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Sunday, August 16, 2020

August Quotes & Musings About August by Joan Reeves

In today's world, I'm forced to ponder about the use of august as an adjective modifying the word quotes in the title of this post.

As writers, we all know august, with a small a, means respected and impressive. The word, august, is derived from the Latin word augustus, meaning consecrated.

You may remember hearing in world history about Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor. The Roman Senate changed the name of the month, Sextilis, to Augustus to honor the emperor.

Language is suffering in the contemporary world. Blame it on the public education system, on texting, or on the decline in reading, but perhaps all of those reasons are responsible.

However, this is a post about wise quotes about the month of August, not a thesis on the damage to our eloquent language.

August Quotes About August

(1) August is the month of the high-sailing hawks. The hen hawk is the most noticeable. He likes the haze and calm of these long, warm days. He is a bird of leisure and seems always at his ease. How beautiful and majestic are his movements! —John Burroughs

Saturday, at our house in the country, a huge hawk landed in our backyard and spent an hour
beneath the peach trees eating the insects and seeds that lay about after mowing. The wing span was impressive—easily 3 1/2 feet. It hopped/flew from the peach trees on one side of the property to the apple trees on the other side. 

After a bit, the hawk flew up to the peak of the roof and settled there. It was interesting to see how the other birds that usuallly hung out on the high lines and in the trees steered clear of the house.

In fact, a mockingbird came swooping toward the porch. I guess it saw the hawk up on the roof and literally made a U-turn and flew away.

(Red-tailed Hawk image By Greg Hume (Greg5030) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

(2) That smell of freshly cut grass makes me think of Friday night football in high school. The smell of popcorn and cigar smoke reminds me of the stadium. The cutting of the grass reminds me of the August practice. —Garth Brooks

The freshly cut grass makes me think of band practice out in a field on a scorching day in August before school started.

(3) It must be the PGA Championship if it's August and you can sit down and talk to the heat or reach inside your shirt, where it's 110 degrees, and grab handfuls of humidity. —Dan Jenkins

I believe it was 112 at our house in the country yesterday. Stifling. I totally understand what Jenkins meant about grabbing handfuls of humidity.

(4) Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. —Kent Nerburn

I'll leave you with that last thought. 

It's an eloquent and poetic way of saying there's simply no rhyme or reason why things happen so be kind to each other.

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Have a wonderful August. I'll see you in September!


  1. That sounds like a fun collection and I just bought it.

  2. Our language is ever evolving, isn't it? Some changes are good but some are puzzling. Take care.

    1. Yes, it truly is. I wonder if the day when every one writes and talks in emojis is closer than we think.

  3. We live out in the sticks as they say, and have encounters with a lot of wildlife. Squirrels run back and forth across the yard to avoid our cat and dogs. Deer sometimes venture up, until the dogs run them off. Then wild turkeys get curious and come up, stretching their necks to see what's going on. I love being close to nature.

    1. Yes, it grounds me to get away from the city and be in an environment like the one I lived in as a child. I'm a country/small town girl who somehow ended up in a very large city. I like to think I have the best of both worlds.

  4. You can always tell when our resident hawk is near, the bird world turns still and silent, waiting for him to disappear. "Last Chance Beach: Summer's End," sounds like a perfect read for August. Best of luck with sales and promotion.


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