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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Coming Home

By Dr. Jim Ferguson It was a momentous day for my friends and their entire family. Their son came home from war. He’s a naval aviator like my father seventy years ago, and had been deployed in the Persian Gulf for the last seven months. Our servicemen are exceptional people and they give me hope […]

Will the Real Mr. Smith go to Washington?

By Dr. Jim Ferguson How do they do it? How do they get up every morning and go out on the campaign trail, do their stump speeches and go to innumerable campaign events? I was sick of the whole process months ago. And we haven’t even begun the final battle of the fall. I’ve heard […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes people say things and it finally resonates with you. Becky and I are soul mates, but we just process information differently. Sometimes we don’t hear what the other says. Paul once said we all  have “gifts differing,” This week I finally understood that that dogma is the zeitgeist of our […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson It should come as no surprise that we often make judgements on appearances. We do this even though we know magazine cover-girls with airbrushed perfection aren’t real. Similarly, the facades of movie stars are often a far cry from their true nature. Why should anyone assume an actor has a valuable […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Last week I saw the first lightning bugs of the season; no April fooling! As most of you know I’m a Science Fiction buff, and have wondered what an alien might think on first encountering these marvels of nature which we too often take for granted. Paradoxically, the name “lightning” bug […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Some weeks it’s harder than others to write this column. This week’s essay is the four hundred and ninth essay I’ve written for The Focus, each with an average of 1000 words. Do the math; this calculates to four hundred and nine thousand words over the last eight years. Perhaps I’ve […]