Category Archives: Leon monologue

Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning! It’s the birthday of British actor Colin Firth (1960), designer Karl Lagerfeld (1933), Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry (1950) and American journalist & blowhard Bill O’Reilly (1949). Because of the Aerosmith connection we can listen to this track today, which famously features bandmate Steve Tyler’s daughter Liv and actress Alicia Silverstone […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

The weekend has arrived: it’s Saturday, August 25, 2018, and National Banana Split Day. (This is a peculiarly American comestible, and I’ve had many, though not in the past few years.) Honey the Duck was here yesterday, eating more than I’ve ever seen her eat, and in a short while I’ll see if she stayed […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Tuesday, August 21, 2018, and National Sweet Tea Day, referring to highly sweetened iced tea. That beverage, called “the table wine of the South” is the perfect accompaniment to heavy Southern food, including barbecue. Fie on those who abjure the sugar! News: This happened on Sunday: Esraa al-Ghamgam, a Saudi human rights activist, was […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

by Grania [Update from Jerry: News from the pond: Honey seems to have disappeared from the pond again and may be gone for good. I am sad as I didn’t get to say goodbye, and I don’t know if she was ready to migrate.] [Update of an update: Honey’s back, so reports Anna. More details later. […]

TGIF: Hili dialogue

by Grania Welcome to Friday and happy birthday to Robert De Niro. Although De Niro had nothing to do with this song, it was one of those iconic songs of my teen years, so that’s all the justification I need to put it up today. It’s also the birthday of Mae West (1893), Russian chess […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Hump Day: Wednesday, August 15, 2018, the Ides of August. This morning I’m to the KentPresents in Connecticut, which I’ll try to report about as “boots on the ground”. I’ll be back Monday, and posting will be light until then, but Grania will be doing the daily Hili dialogues (thanks to her!). Please refrain from […]

Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Rise and greet the new day: Monday, August 13, 2018: National Filet Mignon Day. I have to say that I never eat that cut of beef, because while it’s tender, it’s also relatively flavorless. Give me a rib-eye steak or a hanger steak any day! It’s also International Lefthanders Day, so lefties are welcome to flaunt […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Ceiling Cat’s Day: Sunday, August 12, 2018, and a day for napping, eating, and lying in the sun. It’s National Julienne Fries Day, which on account of their thinness are a perversion of fries (or chips). In the UK it’s the “Glorious Twelfth,” marking the opening of the Red Grouse shooting season—a bird better […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Saturday! August 11, 2018 is the date, and it’s a Yuppie Food Day: National Panini Day. Today’s big news is that PHOEBE (the runt duckling still in the pond) FLEW!!! Yesterday Anna observed Phoebe effortlessly flying over the lily pads to get to where the food was being dispensed. Usually a flight like this […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Thursday, August 9, 2018, all my ducks—both of them—are in a row, and I just got a new shipment of mealworms. All is well with the world—for the nonce. It’s National Rice Pudding Day, too—one of my favorite desserts. Sadly, the best version in the world, at L’Ami Jean in Paris, has declined precipitously, […]