Category Archives: Leon monologue

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

by Grania Good morning! I’m fending off the damp cold of Cork by sipping on Spanish Hot Chocolate (indistinguishable from any other kind of hot chocolate in my opinion). Today is the anniversary of the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain Chesley Sullenberger landed Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after colliding with birds after take-off. It […]

Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Monday, January 9, 2017, and a balmy 23° F (-5° C) in Chicago; we have some snow predicted for today. It’s also National Apricot Day (though I don’t think they’re in season), and National Cassoulet Day, celebrating one of my favorite French dishes. In India, it’s Non-Resident Indian Day, celebrating the contributions of Indians […]

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 […]

Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologues)

There are only 20 shopping days—since Sunday is now a shopping day—until Christmas. Yes, it’s December 5, 2016, and we’ve had snow yesterday in Chicago: several inches. And it’s a double Food Day: National Comfort Food Day and National Sacher Torte Day. So Austrians, eat up! In Austria it’s Krampusnacht, when the Devil strides the street, damning those who […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s the penultimate day of November: the 29th, and it’s the year 2016, which means it’s National Chocolates Day. In honor of that, I’ve put some powdered cocoa into my latte to make it into a sort-of mocha. It’s also William Tubman‘s birthday, celebrated in Liberia, where he was that nation’s longest-serving President. On this day […]

Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning! It’s November 28, 2016, and it’s National French Toast Day. Now there’s something I can get behind: when I was a lad, even into college age, my mom would sometimes make me French Toast (probably unknown in France) as a special treat. I remember pouring Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup over it from the lady-shaped […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

As November draws to a close, we find ourselves at November 27, 2016: National Bavarian Cream Pie Day. And I have no idea what such a pie even is. If you have one, or even know what it is, weigh in below. It’s also Native American Heritage Day, so it behooves us to remember the protest at […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Well, FIDEL CASTRO DIED LAST NIGHT AT THE AGE OF 90. The New York Times has a comprehensive obituary that, given Castro’s failing health, was obviously in the works for some time. I can’t add much to that: the guy towered over his country for fifty years, was a masterful military strategist and a ruthless dictator, yet […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Sunday, November 20, and that means it’s National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. I must admit I like that confection, but it’s far inferior to maple-walnut fudge, which itself is inferior to a good chocolate fudge (very different from what they call “fudge” in the UK). It’s also Universal Children’s Day and the anniversary of […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning! PCC(E) is still feeling the effects of timezone-hopping so I am with you again today. Today in 1928 Disney released Steamboat Willie which was the first the studio had released with fully synchronized sound. The Jazz Singer had appeared in cinemas the previous year which had pretty much sealed the fate of sound […]