Monday Morning Mark • 73
Starting A Whistling Club • One-Eyed Pirates • Art Is Good For The Soul • Giraffes, Monkeys, And Wrestling
Advice For Kids by Kids
Starting A Whistling Club
If you are trying to start a whistling club,
don’t invite kids who eat lots of crackers.
— Bethany Tweet. Indianapolis, IN
Captain Peanut Butter is a character I created when my children were young. I was driving the car one day and one of my daughters said, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.” Using my best super-hero voice I answered, “I’m not Daddy, I’m Captain Peanut Butter!” It became a running gag.
Many years later, after the girls had grown, I started creating silly quotes by Captain Peanut Butter and posting them on Facebook for friends and family. This is one of my favorites. I always imagined them as comics, so in 2018, I made this one.
One Minute Wit
Art Is Good For The Soul
They say that art is good for the soul.
So every day at lunchtime, Jacques and Camille meet at the Louvre,
and play Wordle.
Jude The Animal Expert Dude
Giraffes, Monkeys, And Wrestling
Any student of the animal kingdom knows that the lives of one species of animal are often deeply intertwined with the lives of another.
Take the giraffe and the monkey. It is more than shared habitat that brings these two species together. It is actually the love of sports that creates their strongest bond.
Most people know monkeys are a barrel of fun. But what they may not know is in the wild, monkeys like to host wrestling matches. I discovered this through extreme subterfuge and a very expensive giraffe costume.
But what good is a show without an audience? This is where giraffes come in. Giraffes love wrestling. But their anatomy makes them far better spectators than participants.
When there is no danger present (giraffes are excellent lookouts), giraffes often form a huge circle out on the plains and watch as monkeys participate in wrestling matches.
Because monkeys are relatively small, it can be difficult for a giraffe to see them on the ground wrestling.
So as one giraffe stood behind another, they would often stretch their necks, trying to see over the giraffe in front of them. Eventually, this led to the long necks they have today.
— Jude The Animal Expert Dude
The Tweaks Go On
The Bakery Is Moving
I started Monday Morning Mark as a way to get new readers for the hundreds of humor and fiction stories I had written on Medium over a three-year period. Stories that were no longer being read because they had vanished down Medium’s single-column feed.
Being a musician, I like to think of Monday Morning Mark as my “greatest hits” newsletter (album.)
I recently started the “Fresh Baked Friday” newsletter to publish new stories. I have decided to combine both newsletters and focus on Monday Morning Mark. Which will now be a combination of new stories and “greatest hits” stories (that hardly anyone read.🤣)
Thanks for bearing with me while I transition Mark Starlin Writes! into a manageable, fun experience for all of us.