Foundations

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking.” General George Patton One wonders if the General wasn’t prophetic.  Apparently, the Major News Media, Attorney General Eric Holder, Hilary Clinton and President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, as well as the head of the IRS, his predecessor, supervisors and staff of […]

Trojan Horse

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Recently, I heard several of my friends say they were going on a News diet. I admit I’ve felt similarly and left the fight periodically for R&R.  I find myself cycling between the resignation of living in a conquered land and the stewardship of educating myself and returning to battle the […]

Internal Musings

By Dr. Jim Ferguson From time to time patients ask me if I do surgery.  Of course, what they mean is do I perform minor surgical procedures, since it is obvious I’m no surgeon.  I tell them, yes, I can biopsy spots on the skin, lance boils and sew up lacerations.  In medical school I […]

Destiny

By Dr. Jim Ferguson In the opening minutes of the movie Saving Private Ryan, an old man is leading his family on a pilgrimage to Normandy and a WW II cemetery.  He kneels at the grave marker of the lieutenant (played by Tom Hanks) who led a band of army rangers to save him, the […]

Welcome Home!

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I have always had a sense of wanderlust.  And I have been blessed and able to exercise this passion for travel.  They say that people’s dogs often look like their masters.  My dog Jack is a feist, a terrier breed.  He really doesn’t look like me, but perhaps he has my […]

Quislings

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Groucho Marx once quipped, “These are my principles; and if you don’t like these, I have others.”  I started thinking about this old joke as I picked up a penny in the Kroger parking lot.  My wife thinks I’m crazy, but I like to go to the grocery and she encourages […]

Les Couleurs

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “The world stands out on either side, no wider than the heart is wide; Above the world is stretched the sky, no higher than the soul is high…” Edna St. Vincent Millay   I think it’s easier to comprehend the vastness of the ocean (and the world) from the deck of […]

The Doctor Is In: Winter Itch

By Dr. Jim Ferguson If you’ve got an itch, you’ve got to scratch it; but should you?  To borrow from the Bard, “To scratch, or not to scratch; that is the question.”  Maybe I’m focused on skin lately because my own nose is so red and painful.  Recently, my dermatologist prescribed a topical chemotherapy agent […]

Rhuematism

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I get as frustrated as anyone else when I hear that our government has given some researcher precious resources to study the mating preferences of fruit flies or build robot squirrels; I didn’t make these up.  And there are hundreds of even more wasteful programs.  For the last three years Senator […]

Altruism

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As I look up at the cloudy February skies and watch the cold drizzle fall, I begin to long for spring.   In fact, about the only good thing I can say about February is that it’s short.  Perhaps a sign of aging is that you long for southern regions in the […]