Most every work day for more than 10 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.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Begin Again Again

Begin again
in this moment
once more


Leaning on guidance
stepping out
in faith
in knowing
with the heart
of a child

Beginners heart

Think of old Finnigan
do the little dance
and song
or not


Taking one more step because the journey is the destination.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Blessings for the Longest Night

Enter Winter Solstice, 
Longest night is near
Hear the heart, its’ yearning  
Invokes the light’s return
Mystery all around 
Blessings abound 

May you be surrounded  and in-filled by love and light!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanks Giving

There is such an abundance of things to be thankful for...

I could start saying them right now,
continue speaking them every moment, every day
from here on
and not have finished on the day I died...
And so I do

Thank you for being part of this abundant life with me.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Finishing Well

The warrior moves 
down the long tunnel
Nearing the light of a new life arena

He has come a long distance
over many years of boredom
and hanging on 
Waiting and praying for this day
with tenacity and grit

As he climbs up the ramp
He hears the welcoming crowd 
cheering him on and blessing him
for a job well done in his own
humble and quiet way

And, as he enters this 
untrodden field of opportunity,
Under the bright klieg lights

He knows in his gut
that he has finished well
and is now ready 
for this next life chapter
of  further adventures

Hip hip hooray!!!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Soul Gifts

Our gifts are meant
To stretch our capabilities
And stretching is
Always a challenge!

So, be attentive
To your soul’s joy
Let your soul’s delight
Be your compass

In Love, it’s begun…

Marshal is going to retire as of this Friday (October 30, 2015). He's been working in a State of California office for over 27 years. He's going to have way more time to explore his gifts (such as music - see 
In the meantime, The Daily Napkin will be changing. I (Dena) have been negligent in these last few weeks. It's got something to do with the shifts and changes in our lives. Marshal is a poet in his own right, and will be more involved in creating posts for this site. Still, we do not know yet how that will look. Both of us continue to focus on sharing uplifting gifts with you.