Wednesday: Hili Dialogue with bonus Leon & Cyrus

Good morning! Happy midweek.

Today in 1598 William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice is entered on the Stationers’ Register, in 1977 Elvis Costello released his debut album My Aim Is True, and in 1942 it was an awful day in Poland when Jews were deported from the Warsaw ghetto to the concentration camp at Treblinka.

Fortunately, 22 July 2015 is a far happier day.

Zosia: You are overwhelming me.
Hili: That’s why I’m purring, full of satisfied empathy.


In Polish:

Zosia: Przytłaczasz mnie.
Hili: Dlatego mruczę, pełna zadowolonej empatii.

Even Cyrus is smiling:

And a bonus Leon monologue, Mr Serious Cat of Seriousness:

Leon: I’m waiting for an important phone call.




  1. rickflick
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Satisfied empathy certainly defines the cat-human interface.

  2. darrelle
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Two very content mammals there in that first pic.

    • Posted July 22, 2015 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      Clearly, Hili is a superb teacher in the ways of the cat, and Zosia an equal student. There are kittens not yet conceived who already owe both of them a great debit of gratitude….


  3. Posted July 22, 2015 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    On this date in 1962, seminal rock producer Steve Albini was born in Pasadena, California.
    Just to continue on the theme.

    • Diane G.
      Posted July 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

      And on this day in 1991, my daughter was born. 🙂

  4. Posted July 22, 2015 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    “Leon, LEON!!!”
    “Are you there???”

  5. Dominic
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    It is also the Rev. Spooner’s birthday 1844…
    From Jeff Kacirk’s great Forgotten English desk calendar –
    ‘At chapel one morning, he gestured toward some aging pews, intending to call them “weary benches.” But the shocked women occupying the pews heard Spooner refer to them as “beery wenches.”‘


  6. bluemaas
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    And, theme – wise, on this date y2010, my likely last grandkiddo wailed his first “Hello, World.”

    Gavin Leopold is five today; and while Grandmama Blue’s box to him remembered within it his two older sisters, it also contained nom treats for Hawkeye, Gingie and Tommy, the kiddos’ three ol’ workin’ / workin’ barn kitties.


    ps Yes, Wilson and Liza Jane got sumpin, too; and whilst they are those d*ggies, both are also working ones, Liza Jane, the mama of Wilson, the whitest white Great Pyrenees shepherd and rather spectacular at it she is, too: human children, chicks, goats, piglets, lambs, anything wee requiring protection.

  7. Kevin
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Ah…Portia used to be my heroine for all time…but then I found her to be slightly too retributivist. Still Merchant of Venice is sublime, potent, and full of intentional complexity…it is astonishing how much we can learn form it.

  8. Shwell Thanksh
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    I love the days when all the pets are happy! Except that sourpuss, Leon.

    • Posted July 23, 2015 at 9:22 am | Permalink

      Awww… I think Leon is just having a serious moment, rather than being full of puss and vinegar. 🙂

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