Category Archives: Gus

Friday: Hili dialogue

Congratulations! We’ve almost made it through another work week, as it’s Friday, April 21, 2017. It’s also an odd food holiday: National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day. An estimable comestible to be sure, but I’ve never had one. It’s also an important Rastafarian holiday in Jamaica: Grounation Day, honoring Haile Selassie’s 1966 visit to Jamaica. On this day in […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

PCC(E) has returned, and today I resume the Hili Dialogues, with copious thanks to Grania for steering the leaky old tub in my absence. And good morning on April 19, 2017—National Rice Ball Day. But rice balls are boring compared to the noms celebrated yesterday, which was National Animal Crackers Day.  To re-experience that childhood treat (remember […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Today archaeologist Leonard Woolley was born (1880-1960). He headed up the expedition that first properly excavated the ancient Mesopotamian city-state of Ur, including remarkably unlooted royal tombs and temples. British actor Sean Bean also has a birthday today, known best for his roles in Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and the interminable Major […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning! In 1964 the Beatles pulled of something of a coup occupying the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100, a feat yet to be matched. No. 1, “Can’t Buy Me Love” No. 2, “Twist and Shout” No. 3, “She Loves You” No. 4, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” No. 5, […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

by Grania The days go by, and we are already heading for the end of the week. Today in 1981 an assassination attempt was made on Ronald Reagan injuring him seriously, as well as two others. The would-be killer John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty for reasons of insanity and spent the next 35 years in […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Today is the birthday of  Italian Renaissance painter Raphael (1483-1520) one of the three great artists of the period along with Leonardo and Michelangelo. He left an impressively large collection of work behind him, considering he died very young at the age of 37, from “excessive sex”, or at least, so said his […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (with bonus Gus)

by Grania Good morning! Among the many celebrating birthdays today are Steve Tyler (1948) and Diana Ross (1944). It’s not easy to choose just one song for either of them as they are prolific and have had long-lasting careers. It is also the birthday of Richard Dawkins (1941), Nancy Pelosi (1940), Watergate-busting journalist Bob Woodward […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue – cats & Twitter

by Grania It’s the birthday of Twitter (2006). I love and hate it, sometimes at the same time. Depending on who you choose to follow – sometimes as a pure voyeur – it can be an echo chamber or a place of discovery or a place of facepalming frustration. It also is far from balanced in […]

A bad squirrel; and Gus lagniappe

Reader Chris sent us this amusing anecdote of domestic food thieving. The dominant squirrel got impatient and gnawed his way into the feeder: So I got out the tinsnips and an old tin can: I see I’m not much of a tinsmith as yet, but I guess I am an example of an animal learning […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning. Happy Day of the Book Smugglers (what a fantastic name) a day that commemorates smugglers transporting banned Lithuanian language books printed in the Latin alphabet into Lithuanian-speaking areas of the Russian Empire in the last years of the 19th century. Jerry is on his way to Hobbit Land, or New Zealand as […]