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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

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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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by Tom Sims


There are several things you notice when you walk through the door of Kuppa Joy on Clovis Avenue in Old Town Clovis. One is that there are people present, working, conversing, and sipping coffees and teas in a welcoming atmosphere that is rustic and contemporary. You notice that there is community gathering in the room creating community.

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by Tom Sims


It is a beautiful valley where we live. Can we eat our way to better health here so that we can live in it longer? We have only one life, but we have a multitude of choices that are ours and ours only to make. The basic stewardship of our choices and our bodies will have much to do with enhancing the quality and length of our lives in this lovely place.

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by Tom Sims


Craig Scharton has no pet peeves except one. It is the furry kind, the kind that kicks and barks and wags his tail with delight. His pet dog, Peeve has something to howl about these days.

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by Tom Sims


Clovis is a special place. Walk down the streets of Old Town and you will catch a sense of the spirit of the village-city. The business community is vibrant and connected and there is expectancy, excitement and an array of events and opportunities for meeting people and exchanging great ideas. Much of this is due to the hard work of the members and staff of Clovis Chamber of Commerce. Most of their success is because they have employed and deployed Beth Bridges as Membership Director and Chief Networking Officer.

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by Tom Sims


My most resent stroll around Fresno was while doing something else, but then that is the business of strolling! It is also what one does downtown. I wanted to do Peeve’s Public House and Local Market next … and I will. In the meantime, they are getting a lot of fresh press. So I will come back to th

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Healthy Eating in Fresno

IN THE September 21 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


You can eat healthy food in the Fresno/Clovis area and it is easier than you think.
If you want to go to the bottom line of healthy eating, get down to earth. I mean real earth, dirt. Compost organic material and cultivate your own soil. Buy good seeds, plant and grow your own organic garden. If you have a yard, you can have a mini-farm. If you have a patio, you can have some plants.

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by Tom Sims


I vividly remember the first time I saw them. They filled the firmament over my head. My wife had called for me in the unmistakable and unambiguous voice that demanded I come. It was her positive and excited voice, but it was clear and urgent: “Come quick!”

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by Tom Sims


Everything is pretty low-key at Family Healing Center. That is by design. Even the name is designed to protect the dignity and privacy of a specialized group of clients. People come to Family Healing center because more than their bodies need healing–they have been hurt at much deeper levels. In most cases, they have been wounded by someone they loved or trusted; they have been violated and they have been betrayed.

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