Whistles

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I lost my whistle recently. Many years ago my little girl tearfully reported losing her whistle after a trip to the dentist. Apparently, a shot of anesthetic to prevent pain from the dentist’s drill numbed her lip and affected her pucker. We smiled and reassured her that her whistle would soon […]

Facades

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Friends invited Becky and me to the recent UT-Vandy game. It had been several years since our last visit to Neyland Stadium. Becky and I are both graduates of UT, and she was a cheerleader! Both of us still cheer for our Vols, and when they win it’s good for the […]

Thanks-Living

By Dr. Jim Ferguson After illness and surgery it’s hard to get back in the swing of things. During the darker moments of my “sabbatical” I wondered if I would ever write again. However, the Psalmist wrote, “…tears may last for a night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5). My wife and I, […]

The Kitchen Drawer – 2014

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My wife, Becky, relates a story of a long departed relative who grew up in the Great Depression. This lady understood privation, and as a result saved everything for the proverbial “rainy day.” As the family sorted through her life’s history and estate (collections) they found a box full of tiny […]

Rhythms of Life- June 7, 2013

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Dr. Ferguson is on sabbatical after nearly eight years with the Focus. If you like this essay, there are more in his book, “Well…What Did the Doctor Say?” available online at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble – a great Christmas gift   Ethnicity has little to do with rhythm […]

Remedial Work – Oct. 24, 2011

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   Dr. Ferguson is on sabbatical after nearly eight years with the Focus. If you like this essay, there are more in his book, “Well…What Did the Doctor Say?” available online at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble – a great Christmas gift     My patient was deathly sick […]

Swollen Feet – Sept. 6, 2009

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Dr. Ferguson is on sabbatical after nearly eight years with the Focus. If you like this essay, there are more in his book, “Well…What Did the Doctor Say?” available on line at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble – a great Christmas gift!   The doctor-patient relationship is a sacred […]

Taste – July 19, 2010

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Dr. Ferguson is on sabbatical after nearly eight years with the Focus. If you like this essay, there are more in his book, “Well…What Did the Doctor Say?” available on line at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble – a great Christmas gift!      There’s no accounting for taste.  I […]

Magpies and Such

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m not a birdwatcher, but a writer finds it hard not to write about things under his nose or on his mind. And on returning from Colorado, I still have magpies on my mind. We don’t have these handsome birds in Tennessee, but they are common on “Brother Bill’s” Colorado ranch, […]

Quaking

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   Most of us think of a natural disaster when we encounter the word quake. Actually, the word in our English lexicon can be either a noun or an intransitive verb, as in shake or vibrate. But this week I want to challenge you with an additional definition of quake, and […]

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