Popes, POTUS and Putin

By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s painful for me to mention these three in the same breath or sentence, but this is our world today. Though I am a Methodist and a protestant, I was glad the Pope come to America.  For a while the Vicar of Christ distracted us from a fallen world. However, though […]

Sweet Urine

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Nattering, nabobs of negativity” pester me episodically to confine my column to medical issues. I rarely respond to such hectoring which is often merely illiberalism on display, where I’m told to shut up and figuratively “move to the back of the bus” with Rosa Parks. As I’ve said many times, I […]

A Living Being

By Dr. Jim Ferguson What defines a human being? This is not a rhetorical question. A new hominid was recently discovered in Ethiopia and was said to have lived “alongside” Lucy, the famous hominid ancestor of humans; that is if you ascribe to the theory of evolution rather than the Biblical account of human origins. […]

Declension

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Have we forgotten? Maybe we just don’t care anymore. Perhaps we’ve been led to such a degree of segregation that our politics not only shape our optics, but our reality. I know where I was on 9-11-2001. Do you? Every one of the Greatest Generation remembers where they were on December […]

Labor Day

By Dr. Jim Ferguson People ask me where I get my stories. I used to say stories just walked into my office, but these days I care for fewer patients in my small concierge medical practice, and I don’t have an office. Consequently, more stories come from medical journals, the news or my life. I’m […]

Memories

By Dr. Jim Ferguson One of the most iconic and intriguing works of modern art is Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. You may remember Dali’s visionary landscape of his native Catalonia festooned with melting clocks. One art critic described the surrealistic landscape as dreamlike, whereupon awaking the contents of the dream melts away. Everyone […]

Bullying

By Dr. Jim Ferguson We Tennesseans live in what is called a red state. You might find it interesting that the current color convention for politics was made popular by Tim Russet during the 2000 election cycle, and is obviously useful for television. Actually, blue has historically been more often associated with the Republican Party, […]

Reflections

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   To experience wonderful things you sometimes have to move out of your comfort zone. This can be a willingness to consider the perspectives of others or it can be a willingness to travel. These days, destination weddings are in vogue. My daughter’s destination wedding was at the top of my […]

Weddings and Rituals

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Rituals give structure to life, and while we should not become slaves to our customs, we shouldn’t needlessly discard them. Just as children need boundaries, patterns of living make us feel comfortable. And while rebels are sometimes lauded – from a safe distance – a civil society is made possible by […]

Wanderlust

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes it’s good to get out of your comfort zone. Travel certainly does this because so much is unpredictable, even with planning. My dad was a travel planner, a Francophile and an oenophile (your words of the week). He loved to meticulously plan his trips to the French wine country. I’m […]

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