By Dr. Jim Ferguson Here we go again. Deranged people shoot up a big box store and then a bar. Politicos grandstand and perversely fundraise on tragedy. The media manipulates the situation and people lament as they demand the government do something to fix the ills of society and the darkened hearts of men. Guns […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Ticks are disgusting creatures, especially the large “fat” ones on your dog. I have the same visceral opinion of maggots and blood worms, the latter we recently found in our pasture. There is a principal in physics which holds that nature abhors a vacuum. By analogy, everything in nature serves a […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s a good thing I live in the south because I like hot weather. I’d rather be too hot than too cold – as long as there’s a bit of summertime air-conditioning. A hot, sandy beach in mid summer is not my cup of tea. I’m more of a mountain man […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Dr. Ferguson you were terminated in December 2018.” I was informed of my “status” while trying to refill a patient’s medication with a mail order pharmaceutical company. I asked the lady how I could be terminated from an organization I had never joined. She had no answer and referred me to […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson The role of grandparents is certainly different than for parents. We have four grandchildren under seven years old and our function is to be supportive of the family and to serve as role models. We also have a fifteen year old grandson, but he is on teenager “autopilot.” Becky and I […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Memories are strange things. My wife Becky can recall the relationships of friends and family down to a third cousin once removed. And I can recall the Hebrew kings of the Bible and the history of Ancient Greece and Rome. Arguably, this may be somewhat of a “man thing” because women […]

Traffic Patterns

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Except during medical school, I’ve lived in Knoxville all my life. I love my hometown which is not too big or too small and, of course, we have the Vols! However, a common complaint of city life is traffic. And Knoxville’s traffic situation has become insane. We live in the UT […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson You might not be aware that your heart operates by electricity. No, not like an electric lamp or a hybrid car’s battery. But, nonetheless, the heart functions by electromagnetism, utilizing one of the four fundamental forces of the universe as defined by physics. The heart is comprised of muscle, blood vessels […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I am Trinitarian in my faith, but also philosophically. I maintain that four choices are often too many and two are not enough. Three seems about right to me. My wife Becky says I can find three options for almost any situation. My father was a Navy officer and perhaps it […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson As my readers know, I am a stickler for words. After all, words are the only tools beyond body language we have to communicate our thoughts and feelings. Mr. Webster advertises nearly a half million words in his on-line English dictionary, and I doubt this includes all the legalese, medical-ese and […]

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