Most every work day for more than 9 years now, Dena has written a love note, poem or other thought, on a napkin - and tucked it in Marshal's lunch - a ritual of the heart. At the beginning of 2009 Marshal started typing them up. Now, it has become our practice to share the Daily Napkin with you, OUR ritual of the heart. May you enjoy them. May they feed your spirit.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Start Your Engines

In the company of the Muse
and a troupe of her affiliates
(or is it her initiates?)

the air vibrates with enthusiasm
creative epiphanies sparking
in the air like mini-lightning


One session -  a jolt from the starter
revved up for a daytrip of ideas


Regular gatherings
keep the engines running
on a symbiotic think fuel
and maintained by heart mechanics

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Babies are babies
no matter what animal

And the cuteness factor
quadruples the chances
for adults to emerge

The innocence of beginner’s mind
is open and attractive

And the pristine thought patterns
quadruple the chances
for inspiration to be sparked

Monday, July 28, 2014

Embracing the Tell

Have you ever noticed…

Through the corner of your eye
or the edge of your hearing
without an inkling of a cause
except the tiniest tug in the gut


There on the periphery of perception
some truths lie in wait
 ever since pushed out of focus
on some long ago forgotten date

In an obscure attempt
to adjust with more accuracy
the lenses with a twist of fate

Else, guarding, in a simple
pursuit of happiness
and fed by delusions of denial
or other coping mechanisms
Those there -  tickling
the edges of our awareness

Embrace the tell, turn on the truth
and step into all of you…

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I wonder…

Is enlightenment
like popcorn…?

One moment,
I’m this hard, sunny seed

Then, POP…
I’m full bloom enlightened?

If so, turn up the heat!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Here and Now

most sneezes
bring one into
the here and now

whether held back
to a squeaky implosion
or allowed
full and juicy 

a full experience,
a sneeze

Ah-Ahhh- Ahhchoooooie!!!