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, […]


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 […]

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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]

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