Gladiators

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I would not qualify as a sports fan, at least not by comparison to my sister- and mother-in-law. If Becky or I have questions about sports or the Vols, we don’t query Siri or Google, we call Mama-Jo. It’s probably good that I was out of town last week after my […]

Seasons

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Well, we have it on authority: Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on February 2nd, Groundhog Day, and therefore we will have an early spring. This prediction makes about as much sense as the predictions of thirteen polls which said Trump would win the “Hawki Cauci.” Frankly, I distrust pollsters […]

Neurotheology

By Dr. Jim Ferguson This week marks my 400th essay for The Knoxville Focus. One might consider this as a milestone and invoke special verbiage. However, what’s on my mind is a topic relevant in all circumstances. During my recent illness family, friends and fellow parishioners often said they were thinking and praying for me […]

Sunday Lunch

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I discovered the error of my ways at Sunday lunch. This has happened before. For many years my family and various friends met weekly at Greaty Cuckoo’s home right after the minister’s sermon ended. We adults gathered around the big dining room table that looked out over the Tennessee River, while […]

Rivers of Life

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Let’s start at the very beginning…” sang Julie Andrews in the The Sound of Music. Becky and I recently attended a wonderful stage production of this beautiful story. We moderns often take for granted cinematic magic. However, magic also occurs with a stage production where our imagination takes the place of […]

Thankfulness

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “I had just settled my brain for a long winter’s nap,” when the Focus editor informed me that there would be no rest at this year’s end. “The [paper] must go on” she said, and so I must put to paper my Holiday thoughts. I pulled a proverbial rabbit out of […]

The Present

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Ordinarily I don’t care for end of the year reviews. To me they imply torpid journalism. But, I’m not a journalist; I’m a columnist. So here’s a look at the present instead of the past. Actually, a “year in review” might not be too bad if full of pictures. However, my […]

Christemasse

By Dr. Jim Ferguson This year I vowed to be contemporaneous. With a column that appears once a  week, I seem to be always behind the latest news. In some ways that may be good for my blood pressure. This year I vowed to be pro-active with my Christmas essay. But, I needn’t worry. Christmas […]

Whistles

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I lost my whistle recently. Many years ago my little girl tearfully reported losing her whistle after a trip to the dentist. Apparently, a shot of anesthetic to prevent pain from the dentist’s drill numbed her lip and affected her pucker. We smiled and reassured her that her whistle would soon […]

Facades

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Friends invited Becky and me to the recent UT-Vandy game. It had been several years since our last visit to Neyland Stadium. Becky and I are both graduates of UT, and she was a cheerleader! Both of us still cheer for our Vols, and when they win it’s good for the […]