7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #650: Featuring Carson Ellis’s Pin

h1 August 11th, 2019 by jules


I’m doing something a little bit different today and sharing this pin that author-illustrator Carson Ellis created. For obvious reasons. I know that merely sharing a post like this does little for my part (compared to a force like the NRA), so I’ll say this: If you’re angry and sad and fed up, as so many of us are, I recommend you contact your elected officials to tell them how you feel.

Carson shared this at Instagram and told me it was fine with her if I posted it here today. If I understand it correctly, she is not producing and selling these pins. In fact, she’d probably encourage you to make your own! DO IT UP.

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) This New York Times piece by Margaret Renkl, who lives in my neck of the woods.

2) I have always loved Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 and have been wearing it out lately (and playing it for my daughters), so I was happy to read this.

3) My picture book grad course ended this past week. One of my students wrote this, which makes me happy to see.

4) A smooth start to the school year for my daughters, though they are sad to say goodbye to summer.

5) Daniel Miyares’s new poster.

6) My mother-in-law passed away this past Thursday. It’s kind of crazy around here (one reason this post is shorter than normal). Not kicky news. But the kick is: the way she’d get excited every spring about the first jonquil appearing in her yard.

7) The kindness of friends.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

5 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #650: Featuring Carson Ellis’s Pin”

  1. Good afternoon, Imps! Thank you, Jules and Carson.

    Jules: I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family. Congratulations on the completion of your course.

    My kicks for the past week:
    1) Reaching out
    2) Support
    3) Laughter
    4) Opportunities
    5) Spontaneous singalong
    6) Sharing
    7) Caring

  2. What a wonderful button! I also really really love the poster by Daniel Mirayes and am sharing it far and wide – especially to some teachers of little ones that I know.

    Jules – so sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law. Thank you for sharing the lovely memory of her excitement over the first spring jonquil – may her memory be a blessing.

    Little Willow – great kicks this week, and I love the most kicks 1 & 2 and then kicks 6 & 7 and how they bookend the rest.

    My kicks this week:
    1) This was a rough week to be a human in the world. It is so very nice to have a soft place to land here and to look for the good.
    2) Demanding and challenging week workwise culminating with a very long day Friday. The kick is having gotten through it.
    3) Calling my elected representatives in Congress to let them know how I feel about the issues.
    4) Hearing from an old friend who reached out to talk.
    5) Taking Daisy swimming – she still doesn’t totally love it – but she’s awfully cute in her lifevest and when dogpaddles.
    6) It was Burger Week in Portland so I managed to try 5 of the many many $5 burgers that were available. Yum.
    7) Movie buff that I am, had never seen Pretty Woman, so Friday night got Daisy settled on the sofa and finally took it all in. I still have my objections to the story, but it is a delicious puff pastry of a movie and Julia Roberts and Richard Gere were so young and beautiful with such great chemistry, I can understand why it was such a cultural moment.

    have a good week everyone!

  3. Ah, Jules, I send you my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother-in-law. Your memory of her seems as though she was a person always looking for sunshine. It reminds me of Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! which I just read this week. I love Daniel Miyares’ work and this poster is super.
    Little Willow: I will constantly look for laughter; specifically the laughter of children.
    Rachel: I am glad to read you survived the week and shared a movie with Daisy on Friday.

    My kicks:
    1. Dinner with former students and their mother, a collegue
    2. Cooler temperatures
    3. Water
    4. Breezes to blow away the bugs
    5. Met author Kate Hannigan
    6. Planting trees
    7. Walks with Mulan

    Have a wonderful week.

  4. Little Willow, we should have a kickers gathering one day and have our own spontaneous sing-along. Wait … I’m planning it, so it can’t be spontaneous. (p.s. We have TWO episodes left of season two of Dark.)

    Rachel: I’m glad this site can be a soft place to land. Love your fourth kick. And Burger Week? I’ve never heard of such a thing. It is an annual event in Portland?

    Margie, those are good, well-rounded kicks. Love that first one. Hugs to Mulan.

    Have a good week, you all …

  5. Jules – Burger Week happens every year in Portland – its sponsored by one of our weekly papers, the Portland Mercury. All the participating local restaurants create a special burger they sell for $5, some have special drinks or fries etc for add-ons. I try to use it to get to local places I haven’t tried yet, and sometimes a favorite place will have a burger that looks awesome. Its always a fun way to be a part of the local community and eat good food.

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