Category Archives: Hili Dialogue

Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning, if you call it that; I’m dispirited as the sun rises this Friday, August 18, 2017 (I’m typing this from bed). Thirteen people are dead and eighty injured in Barcelona, and police foiled yet another car attack in Spain. In this one, 70 miles south of Barcelona, five perpetrators were shot to death in […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Thursday, August 17, 2017, and it’s National Vanilla Custard Day. Meh. On this day in 1585, the first group of colonists sent to the New World by Sir Walter Raleigh founded the Roanoke Colony on an island off what is now North Carolina.  When the British returned in 1590, the colony had vanished completely—all 118 […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Wednesday, August 16, 2017, and Finger Therapy Day. It’s also National Rum Day, and perhaps I should have a tiny tot of a touted tipple I bought in Guatemala several years ago: Ron Zacapa Cenenario, 23 years in the cask. That’s sipping rather than mixing rum. And in Kyoto, it’s Gozan no Okuribi, the day […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Well, it’s Tuesday, August 15, 2017. and we’re halfway through August, wending our way toward Back To School Time. It’s also National Lemon Meringue Pie Day, a dessert that, made properly, is a thing of beauty. (It’s also Julia Child’s birthday; see below.) In many places it’s the Feast of the Assumption, a Catholic holiday […]

Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Here we are at Monday again: August 14, 2017, and it’s one week till the big solar eclipse. It won’t be total in Chicago (though it will  be downstate), but it’ll be pretty good, and I hope it’s not cloudy that day. If you live in the U.S. and want to see how the eclipse […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and baby Leon monologue)

Good morning! It’s Sunday (Ceiling Cat’s Day), August 13, 2017, and mirabile dictu, I have overslept. I guess I needed it. It’s National Filet Mignon Day, and while that may be the most tender cut of beef, I prefer the tougher but more flavorful (and bigger!) portions like hanger steak or ribeye, though I rarely […]

Hili dialogue: Saturday

Good morning: it’s Saturday, August 12, 2017, and the weather in Chicago promises to be lovely. On the other hand, it’s the worst food day ever: National Julienne Fries Day, which are just thinly cut fries (chips or frites to Europeans), and contain many poisonous carbs. On the upside, it’s World Elephant Day, dedicated to […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Thursday, August 10, 2017. On the personal front, my hand and shoulder injuries are healing very well, thanks to some excellent physical therapists as well as my own diligence at home exercises, which I perform religiously diligently. And my beloved duck Honey is still with me, though she’s getting finicky: she will […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and baby Leon monologue)

It’s Tuesday, August 9, 2017, and that means this morning I have both finger and shoulder therapy (back to back, so to speak). I wish I could celebrate today’s food holiday, for it honors one of my favorite desserts: National Rice Pudding Day. I’ll save you the trouble right now and tell you where to […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning! It’s Tuesday, August 8, 2017, and I’m duckless. It’s National Frozen Custard Day; if you’re near a good place to get this treat, like Ted Drewes in St. Louis, you’re lucky. More important, it’s INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY!!   The first five people who email me good pictures of their moggie will have them featured […]