Glad To Be Imperfectly Awful

  For reasons we might want to explore at some other time, I spent over 30 years toiling in the corporate vineyards as an advertising copywriter – an occupation which enjoys a level of social prestige roughly equivalent to that of garbage collector, lawyer, and snake oil salesman – although to be sure – the […]

Admire Doctor King’s Dream? Then Wake Up!

  Lena Horne                   Kate Smith Lenny Bruce practiced a confrontational, political form of comedy that relied heavily on shock. He had a famous bit on the subject of racism he directed towards all white males in attendance. It went like this. Imagine you are shipwrecked on a […]

Help The Cause Of Mental Health Awareness

When I sat down to write Invisible Driving in 1990 there was no way to know that this simple act of literary recklessness would hurl me down a path of mental health advocacy ultimately culminating, 22 years later, in the conclusion of this sentence. Such is life in the land of Whackadoomious. Prior to writing the very […]

The Great Creativity Quote Quiz

Can You Accurately Attribute These Pearls Of Wisdom? “Poetry is far too important to be left to the sane.” a.) Heavy D b.) Morbidly Obese D c.) Physically Fit D d.) Taz Mopula “Mediocre art misrepresents reality; great art obliterates it.” a.) Martha Stewart b.) Norman Rockwell c.) Stacy London d.) Taz Mopula “If you […]

The Great Art Quote Quiz

Match The Pithy Quote With Who Really Said It 1. “Poetry is far too important to be left to the sane.” a.) Rod McKuen b.) Richard Bach c.) Erich Segal d.) Taz Mopula 2. “Mediocre art misrepresents reality; great art obliterates it.” a.) Grandma Moses b.) Norman Rockwell c.) Andrew Wyeth d.) Taz Mopula 3. […]

DSM-5 Challenges Sanity Definition

Most of us who wrestle with mental health issues also must confront feelings of low self-esteem. When we fully appreciate that we are not quite “normal” we may come to believe that we are “less than”. But that feeling does not last forever. For the most part we work hard to address our maladies and […]

It’s Lonely At The Top

The students who attend Tucson University, America’s most prestigious online learning resource, are scattered throughout the country. Consequently, a traditional graduation ceremony is both logistically challenging and inappropriate. This year’s graduation ceremony was special indeed. Because Tucson, (sometimes referred to as Virtual U), finds its entire existence in digital ether; featured guest speaker Taz Mopula […]

Heard This One?

Life is not funny; indeed, life repudiates all attempts to describe it. People, on the other hand, with their vanities, hubris, delusions, and complete inability to accept existence as it is, are endlessly funny. The closer you get to the dark, corrupt heart of humanity the harder you laugh. For me; truth, art, humor and […]

Wild Turkey

Philadelphia is one of the nation’s most important cities, culturally iconic, socially complex, eminently livable. Like other major metropolitan centers it has a dark side characterized by heartbreaking poverty, despair, and brute violence. As readers of my 1st novel – MOONLIT TOURS – will recall, I worked as a cabby there way back when. During that time, […]

Self Medication

The first time I heard the term “self-medication” I laughed out loud. In searching for an analogy one thinks immediately of the old adage – the lawyer who defends himself has a fool for a client. But that’s when the stakes are low, going free or going to jail. How about when the stakes are […]