Category Archives: Hili Dialogue

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and two days before I return to what will probably be a frigid Chicago (I see a big storm is predicted). It’s National Hot and Spicy Food Day and I am in fact going to have some. In the U.S. it’s National Religious Freedom Day, which, given that it’s celebrating […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Tuesday, January 15, 2019, and National Popcorn Day. In North Korea it’s Korean Alphabet Day, celebrating the invention of the modern Korean alphabet, Hangul, in the fifteenth century. In South Korea, though, Alphabet Day falls September 9. Today’s Google Doodle (below) celebrates Sake Dean Mahomed (1759-1851), Anglo-Indian author (he was the first Indian to […]

Monday: Hili dialogue and talk story with Pi

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and a week from today I’ll be back in Chicago where, I hear, there’s snow and may be more. It’s Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day, a fitting food day to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this website, which happens to be today (more later). It’s also “Old New Year,” or New […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Happy New Year to the people of Hen Galan in Wales who still observe it based on the Julian calendar. Today in history, in 1888 the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C In 1898 Émile Zola‘s J’accuse…! exposed the Dreyfus affair (essentially a miscarriage of justice in a military trial).  In 1910 the first public radio broadcast took place; a live performance […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning! Hope you are having a relaxing weekend, In history today, in 1915 the United States House of Representatives rejected a proposal to require states to give women the right to vote. However, today in 1932  Hattie Caraway became the first woman elected to the United States Senate. In 1962 in Vietnam War: Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in the […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, January 11, 2019, and in one week I return to the mainland. It’s National Hot Toddy Day, a drink appropriate for Chicago but not here, as it’s a hot drink of whiskey, honey, water, and spices. In Pennsylvania it’s Sister Rosetta Tharpe Day, honoring a famous gospel singer whose rhythm-and-blues style led to […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Sadly, I have but a week and a day until I leave this lovely and warm island to return to frigid Chicago. Yes, it’s Thursday, January 10, 2019, and only four days until this site has been up for exactly a decade (I’ll do a short post about it). It’s National Bittersweet Chocolate Day; does […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Wednesday, January 9, 2019 (I can finally get the year right), and it’s National Apricot Day. In India it’s Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, or “Non Resident Indian Day,” celebrating the contributions of those Indians outside the country who have contributed to its development. (It was on January 9, 1915, that Gandhi returned to India from […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday, January 8, 2019, which means that Helena’s Restaurant re-opens today after the Christmas holidays. It’s National English Toffee Day, which we’ll ignore because it’s a day of cultural appropriation, and International Typing Day, a skill that’s transferred from typewriters to computers. I had a choice of shop or typing in junior high school, […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania It’s a new week, welcome to it! If today marks your return to the office, lucky you. It’s a busy day in history. 1610 – Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa, although he is not able to distinguish the last two until the following day. 1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank […]