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About the blog…

I am not sure when my fascination with monkeys began… probably the time one of the playful primates jumped into the stroller that my twin brother and I were in at the Milwaukee zoo! No harm done, just a good laugh and a great story for my parents to tell!  As many twins do, my brother and I developed our own special vocabulary as we learned to speak… our word for monkey was “mi-you.”

I have never owned a monkey, but my toddler son exhibits fearless and superior – freakish – climbing ability, so that is close enough. He also loves bananas almost as much as I do! So what’s with the name of the blog?

It may sound whimsical, sarcastic, odd, dumb, or child-like to you… let me assure you, it will be all of those things, just like me. Sometimes I feel like a monkey in a parade… chided and jeered by this world as I march to it’s twisted drum… but at times I love this march, banging away on a tiny cymbal as my friends in line laugh with me, cranking on their organ grinders and tooting on their kazoos.

All I am really looking for is a place to start conversations with old and new friends! I hope you join in the parade!

About me…

My name is Michael Novelli, and my wife Michele and son Angelo live in Elgin, IL. I am a writer, designer, and artist often looking for work!

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3 Comments on “About”

  1. Rodney Buck Says:

    Hey Michael,

    I’m not sure if you remember me from CLC. I graduated in 1999. I noticed your name on the echo the story curriculum that the middle school ministry is using at my church (Fox River christian Church – Waukesha, WI) where I volunteer. Prior to being in Wisconsin, I was a youth pastor in Elmhurst, IL for about 9 years. For the past 3.5 years I have beeen the program director for a Salvation Army camp in East Troy, WI. Good to see your name floating around. Hope all is well, God bless,

    Rodney Buck


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