As August Approaches. . .

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532


As August Approaches. . . 


We each have our own story.  Here on ActiveRain, in the real world and elsewhere we travel throughout life.  As the end of month draws closer, there is much to reflect.   Again.


There is also a lot to anticipate in August.  On that subject, I think of our canine friends and the dog days yet to come.   Paws, for one reason (or is that four?) as well.  And pause too. Because the eighth month may be a time when you take a break for a number of reasons.   Seriously speaking or speaking of Sirius in a cosmic sense. Did you fetch that additional dog reference?   🐶


Regardless of any respite occurring, the following three quotes are ponder-worthy for me. I hope you find something purposeful in them too:



Take a walk with a turtle.  And behold the world of pause. 

attributed to: Bruce Feiler


It is not so much knowing when to speak, when to pause. 

attributed to: Jack Benny


The right word may be effective,

but no word was ever

as effective

as a rightly timed pause. 

attributed to: Mark Twain


Welcome August as there will be much to consider. A pause, some paws or more than a few faux pas. Putting things into perspective continues to be good.  🐾🐾


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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (30)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- what a wonderful post today!!!  I love every bit of it!   I remember that Jack Benny was noted for his pause and you cannot go wrong with a quote from Mark Train. Knowing when to pause before inserting your paws in your mouth can also be a good thing. And taking time to pause our forward energy to allow that pause to sink in is always helpful. 

Jul 28, 2023 10:40 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - as much as it can put a bad taste in the mouth, I attempt to avoid the paws in mouth syndrome.  Unfortunately, it has hit me.  Now, if I had seven lives to live that might be one way to look at learning lessons over and over.  🐕🐾🐈

Jul 28, 2023 10:57 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Michael & Happy Friday!  Pausing quite often is normal around here as we have our little guys with paws making us smile many times every day!  I do look forward to August as I'm 6 weeks out from total hip surgery and I got the go ahead yesterday to get back to my normal routines!  And that means some short trips in AZ to give us reasons to pause (paws) often.  It's gorgeous up North!  And of course I must leave a photo of the 'boys' just for you! It's during one of their many 'pause' breaks they take every day!


Jul 28, 2023 10:59 AM
Michael Jacobs

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - I don't recall you mentioning your surgery.   Or maybe I forgot knowing about it (that explains a lot of what goes on in my world).  Anyway, I am happy that good news is gearing up its full operation.  

Here's to running, chasing after puppy tales and whatever desert mischief that your pups (and Gary) have in mind for you.

Or you can take a siesta too.  Given the Valley of Sun temps these days, that seems like a suitable option. Or a swimsuit - after all. Stay cool.   

Cute photo - by the way.  🐕 🐕 🐕

Jul 28, 2023 11:29 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Michael most likely I didn't mention it - so it's not about you in the least.  I simply took time off and just haven't felt the need to write much of anything, taking a pause I might add!!  LOL


We've got our hands full as our senior dog Barney can't see or hear and we're doing all we can to keep him safe and comfortable.  Kind of sad to see him 'kind of lost'.  But he loves his treats, walks and lots of lovies so that's the good part for him.

Jul 29, 2023 12:01 PM
Michael Jacobs

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - atisket, atasket, treats are too good to save for the October 31st holiday - pass them around generously.  Thanks for the update - I "miss" a lot sometimes it seems.  🎃🐾🎃

Jul 29, 2023 12:14 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Michael - that goes for you and me both lately on missing stuff!  Trust me there is NOOOOOO shortage of treats around this home!!

Jul 29, 2023 03:09 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, cute post, as usual to welcome in August.   I hope I will not be on pause this month, it hasn't been very busy this year.  

Jul 28, 2023 12:54 PM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - you'll have plenty of pause time with your trip to Portugal later this year.   If I remember correctly, dinners are rather late and there is a mid-day intermission for activity of all kinds too.  

Jul 28, 2023 01:14 PM
Joan Cox

Michael Jacobs I have read dinners are much later, which will take some getting used to.  Less than two months away now!

Jul 28, 2023 01:18 PM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - that's why pacing oneself is important when traveling.  Lots of adapting.  Your countdown continues. . .   ⏰

Jul 28, 2023 03:27 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

A pause for the paws cause is always a good thing! The dogs days of summer are upon us…Congrats on being featured in BananaTude group!


Jul 28, 2023 07:42 PM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - doggone it - I think you've got it!

Thank you very much for the feature within the BananaTude group.  I appreciate it.  🐾

Jul 29, 2023 05:37 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

As usual, Michael...

pawsitively brilliant!

Jul 29, 2023 07:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - thank you.  Post-writing can be rough sometimes.  I appreciate your comment. 🐾

Jul 29, 2023 08:27 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 29, 2023 06:00 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - what a nice surprise - thank you for including this post as part of your weekly selection.  I appreciate it.  

Jul 29, 2023 07:31 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

When is the best time for us to speak...and the best time to zip our mouth shut. The great question for our time.

Jul 30, 2023 05:45 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - questions prompt all types of responses.  Responses can be informative or elusive among other reactions.   

Along the way, some may wonder if it's a treasure hunt or a money grab.  Journeys for increased knowledge continue.  And one question can lead to another.  Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.  

Jul 30, 2023 05:54 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Jul 30, 2023 07:42 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® - thank you for the visit and the comment.  

Jul 30, 2023 07:56 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Take a moment—a moment of silence. Let's ponder: do we truly grasp the power of these skills and how they can benefit us?

Embrace the power of stillness—harness silence. Unlock our true potential.

Michael, your unique gift sets you apart.

Jul 30, 2023 09:35 AM
Michael Jacobs

Aura Alex - we each have the presence to be present but those moments can go awry at times.  Accepting that as a gift is a lesson learned through practice.  Wrapping up oneself in superfluous stuff can be the point of no return and time spent otherwise can't be exchanged.  

Yes, my days spent in the retail industry do tend to influence my thoughts from time to time.  🏬🏬🏬 

Jul 30, 2023 06:17 PM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

The summer months are always my time to recharge and PAUSE!  Especially this summer-- healing from surgery.  Thanks for the reminder!  Have a great Sunday!

Jul 30, 2023 11:07 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Schowe - may your recharge as well as recovery be full as well as speedy.  

Jul 30, 2023 06:19 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Michael.

During August, I plan to take a break from most of my blogging activities.

Keep cool and have an outstanding week.

Jul 31, 2023 04:51 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - a pause can refresh the dendrites which can be quite helpful.  Happy Monday and Happy August-As-it-Arrives.  

Jul 31, 2023 06:22 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I have lived through many "dog days" in the past.  Now that we are in Arizona and I have lived though the month before the "dog days," I have learned that my past "dog days" were just not that bad.  I can use a break this year, for sure! 🤣

Jul 31, 2023 11:59 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ray Henson - perhaps you are purchasing poochie pondering points with the increases in the temperature. 

Stay cool - or as cool as possible.  I hear there's pickleball play underway in some form out in the desert.   Good luck.

Jul 31, 2023 12:51 PM
Ray Henson

I am just getting ready to head out the door and play in a pickleball ladder, Michael Jacobs.  We start at 9:30 and end near 12:00.  Expressed in another way, we start at 93 degrees and end when the temperature hits 100 degrees, plus or minus.  There will still be games going on when I leave.  It is a hardy brand of retirees out here.  They are tough and just a little bit crazy!

Aug 01, 2023 07:22 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ray Henson - good luck.   With the game and the weather. 

Aug 01, 2023 07:25 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

The weather is sweltering in my home state. I need a cool pool to dive into. No time for pause here. 

Aug 05, 2023 12:32 PM
Michael Jacobs

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - whether it's the weather or something else, there can be stuff sweltering in our midst.  As the dog days continue, may you continue to find shade under a magnolia tree.  

Aug 08, 2023 10:07 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Jack Benny was the King of Pause.  Thank you for sharing those other quotes as well.

Aug 08, 2023 11:40 AM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - Jack Benny's sense of timing placed him in a powerful position especially in comedy.  He elevated it to an artform in my opinion.  

Aug 10, 2023 11:00 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Woof. Dog gone it, August is still summer and when the fall foliage explosion with the help of Jack Frost causing the "second bloom" of color, whoa. Lucky to be alive. Like finding a buried bone you forgot you had Michael Jacobs! We forget and remember again as seasons change in our lives.

dog lamb farm

Aug 15, 2023 04:33 AM
Michael Jacobs

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - I appreciate the canine references.  Well-done.  🐕🐕🐕

Aug 15, 2023 04:42 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Well August went by in the blink of an eye!  A pause right now would be welcome.

Aug 29, 2023 08:23 PM
Michael Jacobs

Aloha Georgie - you're right, months seem to travel by us like that in many ways.  I hope things continue to make progress in Maui.  It's definitely going to be a large and longterm project.  Good luck to all.  

Aug 30, 2023 08:28 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Well Michael Jacobs, my August went by at the Speed of thought, and I am looking forward to September 🙂

Aug 30, 2023 08:10 AM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - the beginning of the ninth month will be "here" soon.  Perhaps quicker than many realize.  Happy September (in advance).  

Aug 30, 2023 08:29 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS

Accepted my friend 🤓

Aug 30, 2023 11:55 AM
Personal Engagement,Precision, and Professionalism

Michael Jacobs - I just saw this post and love that you do this monthly!  What a great photo and true quote from Mark Twain and love the turtle quote, too.  It's amazing how writing and reading can pull such deep emotions inside of us...Thank You for this post.  It's so perfect reading it today...and Happy Labor Day, Michael! 🥳🐾🍓

Sep 04, 2023 09:28 AM
Michael Jacobs

TODD PICCONI 909.908.7376 or (949) 391 - 3164 - my ActiveRain participation has definitely changed (maybe morphed in many ways) in the years of my membership.  I have done similar posts over the last few years.  

Sep 04, 2023 09:33 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

August is typically my slowest month - not only is it incredibly hot but, school is starting, vacations are wrapping up, etc. So, I do take time to pause in August - almost every year, Michael.

This year, I spent time (twice) at the beach. Our fur baby/house sitter didn't want us to return as they were having too much fun with our babies during the doggiest days of summer! 

Sep 09, 2023 06:08 AM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - thank you for the visit.  And while August is a typical vacation time getaway for many (I too had a chance to escape for some time too), dog days can be interpreted in many ways.  Splashing around here and there can make brainstorms occur.  August 2023 is now in the history books as we continue to move forward.  

Sep 09, 2023 11:17 AM