Debra Darvick

enhance your now in word and image

ABOUT

Enhance Your Now

 

2020 taught me to embrace the present moment. What gift does it hold? An opportunity to practice patience? Compassion? What is called for — a response or simply my silent presence? What might enhancing others’ present moments look like? 

I conceived of the Enhance Your Now website as a contemporary version of yesterday’s “wunderkammer,”      a curio cabinet that held the kinds of found objects and mementos, small artworks and bits of delight so joyous and/or puzzling that they had to be shared to be fully enjoyed. Enhance Your Now offers a similar experience. Gathered here are moments from my life, images, books, bits of wisdom, and conundrums so engaging that I am compelled to share them. 

 For much of my career, I wrote feature stories and essays for a variety of national Jewish presses. My work appeared in Good Housekeeping, the Detroit Free Press, and Newsweek. I am the author of  This Jewish Life, Stories of Discovery, Connection and Joy (Front Edge Publishing, LLC, 2012)  and the children’s book We Are Jewish Faces (Apples & Honey Press, 2018).

My advice column for the Detroit Jewish News was a dream-come-true gig for a former kid captivated by Dear Abby and the “Can This Marriage Be Saved” column  in my mother’s Ladies Home Journal magazines.  I am currently working on two picture books.

Meaningful conversation is the key to strengthening any relationship. In 2016, my husband, photographer Martin Darvick, and I created Picture a Conversation™, a set of 25 cards each with three unique prompts whose topics are inspired by an image from nature.

I continue to navigate this world taking each moment as it comes, learning again and again there is only one place to be, to plan, to grow, to mend, and to love. That place is the now. Welcome to 2021. Come, join me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enchance Your Now helps answerThe concept behind Enhance Your Now is the image of a  “wunderkammer,” a curio cabinet of bibelots, tchotchkes, relics, and such. organizes and shares treasured moments that captivate me, lift my spirit, gift me with beauty, surprise me with funny absurdities, challenge my assumptions, compel me to compose an essay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For much of my career, I wrote feature stories and essays for a variety of national Jewish presses. My work appeared in Good Housekeeping, the Detroit Free Press, and Newsweek. I am the author of  This Jewish Life, Stories of Discovery, Connection and Joy (Front Edge Publishing, LLC 2012)  and the children’s book We Are Jewish Faces (Apples and Honey Press 2018.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My advice column for the Detroit Jewish News was a dream-come-true gig for a former kid captivated by  Dear Abby and the “Can This Marriage Be Saved” column  in my mother’s Ladies Home Journal Magazines. Currently, I am currently working on two picture books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meaningful conversation is the key to enhancing any relationship. In 2016, my husband and I created Picture a Conversation™, a set of unique prompts that combine image and text. It’s gratifying to know that meaningful dialogue is being sparked every time someone chooses a card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I continue to navigate this world taking each moment as it comes, learning again and again there is only one place to be, to plan, to grow, to mend, and to love. That place is the Now. Come, join me.