Category Archives: Hili Dialogue

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning (and good night to those of you in countries with their noses on the International Date Line). Today is the birthday of the man who invented the safety elevator, Elisha Otis (1811). The invention was born out of necessity – he wanted to use hoisting platforms at his bedstead factory, but they were unreliable as the lifting cable […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (& Leon lagniappe)

by Grania Good morning! Jerry is in dreamland after a day spent prepping for tomorrow’s Great Kea Hunt. More later on this. For the rest of us, it’s business as usual. Today is the birthday of William Shatner (1931) a man whose identity is now forever intrinsically merged with Captain James T. Kirk of Star […]

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 […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning, welcome to another week! Today is World Sparrow Day and the Great American Meatout (tofu for you today!) and ahem, Extraterrestrial Abduction Day although even the Believers are skeptical as to whether it is celebration-worthy or not. It is also the Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere. Oh, and if you are […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Good morning! Today in 1962 Bob Dylan released his eponymous first album. In 1982 the Falklands was invaded by Argentina precipitating the Falklands War. Today is also the birthday of actress Glenn Close, Güyük Khan, third Khan of Mongol (in the 1200s) and in 2000 this day marked the death of Joanne Weaver, right-fielder in the All-American […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Welcome to the weekend! Jerry has lined a few posts up today for later on. Today is the birthday of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1908) the composer of Scheherazade; British geneticist Linda Partridge who studies aging and age-related diseases; and marks the death of Grace Ogot (1930) who was the first Anglophone woman Kenyan writer to be published. […]

Paddy’s day: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning, welcome to Friday. Jerry has made it safely to New Zealand and here in Ireland I am off work for the day because St Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland. Of course there were never any snakes in Ireland, so that was an excellent display of PR flim-flammery. Still, it’s […]

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 […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on my last day in Chicago for a while; it’s Wednesday, March. 15. (Starting tomorrow, the Hili Dialogues will be brought to you by Grania for a while, as I’ll be Down Under.) Today is National Peanut Lovers’ Day, and all my squirrels say they’re on board with that. (I’ve provided for their care […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on March 14, 2017—one day before I head to New Zealand. The snow abated here in late morning yesterday, leaving us with only about three inches in Chicago. We may, however, get several inches of “lake effect” snow today. But the northeast U.S. is set for a huge blizzard, with up to 18 inches of […]