The Blue Line

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I became acquainted with the term “blue line stream” while trying to develop our property in Knox County. The wet weather drainage ditch at the back of our property was deemed a protected waterway by the Knoxville “EPA” acolytes. Mosquitos must be allowed a summertime stagnant water habitat. We are water […]

Wisdom from the Past

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Did you do it? Becky and I took the challenge and read the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. If you missed the challenge and the deadline, it’s not too late to read this soaring statement of Enlightenment thought and American ideals. We memorized portions of the Declaration of Independence in […]

To the Summitt

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a cruel condition. It takes away a person’s humanity and then their life. In ancient times a person was considered alive as long as they were breathing. In Genesis 2:7, God “breathed into man and he became a living being.” I imagined this as ensoulment in a […]

The Meaning of Things

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Words are the tools we use to express our thoughts.” (I occasionally like to quote myself.) It’s probably good we can’t read each other’s minds, so we’re left with body language and our linguistic communication tools. I sit on an advisory board for the care of the aging, and was recently […]

Barbarians at the Gate

By Dr. Jim Ferguson At the beginning of the movie Gladiator, the Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, is on campaign battling barbarians in what is current day Vienna, Austria. To a Roman, someone not a Roman was a barbarian, just as Hebrews referred to someone not Jewish as a gentile. Marcus Aurelius was considered a good […]

Origins

OnPoint Community Credit Union honors local teachers at award ceremony. Pictured from left to right: Emily Ferguson, K-8 Educator of the Year from Winterhaven School; Rob Stuart, President/CEO OnPoint Community Credit Union; Darlyn Chester on behalf of Doug Beardsley, 9-12 Educator of the Year from Reynolds High School

Origins

By Dr. Jim Ferguson How did you become what you are? This may seem an enigmatic question, but it is at the heart of two human yearnings; namely, where did we come from and what is our purpose? Philosophy, and considerations of Creation aside, it is obvious we come from our parents. They in turn […]

Back to the Future

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I grew up watching Looney Tunes cartoons. Every generation laments their “good ole days,” but the modern version of children’s television is vastly different from the old escapades of Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny and Foghorn Leghorn. I’m no expert on education, but I’m supposed to pay attention to what my grandson, […]

Food Fight

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m loathe to become involved in a food fight, having watched John Belushi in the movie Animal House. However, a recent challenge to dietary “group-think” in a British newspaper caused me to question the experts. The current standard is the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” published in 2015 by our Department of […]

Absurdity

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Absurdity has become the new reality. Of all the things that need attention in our country and the world, the major media, anarchists who masquerade as activists and liberal-progressives like Obama and Hillary have found a new battleground in our nation’s restrooms. I saw a cartoon recently which quoted President John […]

Survivor

By Dr. Jim Ferguson What a difference a day makes. Arguably, I was the same person the day before my latest PET scan cleared me of recurrent cancer. But that’s logic speaking rather than the roller coaster of emotions associated with what I call the “beast.” I have mixed emotions about telling my story. Many […]