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Strolling the Town

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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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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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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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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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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Strolling The Town: Scour the Tower

IN THE May 3 ISSUE

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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


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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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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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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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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