Go outside and celebrate

Go outside and celebrate

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? Satchel Paige By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s finally over. For an adult, birthdays are not usually treated with fanfare. I guess this is because we’ve had so many. However, turning seventy was an exception for me. Instead of the usual “happy birthday” […]

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

Nothing connects the country like country. Ken Burns By Dr. Jim Ferguson A reader thanked me for last week’s essay about the Tennessee River and travel. In the essay I used Forrest Gump’s metaphor regarding life as a “box of chocolates.” Well, this week’s essay from Ferguson’s topical “sampler” may surprise the occasional reader, but […]

The Flow of Life

The Flow of Life

I hate to write; I love having written. Dorothy Parker By Dr. Jim Ferguson As a writer I have to disagree with Ms. Parker, the famous poet, satirist, critic and writer. But then she was perhaps best known for her wisecracks. My corollary to Parker’s quip is, “I enjoy writing; I love having written.” Sometimes […]

Lost in Modernity

There will come soft rains and the smell of ground, and swallows circling with their shimmering sound… Sara Teasdale By Dr. Jim Ferguson These days I often find myself button challenged. Last week’s column header was a quote from the opening lines of “A Tale of Two Cities,” where Charles Dickens notes “It was the […]


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]


People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening, People writing songs that voices never share And no one dare Disturb the sound of silence. Simon and Garfunkel By Dr. Jim Ferguson When an idea for an essay presents itself, I’ve learned to make a note because the thought may disappear, and every week a column […]


Silence in the face of evil is evil itself; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. Dietrich Bonhoeffer By Dr. Jim Ferguson It is now April 1st and Maundy Thursday as I begin this essay during Easter week. I am usually better organized writing […]

Reading and writing

Anything you dream is fiction. Anything you accomplish is science. The whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction. Ray Bradberry By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m always on the lookout for a story, especially an essay topic. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about communication and especially about writing. Each week for the last […]


“A society that puts equality ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom and the force introduced for good purposes will end up in the hands of people who will use it to promote their own interests.” Milton Friedman   By Dr. […]


Fools don’t change, don’t take correction, don’t take responsibility, and don’t adjust to truth. Instead they skew the facts and rewrite history to justify their behavior.’ Henry Cloud By Dr. Jim Ferguson The insanity worsens every day. Surrealism is an art movement perhaps best exemplified by Salvador Dali’s painting of melting clocks. As I look […]