In Memoriam

By Dr. Jim Ferguson We gathered in Chattanooga’s Federal courtroom, but not for a legal battle. Because, as the presiding judge opined, this was a joyful occasion. Becky and I were there with Josie to support our “adopted” son, JP, his wife Reteysia and JP’s mother, Maria, as they took the oath to become citizens […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson   By the time you read this essay I hope many of you have in your possession a signed copy of my latest book, “Well…What Did the Doctor Say?” All my readers were invited to The Party hosted by The Focus, but I know life is complicated and some were out […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Let’s get”…political. Things are a mess and no rational person can deny it. Some people tell me I’m a fool to speak out against what’s happening in our country, since doing so will anger the illiberal crowd. “Liberalism” professes to welcome diverse opinions, but modern illiberalism doesn’t. Case in point is […]

Worth a Dern

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   You have to be careful what you say around children. Their minds are like sponges, absorbing the world around them, even though at times it may seem difficult to get their attention. The other day I was trying to get Oakley’s attention and after several attempts he said, “Wait a […]

Baby Boot Camp

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My life is certainly different than when I managed a large medical practice and was responsible for thousands of patients. I no longer take care of the herd, just sixty or so thoroughbreds in my concierge medical practice. I do stay busy and sometimes wonder how I got anything else done […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson   I love rainy spring days, and still whisper the childhood rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers.” Of course if you’re having a picnic or a garden wedding you’d wish for a sunny day, but without rain and water, life as we understand it could not exist. So, I’m glad for […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson   I’ve been thinking about miracles lately. Mr. Webster gives three definitions of miracles. One is secular and the other two describe extraordinary events as the work of God or a “divinely natural phenomena experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law.” I especially like that definition which sounds a lot […]

Tyranny of the Minority

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I think we too often take life for granted. The poet Walt Whitman once wrote, “The world is too much with us.” I believe he was saying that we are so busy that we overlook the beauty around us. And I believe too many ignore the Creator and take liberty for […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson   I’ve been thinking about swimming lately. Not because I like to swim because I don’t. Swimming for me is not the fluid or powerful strokes of an Olympian, but struggling to avoid drowning. I remember my mother taking a station wagon load of us kids to swimming lessons one summer […]

Pollen, Viruses and Nanites

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Spring seems tantalizingly close, even though it’s cold and rainy today.  By this time of the year most of us are sick of winter, and any “backsliding” of spring is unacceptable.  We even give the cold-snaps of spring colorful names like redbud or dogwood winter.  Last year my fruit trees suffered […]

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