By Dr. Jim Ferguson Recently, a friend and I agreed to disagree. I believe this is possible because we have mutual respect for each other, and we have far more in common than our differences. Unfortunately, the warring factions in Washington have lost sight of this perspective. It seems that power, party, politics and prestige […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus said that change is inevitable. Perhaps he came to this conclusion as an older guy standing in front of a mirror instead of considering flowing water referenced in his famous quote, “Panta rhei,” (everything flows). Don’t worry! This essay will not be a philosophical digression. Something […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Many writers have compared the seasons of the year with the seasons of life. As I approach threescore and ten years, I’ve done so as well. I fancy myself late in the Indian summer of my days, though frosty mornings and brown leaves, like my aches and pains, portend winter’s chill. […]

The Difference

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Thanksgiving is late this year, so my thankful thoughts are consequently a bit late in November. I am thankful for many things, certainly more than things I whine about, such as the aches and pains commensurate with traveling around in a body that is getting older. I didn’t say old, just […]

Music to my ears

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m a fan of many types of music. And I’m not alone in this appreciation which can at times be almost visceral. In fact, “music,” in the form of beating, drumming or rhythmic sounds predates human speech. The first sounds heard are those of a mother’s heartbeat, imprinted upon the soul […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson There is a proverb which says, “familiarity breeds contempt.” The notion is the more you get to know someone, the more likely you are to see their shortcomings. I disagree with this old saw. I believe the more you know about someone or something, the greater your understanding and appreciation, even […]

Travails of Modernity

By Dr. Jim Ferguson One of my axioms (Fergisms) is, “Old shoes and an older wife are to be cherished.” In other words, shoes that are broken in and still have their soles should not be discarded for the latest fashions. And before I get in trouble with the “older wife” observation, I was the […]

The Journey

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As is often the case these days, Becky and I are together in my doctor’s office waiting for the results of my most recent scans. It’s hard to speak of such things, especially for men of my era, because from a young age we were taught to keep things close to […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson On Columbus Day, I read a story about the intrepid Captain who, “in 1492, sailed the ocean blue.” (I suspect this was the first historical date I memorized.) But there is more to his story. Before Columbus sailed westward he spent more than a decade trying to convince the King of […]

Energy Density

By Dr. Jim Ferguson If my father had survived to 2019 he would have joined the ranks of a small group who, like my mother-in-law, are centenarians. We westerners marvel at those who have lived so long. Asian cultures often go further; they honor the accumulated experiences and wisdom of the aged and deem them […]

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