The Rat Park

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Hardly a day goes by without some story, tragedy or crime related to drugs. Statistics tell us that we are in the middle of a drug epidemic and Tennessee is an epicenter. In our state the per capita usage of opioids, like hydrocodone and oxycodone, and the use of benzodiazepines like […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Families are living organisms, analogous to human beings. Humans are comprised of integrated organs; correspondingly, each member of a family plays a vital role in the whole. There is an African proverb which says, “It takes a village” to raise a child. The proverb emphasizes the village, a community which is […]

Blood Sport

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I made myself tune in to the first Presidential debate. I felt it was my civic duty to consider these two pugilists, one of whom will be our next President. Unfortunately, these so-called debates have become spectacle, hyped by the truly despicable and dishonest main stream media. These creatures still describe […]

I’ve Had It!

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’ve had it with the NFL and its politically correct commissioner Roger Goodell. This dude makes a salary of $3.4 million a year, and with bonuses from the various team owners, his 2015 compensation was almost $35 million. I realize it’s wrong to blame everyone for the actions of a few, […]

Rivers of Life

By Dr. Jim Ferguson After last week’s polemic, I need a rest from our country’s civil war; and so do my readers. Life will go on without listening to Clinton and the Trumpster’s attacks on each other. There will be ample time to re-engage before November 8th. And frankly, though there may be disengaged, clueless, […]

Running Hot

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I used to say that by the time I woke up, took a shower and drank a cup of coffee, that would be the best I’d be all day long – and it was downhill from there. It’s still true, but it takes longer to get going these days, because I […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Lately, grandchildren have been on my mind a lot. Becky and I kept the two known as the “cute ones” over the weekend, and my other daughter, who lives in Portland Oregon, is in labor as I begin this essay. Thirty-seven years ago my wife, Becky, was in labor with our […]

Celebrating Life

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My friend always said she wanted to stop traffic on Kingston Pike, and last week she did. Not only did Chris stop traffic in West Knoxville, she caused people to pause in reverence as her horse drawn hearse left Mann’s Heritage Chapel and traveled down Kingston Pike with a motorcycle police […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson My minister recently preached a sermon entitled Who Are We? It seems best to change the pronoun to I and consider “Who am I?” Reflection is inevitable for a contemplative like me, but is fundamental to everyone, at least to some degree. Wisdom teaches that humans are unique because we think, […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson For thousands or millions of years – depending on your interpretation of science and scripture – mankind has had a symbiotic relationship with bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract or “gut.” In fact, a depletion or eradication of bacteria with antibiotics often causes disease. An example is “antibiotic colitis” which results from […]

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