One Minnesota Writer Honors August

Torc Waterfall, Killarney National Park

There’s a comic strip I love called Stone Soup by Jan Eliot. Every August, the Sunday version of Stone Soup runs little reminders that, “Ya gotta love August.”

I agree. August is one of my favorite months in Minnesota because summer winds down, tomatoes ripen in the garden, mornings develop a little crispness in the air, crickets serenade us in the evenings, and everything feels a little wistful, a little poignant. Students get ready for school. The State Fair happens. And I get to celebrate my own birthday.

So, for the month of August, I am going to take my time away from One Minnesota Writer. I’m going to write poetry, read everything I can get my hands on, work in my garden. I invite you to do the same. Meander somewhere. Sink into the waning days of summer and gather your harvest.

Yes, ya gotta love August.

See you in September.

Gull on Irish Coast

Gull on Irish Coast by kcmickelson 2017.



  1. August never was my favorite month and I’m not sure why. Maybe because it’s knowing fall is right around the corner, and cold weather. Maybe because it’s hot but the sun goes down earlier. Maybe it’s a throwback to when it was time to get ready for school again. On the other hand, it’s the one month it probably won’t snow in Wyoming.


  2. I’m an August baby too, and wish you the happiest birthday month! (However, I love Minnesota in July myself, but then, that’s when I get to visit every year so I don’t know any better.)


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