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, January 28, 2015


The shadows play big
with the light from the side
Shade stretching and slithering
across the landscape

• • •

She pumped her feet
and leaned deep in the push
going higher and higher
-but never any lower-

As her shadow slid
like a water slick
across the dappled ground

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Another Beginning

Rookie ‘til the end
For it’s an eternal
ever now beginning

And the “end” is actually
(let’s not mistake it for otherwise),
another beginning

• • •
A wise one said sagely
to stay in beginner’s mind

How could one not?
Since each and every single moment
is, in itself, a new beginning

Monday, January 26, 2015

Circle Blessing

the delicate white spider
deliberately walked
the circumference
of our circle, then disappeared

Who was that blessing us?
What part of me-you-us-all?

Self-affirmation of the One

Friday, January 23, 2015

Same Sun

Over the hill
on the other side
the day shines 
with the light
from the same sun
as this side

And, when you’re there,
on that other side,
this side 
is the other side
where daylight
under the same sun

And so it goes
the dance 
dance in the sun…

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Part of the Infinite

Once I cleared the horizon
I discovered the only way
to have no reference
was to have no relationship

Which really is impossible,
as wherever I go,
I’m part of the Infinite