Stampedes and Solace

  By Dr. Jim Ferguson   Three weeks ago, who would have imagined that the stock market would fall 8000 points, OPEC would dissolve in an oil war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, Bolshevik Bernie’s campaign would go from the lead to the sewer, sports would cease and the world would lose its mind over […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson How do you know what you know is correct? After watching the Super Tuesday election results, it is apparent TV pundits are clueless. It begs the question, why do we still listen to people who are so often wrong? The crux of my original question concerns facts. Using our senses, we […]

Seasonal Reflections

By Dr. Jim Ferguson While campaigning in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton once intoned, “I don’t feel no-ways tarred.” Well, these days I often do. When I was younger, I used to get up, take a shower, drink Dolly’s “cup of ambition” and be at the top of my game. Not so anymore, at sixty-nine years […]

The Crats

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Even though I’m a science-based guy, I’ve come to appreciate language and words. I don’t know where this came from. My brother is also a science guy, and admits he doesn’t get good vibes from poetry or lofty prose. By contrast, I do, at least now. I believe my transformation was […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Ya know what makes me sick? You know what makes me so angry, ah could tease a fat man with a Twinkie?” Some of you may remember the banter of Earl Pitts, Uhmerikun, the fictional radio personality, whose outlandish  “editorials” were introduced with a bugle call of Reverie and ended with […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m not a numerologist, but I like palindromes. I hope you didn’t miss this rare tripartite palindrome on Groundhog Day, 02/02/2020. Actually, my focus on February 2nd wasn’t on numerical arrangements, but on the Super Bowl game and whether Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow. Fortunately, the Chiefs won in a […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I am often astounded by what people don’t know or what they think they know. A young professional recently told me she didn’t recognize the name AOC (Alexander Ocasio Cortez), the titular leader of the Democrat party. And last week the New York Times alleged that John Bolton, in a yet […]

Blood Sport

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I don’t know about you, but I am sick of this impeachment farce. Experts say that presidential impeachment is a political process, and from what I’ve seen I agree. This explains why I am totally fed up with the politics of Washington. I see this impeachment as nothing but spectacle, like […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson What constitutes a life? Arguably, some aspects are more important than others, and lately I’ve been considering the complexity beyond just structural aspects. “We are fearfully and wonderfully made,” but so is the house finch sitting at my bird feeder. The world is filled with living organisms of wondrous diversity and […]

Get Woke

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I assure you that I’m not fishing for comments, but sometimes I wonder if my essays make any difference or are even read. Perhaps I’ve said enough; some say so. According to marketing experts at The Knoxville Focus, the newspaper has a weekly circulation of approximately 50,000, including the online footprint. […]