Googol

By Dr. Jim Ferguson No, my title is not a typo, nor am I referring to Google, the internet search engine, or a gargoyle.  These days we are bombarded with information and often by staggering numbers.  I remember when a millionaire was someone like Thurston Howell III on Gilligan’s Island; and I didn’t know anyone […]

Bone Tired

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A patient recently asked me how long I had been writing for The Focus.  I couldn’t remember.  However, I quickly divided two hundred and seventy essays by fifty-two weeks in a year and came up with five years of stories.  I’ve wondered if my muse will someday leave me, but it […]

Rhythms of Life

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Ethnicity has little to do with rhythm because my grandson Noah has it.  We don’t know where he got it because my son-in-law doesn’t dance.  Perhaps it’s some recessive or ancestral gene that courses through Noah’s blood and allows him to move like no white man I’ve ever seen. Sitting on […]

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 […]