book business for 12-15 years. The numbers are a little fuzzy and they could find the exact dates if they wanted to and if I insisted, but that is not the point. They’ve been book people for a long, long time.

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by Tom Sims


Buy your food carefully, cook it properly and whenever possible, grow it yourself.
Stay hydrated.
Drink good clean water and herbal teas with local honey.
Eat natural foods, raw or nearly raw vegetable.
Eats lots of fruit.
Get your protein …

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by Tom Sims


Are the performing arts alive and well in Fresno?
They are alive and thriving and the next generation is catching the fire and setting the world ablaze with brilliance.
From the age of five and upwards, young people and families can learn to dance in any style from ballet to tap, jazz, ballroom, Irish, or hip hop and more. They can explore the possibilities of visual art, gymnastics, or cheering. They can take vocal and instrumental music lessons, study acting, or combine any of these skill sets in the context of the performing arts at California Arts Academy.

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by Tom Sims


You can stroll through Fresno, veer off to the mountains and cities of Laos, and never leave your chair. As long as local photographer, cinematographer, and author, Joel Pickford is your guide, you can travel far and experience new worlds through his keen eye. What you see through his eye, is a combination of lights and images that evoke awareness, emotion, and a call to notice.

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by Tom Sims


When I stroll, I am aware that the things I see along the way are only a small part of the picture of the neighborhoods through which I walk. On the surface, I see the faces of people passing by, the facades of buildings, traffic in the streets and whatever landscape is presented. Everything seems to be working in one way or another.

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Christmas Greetings

IN THE December 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
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by Tom Sims


It seems so small to say, “Merry Christmas,” and leave it at that. It is merry. Our hearts are at their best when dancing between the realities of brokenness and giddy joy. We are warmed, we are delighted, carols surround us, lights invite us; we are caught up in the season of hope.

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