Continent or not

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Old shoes, old dogs and an older, but lovely, wife are blessings. I’m glad I don’t need to make a fashion statement and can focus on function more than form in the shoes that I wear. I do appreciate the discomfort that women sometimes endure in their quest of the perfectly […]

Facades and Euphemisms

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Apparently, Tennessee’s Senator Bob Corker would prefer President Trump insult Putin in front of the whole world at a press conference rather than exercising civility. You realize no president has ever insulted another leader publicly face to face. The leader of the Russian Federation is a small man, but is a […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson What anchors you? In other words, what constitutes your foundational supports? I’ve been thinking about this lately. I have a friend who maintains that her anchor is scripture. I agree with her that the wisdom of scripture is paramount, but I believe there are other domains which should be considered. In […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson It is Independence Day (July 4th) as I pen this essay. Actually, I don’t use a pen, but move electrons around on my laptop to make words to express my gratitude to all those who have ever served in the military and who guard my freedom. I graduated from high school […]

A Perfect Storm

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As I pen this essay, the rain we sorely needed continues to fall. The saying goes, be careful what you wish/pray for. However, I like rain and summer storms. There’s a wonderful and evocative piece of music by Antonio Vivaldi called “The Four Seasons.” I often think of one section of […]

Reality Check

By Dr. Jim Ferguson It is apparent that facts are irrelevant to the Trump hatred bunch whose nom de guerre is “the resistance,” but whose calling card is the F-bomb. Actually, the resistance is a euphemism for what has become unhinged depravity. The bile that exudes from mainstream media, Democrat progressives, Holly-weirds and Twitter anarchists […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson As a kid I remember reading about the boy, Aladdin, from the book “One Thousand and One Nights.” Often, I would dream of finding a magic lamp with a genie who might grant me three wishes if summoned. I’m a man now, a scientist and have trouble with the childhood notion […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson One of my observations of life (Fergisms) is that parenthood is a state of constant concern about your children, and intermittent worry. Since I have four grandchildren – and another on the way- I believe the state of concern extends to grandparents. However, the joys of children far outweigh even the […]

Samson in the swamp

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Who do you listen to these days? Perhaps you’ve quit listening all together. Most folks I know stay at least partially engaged in the events of the day, but sometimes I wonder. There is an excuse for being uninformed. Though we live in the Information Age, we nonetheless exist in the […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson As Becky and I travel, it’s not unusual for people to ask me if I’m from Texas. I don’t wear a ten gallon hat, but apparently I have an accent confused with a Texas drawl. Actually, my accent is East Tennessean with a nasal drawl. I often respond by noting many […]

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