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, November 26, 2014

Knotholes and Blemishes

Sometimes, we’re knotty
with each other
It’s at those times
that love emulsifies

Now we let the blemishes
blow away in the winds of forgiveness
and our  spirits can shine
through our hearts

While we go through
the knotholes of life together
softened by our gratitudes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Full Bucket

Fill your being
Like a bucket at the well

Every moment
You remember
Every day, every day

Peace, joy, bliss…
Drink it all in

Friday, November 21, 2014

Near the Line

a while back
with tilted eyes and monikers
whilst tippy toes clod-hopped

she discovered 
quite unobtrusively
that quietly
with no pomp 
the circumstance of near arrival
of a large marking of time
spent judiciously 
on a daily basis
was fast approaching

the fear of success
or the idea of achievement 
hobbled her
almost instantaneously
so much so
that all regular habits
died on the spot

* * *
the roots live
deep and strong
whether near some invisible line
or not
and new sprouts and shoots
are bound to grow


After this post we have 10 more posts to reach 1,000. And each of those days a single effort is all it will take to re-kindle the habit of the Daily Napkin.

Monday, October 27, 2014


The star on your forehead
Shines brightest
When you are steeped in innocence
Or when you belly up to the playground

What makes you so special?
That’s easy!

You are a unique individual
Within the whole of Life
And, the Universe loves you beyond measure

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Buddy Fun

Me and my best buddy
are easily entertained
It doesn't take much
for the Muse to strike us
with ideas - two- four or many
Flinging epiphanies
singing new songs
giggling at each other
Oh, my!  It's so much fun!