Category Archives: Hili Dialogue

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 […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a snowy Monday: March 13, 2017. Snow is falling fairly heavily (though we won’t get near what the Northeast US will get), and we’re predicted to get 3 to 6 inches by tonight. Here’s a picture of the snow falling around Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House (1909-1910), which I walk by daily on […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a chilly Sunday, March 12, 2017. If you’re in the U.S. and forgot to set your clocks forward, it’s an hour later than you think it is. It’s also National Milky Way Day, an estimable comestible and one of my favorite candy bars. (I sometimes like them frozen, and once, in Edinburgh, […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a very cold Chicago Saturday (20° F, -7° C); it is March 11, 2017, and I’m proud to announce that it is this day, too: So eat them, as the proclamation assumes that you already have noodles! It’s also Johnny Appleseed Day, which is strange because it corresponds to neither his birthday nor his […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

We’ve reached another Friday: March 10, 2017, and it’s National Ranch Dressing Day (these food holidays are getting increasingly arcane!). It’s also National Mario Day in the US, honoring the video game; the name is chosen because MAR10 looks like “MARIO.” Oy! On March 10, 1804, the immense territory of the Louisiana Purchase was ceded […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning this fine (well, chilly) Thursday, March 9, 2017. It’s National Crab Day, so go be mean to someone! And it’s one of those Catholic holidays celebrating a fictional event: the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste. Returning to reality, it was on March 9, 1566, when David Rizzio, secretary of Mary Queen of Scots and […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Wednesday, March 8—a week before I head to New Zealand. It’s National Peanut Cluster Day, a patty of peanuts and chocolate that resembles elephant droppings, and International Women’s Day, commemorating the ongoing struggle for women’s rights. Women’s Day is celebrated today with an interactive Google Doodle (click on screenshot below to go to it). […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. It’s a warm 51° F (11° C) in Chicago, but temperatures will drop to and below the freezing point within a few days. It’s National Cereal Day in the U.S. and National Teacher’s Day, but only in Albania (it’s celebrated in other places at other times). Has any reader ever been  […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on yet another Monday: March 6, 2017. It’s National Oreo Day (I wonder who paid for that designation?), but I have to admit that I do like those cookies. I favor regular ones–not overstuffed or mint flavored—and, unlike any other cookie, I eat them the classic way: with a glass of milk, dunking them […]