The Shill

The Shill

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke By Dr. Jim Ferguson Some years ago, a friend told me that she once worked for a casino as a shill. I was clueless, so I went to the dictionary. Webster defines a shill as someone who […]

Reminisces

Reminisces

“Let’s start at the beginning, a very good place to start…”  —Maria from the Sound of Music By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m a big fan of old movies, especially musicals. But then I’ve listened to Beethoven’s fifth and ninth symphonies at least 100 times with the same enjoyment. Perhaps it is my age, but […]

Ignominious

Ignominious

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries. — Brutus from William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar”   In 42 BC, Rome was at war with itself. Julius […]

TMI

TMI

Those who can make you believe absurdities; can make you commit atrocities. — Voltaire By Dr. Jim Ferguson Years ago, when I was in traditional medical practice, I learned about TMI, defined by my nurse as “too much information.” One afternoon while going to my next exam room I overheard my nurse listening to recorded […]

Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Wynken, Blynken and Nod

“We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” Aesop By Dr. Jim Ferguson Lately, I’ve been asking myself, is anything working? We live in the information age, but is it even reliable? One of my axioms (Fergisms) is to “Read widely, consider carefully and use common sense.” I do and you […]

Confusion

Confusion

It is not good for man to be alone. Genesis 2:18 By Dr. Jim Ferguson And just when you thought it was safe to go out, Fauci and his minions scream No! I remember the Charles Schultz Peanuts column where Lucy would promise Charlie Brown that she would hold the football for him. And then […]

Coming to your senses

Coming to your senses

An evil enemy will burn his own nation to the ground to rule over the ashes. –Sun Tzu (from The Art of War) By Dr. Jim Ferguson There is the expression of reading or hearing something for the first time, despite having read or heard it before. You might say the situation refocuses your attention. […]

Sensitivity

Sensitivity

Medicine is the science of uncertainty and the art of probability. —Sir William Osler By Dr. Jim Ferguson I got “carded” last week at Chick-fil-A. You may find this hard to believe because they don’t serve adult beverages. My wife, Becky, and I are great fans of this restaurant chain and especially their spicy chicken […]

Absurdity

Absurdity

Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while other people are not held responsible for what they themselves are doing today? — Thomas Sowell By Dr. Jim Ferguson You might find it odd, but I like history. I aced Western […]

The Jeremiad

The Jeremiad

Any institution that is not explicitly (and actively) right wing will become left wing over time. —John O’Sullivan By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m reading through the Bible again this year, but instead of reading scripture “I’m listening,” as Frasier Crane once said. I’ve done audiobooks, and heard snippets of scripture read in church. However, listening […]

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