It’s Thursday, June 16 (excuse my slipup yesterday about why we weren’t halfway through the year; all I can say is that you try writing half asleep at 4:30 a.m.! I’m off to California tomorrow morning for more R&R, and will be back Tuesday. Posting will be light, so bear with me; like Maru, I do my best.
On this day in 1904, James Joyce began his romance with Nora Barnacle, furnishing plenty of material for Ulysses, including the final soliloquy. And, of course, that was the exact day portrayed in the novel, in which all the action takes place in Dublin. (Joyce did that to commemorate his tempestuous romance), so it’s officially BLOOMSDAY!
Notables born on this day include Adam Smith (1723), Edward Davy (1806), Barbara McClintock (1902), and Joyce Carol Oates (1938; she has a Bengal cat). Those who died on this day include Wernher von Braun (1967). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili pretends to have wisdom:
A: Look how beautifully the roses are still blooming.Hili: Any fool can bloom, the question is how to wilt beautifully.
Ja: Patrz jak te róże nadal pięknie kwitną.
Hili: Kwitnąć każdy głupi potrafi, pytanie jak ładnie więdnąć.
Out in Winnipeg, Gus is intently watching a bird, completely ignoring the photographer:
Extra lagniappe: the latest episode of Savage Chickens by Doug Savage (h/t: jsp):