Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on December 29, 2016, with one shopping day left before the Last Day of Koynezaa. In food holidays, it’s both National “Get on the Scales” Day and National Pepper Pot Day (“the soup that won the American Revolution“), the former presumably meaning to see how much weight you gained over Christmas. But the holidays aren’t over yet! And in Mongolia it’s Тусгаар Тогтнолын Өдөр, or Independence Day, when the country gained independence from the Chinese Quin Dynasty (1911).

On this day in 1890, the Wounded Knee Massacre took place in South Dakota, with at least 150 Lakota men, women, and children killed by U.S. soldiers, many of whom received the Medal of Honor. Here’s a photo of dead, frozen Lakota being placed in a mass grave. woundedknee1891

On this day in 1911, James Joyce’s first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Manwas published in America (it had been serialized in Britain, but no British publishing house would issue it as a whole.) In 1989, Václav Havel was elected the first president of non-Communist Czechoslovakia, and in 1996 a peace treaty ended the 36-year civil war in Guatemala.

Notables born on this day include Pablo Casals (1876), Mary Tyler Moore (1936), Rick Danko (1943, died 1999), Gelsey Kirkland (1952), and Jude Law (1972). Those who died on this day include Christina Rossetti (1894), Tim Hardin (1980), and Nobel Laureate Julius Axelrod (2004). Last night I announced the sad news that Debbie Reynolds died, only one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died.  Grania found this tw**t of a very young Fisher watching her mom perform:


Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, the days have been festive
But due to the weather the beasts are quite restive;
They’re now very keen to get out of the house,
So Cyrus can run and Ms. Hili can mouse:
Hili: We have to lose patience.
Cyrus: And that means…?
Hili: Bark.
In Polish:
Hili: Musimy stracić cierpliwość.
Cyrus: To znaczy?
Hili: Szczeknij



  1. mfdempsey1946
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Pablo Casala must be Pablo Casals.

    Typos are worse than cockroaches, as I know all too well myself.

    • bric
      Posted December 29, 2016 at 7:08 am | Permalink

      Pau Casals playing El cant dels Ocells in 1956

      • bric
        Posted December 29, 2016 at 7:10 am | Permalink

        sorry it’s the 1961 White House performance (Casals was 75)

  2. GBJames
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    I really like that Fisher/Reynolds photo!

    • darrelle
      Posted December 29, 2016 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Me two(too).

  3. bi3
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 7:05 am | Permalink

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  4. Christopher
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    I’ve never had pepper pot soup. Now that I know it contains tripe, I never will. Is that what caused the yanks to win the revolution, fighting for a decent cut of meat?

  5. bluemaas
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Ms Hili’s and Mr Cyrus’
    threshold conversation of today,
    Mr Koraszewski, made me smile !

    Totally ( &, likely as well
    patience – wise, t o t e s ) true !


  6. Max
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I can’t find an angle that matches, but in that picture of Carrie Fisher she looks just like Jackie Coogan in Chaplin’s 1921 film “The Kid.” (Coogan grew up to be Uncle Fester.)

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