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 […]

Our Gerber Baby

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   Old photographs convince me that the love and joy for my two girls was comparable to what I currently feel for my grandchildren. I’m thankful that I have these pictures to help me recall memories which have faded over three decades. These days people use the cameras in smart phones […]

The Angry American

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I had planned to write about cognitive aging, but then the Planned Parenthood video exposed the depravity of this organization and its agents. Recently, I wrote about the “moral vacuum” which occurs when religion is no longer considered relevant or hip and is replaced by the State. Secularism without a moral […]

Bumper Stickers

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Many years ago a sizable group of Americans were identified as the Silent Majority. I wonder what happened to these people. Did they change their conservative philosophy and morph into something else? Did they all die? I don’t think they were deported and now reside clandestinely in “sanctuary cities.” Perhaps they […]

Dependence Day

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   I can claim only partial credit that this week’s essay is timely. Actually, the Focus editor called my attention to the abbreviated schedule for the 4th of July holiday. Otherwise, I would, as usual, be out of synch with calendar events. (Some might say I’m out of synch with politically […]

Hindsight

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I always seem to be late writing about calendar events. I do okay with the big ones like Christmas and News Years, but I missed Father’s Day. Perhaps I’m tardy because my column appears once a week. You’d think I’d plan ahead, but I don’t. Maybe it’s because I increasingly live […]

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