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 […]

Americanism

Americanism

Recognition of the supreme being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism. Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor American way of life. — Dwight D. Eisenhower By Dr. Jim Ferguson And then they were gone. After spending a week with us, my daughter and her family have returned […]

628 Days

628 Days

To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots. Alexander Solzhenitsyn By Dr. Jim Ferguson This is a special time for me because as I begin this essay my daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren are winging their way to Knoxville from Portland, Oregon. Due to Covid, it has been 628 days since I last […]

The Premise

The Premise

The only thing that progressives do is make things progressively worse. Greg Gutfeld By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s a beautiful Wednesday afternoon as I sit down to write this column. Usually by this time something has popped up which interests me enough to spin into an essay. Currently, I’m having difficulty. I even surveyed notes […]

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub: For in that sleep of death what dreams may come… Hamlet by William Shakespeare   By Dr. Jim Ferguson My grandchildren are out of school for the summer, and despite Covid they passed all their studies. Actually, there was never a doubt. Unlike me, my grandchildren like […]

The Wilderness Years

The Wilderness Years

This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future! Adolf Hitler, 1935 By Dr. Jim Ferguson One of the most useful products of the modern world is […]

Persona

Persona

  The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell By Dr. Jim Ferguson Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my persona. Though the definition may encompass fictional literary characters, I’m including the definition of one’s public image or adopted social role rather than […]