The Bumbastories’ Semi-Annual August Magazine

Peridot-Eight_artHappy August. Happy eighth month of the year! The month August got its name from the Roman emperor Augustus, who named the month after himself in order to celebrate, er, himself. August means admirable, and reverential, and implies all things good, which is why Augustus, nee Octavius (which already meant the eight man), re-named himself Augustus in the first place. Ol’ Augustus thought Augustus sounded cool. As indeed it is. The August flower is the poppy, and the birthstone for August is the onyx.

No. not you! Tou're not an onyx. You're an oryx! No. not you! You’re not an onyx! You’re an oryx!



August is the eighth month! Eight: that’s two fours, or four twos. Of course, eight is composed of eight ones – as all numbers are by definition simple multiples of the one. Huh? Anyhoo, eight huit ocho octo is an even number, a very even number. Eight is two cubed, duality expressed in three dimensions. Eight represents order and stability. The eighth note completes the octave (That’s the musical octave, not Octavius. We don’t want to start with him again!).

I wrote about the eight last year, so consult Something I Eight for further number silliness. The only thing I’ll repeat here is that 8 was the late Yogi Berra’s uniform number. Good ‘ol Yogi. Yogi was loved by everyone and he was a heckuva ballplayer.

Many traditions see the 8 as a good luck number. In the Jewish tradition there are eight days to Chanukah, and also Passover. Even after the seven days of Succoth, an eighth holiday day is added, Shmini Atzeret, Shmini meaning eighth. Eight is just a good solid number. Follow the Buddha’s Eight-Fold path to Nirvana. And keep your hands on the table. Thank you for your cooperation.

And here’s a song to send you on your way. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out, sung for the umpteenth time by poor Bumba, who says he just love to sing this song and hopes you will sing along too.



25 thoughts on “The Bumbastories’ Semi-Annual August Magazine

  1. Blimey, have a bit of time off and everything looks new and shiny! Eight is of course the appropriate number of books to leave a second hand bookshop with.

  2. Very interesting information about August and Augustus. I was thinking of your blog today and the “As I sat on the bus challenge.” I miss it.

    1. I almost forgot that myself. Didn’t know anyone read it. So thanks. Since the pandemic I’ve been on the bus just once, and that was because of a flat tire on Venice Blvd. Buses here are usually nearly empty, but you never know.

        1. I see you’re still writing the Friday 100 word challenge and another. I got lazy. Even too lazy to write on the bus. I see your writing blog is going well. I like the poetry the best.

        2. Yes. I like Friday Fictioneers and find it good discipline for conciseness. My blog was dormant for more than four years, but a writing workshop during the pandemic has caused me to write again. Thank you for your kind words about my poetry.

    1. Unbelievable that I’ve reposted with minimal edits (work) this post maybe four times. I remember when we started that. An august and healthy August to you!

  3. The 8th month??? Already??? Where did the first 7 months go? Noooooooo … this means the holiday season that begins with Hallowe’en is nigh upon us, and I’ve yet to get all the Hallowe’en stuff packed up from last year! 🙄 Say you’re joking … say it ain’t so!

        1. I was planning to do a lot of canvassing this year. I don’t like calling voters up on phone. But there’s still letter-writing, and texting, and other ways to help out the Dems. The blog could be a way to help, but it’s mostly preaching to the choir. Cheers!

        2. I’m with you on that. I can write letters or email, but I don’t do well with phone calls. And, I like to think my blog is my way of helping too, but as you say, I am largely preaching to the choir.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s