Category Archives: Leon monologue

Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Monday again: February 27, 2017, and remember that tomorrow is the last day of the month. Today is a double food holiday: National Strawberry Day and National Kahlua Day. It’s also International Polar Bear Day, so give a thought to an animal most likely doomed by global warming. On this day in 1900, the British Labour Party […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning on Ceiling Cat’s Day: Sunday, February 19, 2017. The temperatures reached another record in Chicago yesterday: the news reported a high 70° F, or 21° C. That’s a record for this date—by a long shot. And for the next couple of days it will be almost that warm. It’s National Chocolate Mint Day, […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning: it’s Saturday, February 18, 2017. Spring, it seems, has arrived in Chicago, at least temporarily. We had record high temperatures yesterday of 62°F (17° C), which broke a 134-year old record by 2° F. The students at my university were basking in the sun wearing teeshirts and shorts, exposing acres of milk-white winter skin.  And […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning! It’s Tuesday (the cruelest day), February 7, 2017, and it’s National Fettuccine Alfredo Day, also known as Thrombosis on a Plate (noodles, butter, and Parmesan cheese). Why the name? Wikipedia says this: “Alfredo Di Lelio invented the “fettuccine al triplo burro [butter]” (later named ‘fettuccine all’Alfredo’ or ‘fettuccine Alfredo’) in 1892 in a restaurant run […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning; it’s Sunday, February 5, 2017, and it’s World Nutella Day. If you eat it (or even if you don’t), PuffHo has obligingly compiled “11 things you really should know if you love Nutella.” Not all of these facts are palatable: for instance, 56% of the stuff is straight sugar, and the second ingredient […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Good morning and happy weekend; it’s Saturday, February 4, 2017. I see, as my bleary eyes scan the news, that a federal judge in Seattle has put a temporary nationwide hold on two parts of Trump’s immigration order: the suspension of entry from seven Muslim-majority countries, and the limitation on the number of refugees. The […]

Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning! It’s Friday, February 3 (2017 if you haven’t yet caught on), and we’ve made it through another week, though we’re all a week closer to death.  The good news is that it’s National Carrot Cake day, and a nicer cake is hard to imagine, especially when this one contains plump raisins and is slathered […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue):

It’s the first day of February, 2017, which means it’s simultaneously Canned Food Month, National Chocolate Lovers Month, National Cherry Month, National Grapefruit Month, National Snack Food Month and National Potato Lovers Month. What a month! And today in particular is National Baked Alaska Day and National Dark Chocolate Day. I happen to love Baked Alaska, a truly retro dessert, but […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning on the last day of January (the 31st), 2017! It’s a Tuesday, the cruelest day, but take a restorative, as it’s also National Hot Chocolate Day. (I sometimes throw a bit of cocoa powder into my morning latte to make it a bit mocha-ish.) In Austria it’s Street Children’s Day, calling attention to homeless kids. […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning! It’s Sunday, January 29, 2017, with a light snowfall (about ½”) predicted for Chicago today. I woke up to find the country in pandemonium over Trump’s misguided executive orders about visas and immigration (see next post). It’s National Corn Chip Day in the U.S., and, in Kansas, it’s “Kansas Day” (any Jayhawkers celebrating?) On […]