Introducing Picture a Conversation™

Although I’ve been scarce for several months, I’ve not been idle. Here’s what’s been happening. Some of you are familiar with the greeting cards Martin and I have been creating under the His Lens/My Pen imprint.

A while back I saw a family of four at a restaurant. Everyone — kids and parents — were all looking at their cell phones. The image of that completely disconnected family stayed with me for weeks. Until one day a thread of an idea alighted somewhere in my brain.

Could our His Lens/My Pen images and texts be used in some way? To create a set of conversation cards?  Designed to get people talking to one another face to face, without iPhones or texting or e-anything? In that moment, Picture a Conversation was born. Actually the name came to me a few weeks later while I was waiting at a stop sign, but the idea was firmly lodged in my noggin and wasn’t budging.

So this is where I’ve been for the past half year or so, developing the idea, beta testing since last April with families, women’s groups, couples and couples therapists. Even a home for pregnant teen moms and a shelter for women rescued from the sex slave predators. Heavy, yes, but the cards bring light and connection time and again which just thrills me.

How does it work?  Thank you for asking! On the front of each Picture a Conversation card are the images you know and love from His Lens/My Pen. On the back are three questions and/or statements designed to get you talking to one another, face-to-face, in real time. Like this:

Our daughter Emma has been in charge of graphic design and she’s done a wonderful job creating a cohesive visual theme the whole way through. I love how she incorporated that little river/snake icon evoking ancient petroglyphs out west. She has transformed my clunky and busy attempts into simple and elegant. And God bless her, she’s been more patient than the saintliest saint when it came to re-dos and changes.

Now we are moving forward, having ordered 1000 sets of Picture a Conversation. In  future column I’ll share what that really looked like.  I feel like I’ve thrown myself off a cliff with no idea where or when I’ll land. What I do know is that more than anxiety (almost none) there is excitement (a whole heck of a lot.)  Like you, I’ve read and/or noticed diminishing eye contact with the younger generation and how they would rather text than talk. Like you, I find myself falling into that trap as well. I believe in this concept so much, knowing how dearly we all need to set aside the devices and reconnect.

If you want a set of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Look to the column on the right or go to the “Get a Set” page.  Marketing and distribution are the Gordian knot to any venture. If you have ideas of places or people who should know about Picture a Conversation, please share your contacts. Corporate team building? College campuses? Retreat centers? Your uncommunicative grandson? At the very least, may I ask you to share this post with your friends and others? Email a link or share it via Facebook.

I’ll be posting relevant articles and short essays on the different aspects of this project in the weeks to come. Until then, check it out, share your feedback. Stop texting. Start talking.

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  1. Kevin says:

    Debra – I purchased a set of the “Picture a Conversation” cards. I was sitting on the couch with my significant other. Nothing of interest was on TV and we were both searching for something to do with our time before retiring for the evening. I suggested we open a bottle of wine, put a fire in the fireplace, and try out this new product of yours. I have to tell you that we both selected 3 cards and had just a wonderful time talking about some very insightful topics. We both enjoyed the conversation and learned a little more about each other in the process. Looking forward to sifting through more of the cards over time. Great product! Thanks!

    • Kevin, thank you so much for sharing your experience. It sounds like the perfect way to dive in.
      Bottle of wine, fire in the fireplace, good conversation. Who could ask for anything more??? Thanks again for posting.

  2. Thank you Kevin and Debra.Some people are followers and some are leaders, obviously you are leading people holding the torch of human interaction.We are all aware how phones and other devices are great forms of communication ,we also need to be aware how much they separate and disconnect us from our source .Best wishes in creating this awesome product .

  3. Thank you for sharing such a great tool for human interaction.Our souls are thirty for the real connection ,a very human one , that texts or emails can not substitute , the cards are an avenue for that to happen.

    • Debra Darvick says:

      Thank you, Estela!

      Your words reflect exactly what we are trying to do with Picture a Conversation.
      (And what we hope others will do with them as well!)

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