Category Archives: Hili Dialogue

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, January 6, 2017, and we’ve reach the end of the week. It’s a frigid 1º F in Chicago (-17 º C), though we have no snow.  Today’s food holidays are a double-header: National Shortbread Day and National Bean Day. Otherwise, it’s armed forces day in Iraq, and the less said about that the better. On this […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on January 5, 2017: National Whipped Cream Day. It’s also National Bird Day in the U.S., with lots of birders fanning out throughout the US to watch our feathered friends. It’s also National Sausage Day in the UK, where I guarantee thousands of Briths, Welsh, Scots, and inhabitants of Norn Iron will be tucking into […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s January 4, 2017, and National Spaghetti Day. It’s also World Braille Day (can any readers read it?) On this day in 1853, Solomon Northrup, kidnapped slave and author of the book (later a movie) Twelve Years a Slave, was granted his freedom. On this day in 1903, Topsy the elephant was publicly executed for the […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s January 3, 2017 (how many of you are still writing “2016,” as I did yesterday?), and it’s National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. If there’s a reader out there who is going to eat one of these dire sweets (they can be good, but usually aren’t), let me know. And it’s still only the tenth of […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Well, here we are in 2017, and although of course the designation of a year’s beginning is arbitrary, we can’t help but take stock of the past year (not a great one!) and anticipate what will come (in U.S. politics, horrible things). Yes, it’s New Year’s Day, and has been declared National Bloody Mary Day […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s the last day of the year—December 31, 2016, and within a month we’ll have to refer to “President Trump”—a phrase that sticks in my craw. But such are the laws of physics. Today is National Champagne Day, but also National Vinegar Day: a strange pairing. Koynezaa is now over (though not technically, since I was […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s December 30, 2016, and the last day of Koynezaa, which means I’ve completed another circuit around the Sun. It’s a weird food holiday, too: National Bicarbonate of Soda Day and Baking Soda Day. What gives with that? A Bicarb Day should be right after Thanksgiving or Christmas! In Slovakia, it’s the Day of the Declaration of […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on December 29, 2016, with one shopping day left before the Last Day of Koynezaa. In food holidays, it’s both National “Get on the Scales” Day and National Pepper Pot Day (“the soup that won the American Revolution“), the former presumably meaning to see how much weight you gained over Christmas. But the holidays […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Wednesday, December 28, 2016: just two days before the end of Koynezaa—the holiday celebrating a Jewish boy with the initials JC born at the end of the year.  It’s also National Candy Day, which I’ve already celebrated with a piece of chocolate. Indulge: there must be lots of goodies left over from Christmas! Finally, […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologues)

It’s December 27, the third day of Koynezaa, which ends on JC’s birthday, December 30. And it’s National Fruitcake Day, which I suppose means the day that the fruitcake you got for Christmas will be given to someone else. (Calvin Trillin had a theory that there was only a single fruitcake in the U.S., one passed on […]