Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagnaippe)

The real summer began yesterday afternoon in the U.S., so it’s the first full day of summer, and also World Humanist Day. Yes, it’s June 21, 2016, and I’ll be flying back to Chicago this morning. On this day in 1764, the town of Halifax was founded in Nova Scotia. In 1964, the three civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner were murdered in Mississippi by members of the Ku Klux Klan, a killing I remember well. Finally, on June 21, 2009, Greenland began self rule. If you’re a Greenlander (is that the right name for the residents), give us a shout-out.

Notables born on this day include Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), Ray Davies of the Kinks (1944) and writer Ian McEwan (1948). Those who died on this day include Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1908) and Carroll “Archie Bunker” O’Connor (2001). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is unusually concerned with existential matters, which means that she was recently fed:

Hili: How strange it all is…
A: What’s so strange?
Hili. The world. We are trying to comprehend it and it’s still incomprehensible.
In Polish:
Hili: Jakie to wszystko dziwne…
Ja: Co jest takie dziwne?
Hili: Świat, próbujemy go zrozumieć, a on dalej jest niezrozumiały.

And in nearby Wroclawek, Leon is Nap-Shamed!: (Cats sleep on average about 16 hours a day.)

Leon: I just take a nap and they are saying immediately that I’m a sybarite.



Finally,vwe have a squirrel from reader Diana MacPherson:

I have had migraine issues since Friday with this stupid weather front coming through (it’s in the mid 30s C). I worked from home today, which meant I got to see all the squirrels at the feeder. Here is a cute Eastern Grey Squirrel laying in the grass under the shade of a tree. He looks snake/weasel with his long tail.



  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 21, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Hili, you are not alone.

    Temps in the med 30s – that is hot. We got some relief last night with about 1.5 inches of rain. Should make for a humid day.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted June 21, 2016 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      The weather is better now that a cold front went through. Back to a high of 26C today.

  2. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 21, 2016 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Even in NZ it’s 20º C, and it’s winter here.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 21, 2016 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    It has taken years for me to ditch the “season X begins” view for the “season X peaked” view of the solstices. It makes more sense I think – unless “season” gets twisted into the common notion of season such as defining summer in the U.S. as beginning with Memorial Day and ending with Labor Day…

  4. mordacious1
    Posted June 21, 2016 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Am I wrong or is that squirrel facing the wrong way?

  5. rickflick
    Posted June 21, 2016 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    It occurs to me that Jean-Paul Sartre(b. 1905) would have taken both cats’ situations within the framework of his trademark, existentialism. The first combined with significant angst, the second with little or none at all.

  6. Shwell Thanksh
    Posted June 21, 2016 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Migraines are no fun at all. Hope you feel better soon, Diana.

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