On August 2014

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days.

In non-leap years, no other month starts on the same day of the week as August, but in leap years February starts on the same day of the week.

August and November end on the same day of the week every year

August (then called Sextilis) was the sixth month in the ten-month Roman calendar

August (still Sextilis) became the eighth month around 700 BC by King Numa Pompilius, but it had only 29 days

Julius Caesar added two days to August (still Sextilis) in 45 BC

Sextillis renamed August in 8 BC to honor Augustus

August’s birthstone is Peridot, a greenish said to have magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares … plus bring power, influence, and a wonderful year to the wearer.

August’s birth flower are Gladiolus and Poppy … meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage, and family

August’s Zodiac signs are Leo (ending August 22) and Virgo (starting August 23)

Moon for August as multiple names: Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon

Only two Shakespeare plays mention August: Henry VI Part I and The Tempest

Anglo-Saxons called August by the name Weod-monath (weed month)

August is also called Augustus (Afrikaans, Dutch), Gusht (Albanian), Avqust (Azerbaijani), Kolovoz (Croatian), elokuu (Finnish), Αύgoustos (Greek), Ogos (Malay), Awissu (Maltese), Thang-Tam (Vietnamese), Awst (Welsh)

August is a month-long holiday for many Europeans

August and February are seasonable equivalents in opposite hemispheres

August is the month to increase awareness of Children Eye Health & Safety, Bystanders, Traffic, Immunization, Psoriasis, Child Support, Motor Sports, Minority Donors, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Children Vision & Learning, Pet Immunization, Cataracts, Romance, and Studious Behavior

August is the month to celebrate Black Business, Panini, Goat Cheese, Catfish, Indian Heritage, Breastfeeding, Dirty Harry, and Peaches

August is the month to appreciate American Artists, Water Quality, Tomboy Tools, Neurosurgery Outreach, Audio, and Inventors

August is the month to participate in American Adventures, American History Essay Contest, Truancy Prevention, Don’t be a Bully, Get Ready for Kindergarten, What Will Be Your Legacy, Mutt-i-grees Rescue, Win with Civility, Happiness Happens, Midnight Moon Parties, and Plan Ahead for Halloween

Take time to celebration these anytime in August. Did you listen to any of the August songs? If so, which?

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 109

On Politics
After realizing Ohio voters will likely repeal his collective bargaining bill for public employees, my governor, John Kasich (R-OH), is now willing to renegotiate the bill if the repeal if organizers remove item from the ballot. Sorry Governor Kasich, you chose to ram it through, so I favor negotiations after the repeal. Of course, your excuse of saving money is a bunch of crap because it is political.

The White House reaction to the situation in Syria was long overdue.

Governor Perry has been in the race for almost a week, and how many times stupid comments did he make?

Unbelievably, the Republicans are lining up against spending to upgrade the infrastructure.

More proof (his Tweet) that Jon Huntsman is too normal: “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,”

Christine O’Donnell is back in the news promoting her book. OMG – help us all.

I remind Speaker Boehner that it is Week 32 of the Boehner-led House without a jobs bill. To quote Speaker Boehner, “Where are the jobs?”

Interesting Reads

Interesting Headlines I Saw this Week on The Onion

  • Supreme Court Rules First Amendment does not Apply to Annoying Man
  • FDA Approves Sales of Prescription Placebo
  • Crackling Warren Buffet Burns Entire Fortune in Front of Nation
  • Boy Scout Won’t Do Anything Unless there is a Merit Badge Involved
  • Local Toddler Shows Signs of Becoming Ugly like his Parents
  • Scientists Say Newly Discovered Earth-like Planet Could Support Robust Economy

On Potpourri
Hope for the human race – In Japan, citizens have returned over $46 million that have been found following the tsunami.

Hope you see Captain America in the theaters. It starts a little slow, but we enjoyed it.

Looking for reasons to celebrate? Here ya go: Bad Poetry Day (Aug 18), Aviation Day (Aug 19), National Radio Day (Aug 20), Senior Citizen’s Day (Aug 21), Be an Angel Day and National Tooth Fairy Day (Aug 22), Ride the Day (Aug 23), Vesuvius Day (Aug 24), and Kiss and Make Up Day (Aug 25)

In the words of Garrison Keillor: Be well, do good works, and stay in touch.