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featured-hidden-talentsIssue 10

If you spotted a piece of Birch: Handcrafted Wearables jewelry on the street, you’d probably think that the wearer had purchased it at a high-end store like Anthropologie. In reality, the business is a one-woman operation run out of a Turlock home – but looking at the quality and style

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featured-aestheticsIssue 10

When David Darmstandler and James Bates, co-founders of DataPath, approached local designer Adam Soares about bringing their 30-year-old office building into the 21st century, he brought back plans for a nice, clean, professional space that would have made any ordinary business owners happy. The problem was, lifelong friends Darmstandler and

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 10

Here’s a little-known fact: there are more than 70 design-related businesses and restaurants tucked in just a few blocks of downtown Modesto between 10th Street and 16th from I Street to K.   But if Bob Barzan gets his way, this fact will soon be known much more widely. Barzan,

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featured-healthIssue 10

As children, our generation was taught how to speak to others. We were taught to say please and thank you and, depending on our culture, whether or not we were to make direct eye contact when speaking with adults.  We were encouraged to say nice things about others and not

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featured-food-and-wineIssue 10

At La Mo Café in Turlock, food is a family affair – often quite literally. The three co-owners, Gloria Smallwood, Brityn Butrick and Hillary Smith are a mother-daughter team who began the venture two and a half years ago as a side project. At the time, Smallwood and Butrick were

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featured-contentmentIssue 10

I owe a lot to music. Many of my school experiences centered around my musical education. Throughout elementary, middle and high school, I participated heavily in my New York public school’s music educational programs. Whether it was orchestra, violin lessons, chorus, band or musical theater, I was constantly involved with

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Issue 10
cover-storyIssue 10

Here in Stanislaus County, our agricultural roots run deep. But what does this agricultural connection mean when the food we buy in stores and are served at local restaurants is shipped in from other places in the world?    The rise of the global food trade over the last century

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featured inspiring spaces
Issue 9Uncategorized

by Dana Koster Robyn Hewitt’s apartment is bigger than a gypsy caravan, but not by much. At less than 500 square feet and just two rooms—the space is divided into an upstairs and a downstairs, with no distinct rooms beyond that—Hewitt admits she sometimes has to get creative when it

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Contentment Health Mar/Apr cover
cover-storyIssue 9

by Justin Souza Beyond the secure door at Therapeutic Pathways office on 14th Street in Modesto, a stack of brochures topped with tiny smiling faces radiate with possibility. The front of the brochures bear the words “Motivated by caring. Supported by science.” For the parents of children with autism, there

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Contentment Health Mar/Apr cover
cover-storyIssue 9

by Kimberly Horg Even as a young girl, Cathy Calvin found peace and happiness in the company of horses.  Her love for the animals started at the age of three, when she would sneak out of her house to visit a horse named Stormy that her landlords owned and kept

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