7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #618:
Featuring Laura Nyman Montenegro

h1 December 23rd, 2018 by jules


I love this piece of art from Laura Nyman Montenegro. She shared it on Instagram, and I secured her permission to share it here. Below is what she wrote about it:

Right now, at the darkest time of the year, is the most crazy mashup of tradition and transition and I love that the beautiful little deer plays such a big part in it. Why not sensitive and delicate, moving slowly through the trees? Why not that be where we are going?

Yes yes yessity yes. And how I do love deer.

Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) A lovely meal earlier this week with friends, as well as my book club last week. At book club, we read aloud our favorite excerpts from Jonathan Auxier’s Sweep and had a little partaaaay. It was pretty much the best.

2) I am really enjoying this book (pictured left).

3) I loooove this story, and I wish Stephanie the very best of luck with her two new picture books!

4) I am also enjoying Forma Antiqva’s new album, Concerto Zapico Vol. 2. Here’s a taste.

5) Surprising the girls by taking them to the new Mewsic Kitty Cafe where we got to have hot chocolate and Christmas snacks and, best of all, pet cats for an hour.

6) The holiday lights at Cheekwood.

7) A friend sent me this NYT story on glitter, and it is a HOOT. All the secrecy. Who knew?

BONUS: Speaking to the children’s librarians at Nashville Public Library this week about the best children’s books of the year.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

Happy holidays to you all!

7 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #618:
Featuring Laura Nyman Montenegro”

  1. Happy holidays, everyone!

    Jules: How fun! I want to go to that cafe! 🙂

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Music
    2) Movies
    3) Writing
    4) Auditions
    5) Offers
    6) Healthy skepticism 🙂
    7) Days OFF

  2. Hi there,
    I stopped by last week and got distracted…forgot to post. I love the art you shared today.
    Thanks, Jules, for the book recs. And how fun to surprise your girls.
    LW, yay for days off and movies.
    My kicks:
    1. Quick trip to Seattle to see nieces.
    2. Breakfast with friends.
    3. Saw The Favourite. Stellar performances by all three women.
    4. Family gathering the weekend befire with youngest daughter.
    5. Solstice.
    6. Cheer
    .7. Light.

  3. Oh wow Jules! Thank you thank you thank you for posting my little deer! It made me so happy. It was truly the most lovely honor and I am very touched. It would absolutely be Number 1. on my list of kicks!!!

    Here are the other 6….
    2. Listening to Greta Thunberg’s speech
    3. Seeing The Old Woman Broods at Trap Door Theatre
    4. Seeing the movie, Nothing but a Man
    5. Reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
    6 coffee at 7am

    Thank you for making this such a sweet week! Happy holidays to you and your family!
    Xo, Laura

  4. What a sweet and colorful deer! So lovely Laura! Thanks for letting Jules share her. Coffee at 7 am is a lovely kick. Greta Thunberg is awesome & gives me great hope for our future.

    Jules – your kicks sound like you had an awesome week – especially the meal & book club & cat café with the girls & holiday lights.

    LW – hooray for DAYS OFF! Also auditions, movies, offers & healthy skepticism.

    Jone – breakfast with friends, trips to Seattle, solstice, lights & cheer all make for a lovely week.

    My kicks this week:

    2.A win in court for a deserving client right before getting to go to that concert.
    3. Finding the pinot noir St. Innocent for everyone who worked on a case with me that got either a Not Guilty or outright Dismissal this year. (Bonus is its really good.)
    4. Holiday parties.
    5. Watching Elf on Saturday night.
    6. Madame Secretary tackling the current issues, this week child separation in AZ.
    7. Having a full day at home after a super busy week.
    7.5 The friendships & connections to others, whether in person or online, & the joy & happiness they bring. Especially here at Seven imp, it makes me so happy to get to visit with everyone once a week.

    Happy Holidays, everyone!


  5. One last extra kick! If you happen to get the Starz channel, they are showing the 2018 Oscar nominated best Short Films, including the winner “The Silent Child”.

    The Silent Child is so very very good.

    All of them are worth your time.

  6. Little Willow: Enjoy your days off! I get some too, and I’m looking forward to it.

    Jone: Love those last few kicks. I so badly want to see The Favourite.

    Laura: Thank YOU. Happy holidays to you and yours, too!

    Rachel: Elf never fails to make me laugh. Thanks for that last kick, and I love it when you all visit. Congrats on the court win — so glad you celebrated it with colleagues.

    I will have to see where else I can see The Silent Child, because I don’t have Starz. But I’m intrigued.

    Happy merry to all!

  7. Jules – this is the trailer for The Silent Child, looks like its on youtube & google play, & itunes for streaming.


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