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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Forever Bright

Even behind the
Darkest clouds
The sun shines
Bright as ever

And, even in
The darkest heart
Spirit shines bright forever

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Our Story

When I tell my story
there are parts
that you resonate with

And, as you tell yours,
I experience the same

As we dive deep into
into the stories
we discover it is
the same story
from a different angle

Our story...
a jewel, a many petaled lotus…

Monday, September 15, 2014

Unique Design

We each wear a beaded belt
of unique and shifting design

Every moment of our lives
 a different shade
a hue of emotions
each cast 
as a light-glittered glass bead

The unique beauty of you

Friday, September 12, 2014


With the noble intention
of soul to soul communication

Words and emotions drifted
through intricate filtering systems

Codified, classified, intensified
approved or laid to the side
• • •
Eventually, hearts speak

A row of strangers merges
into common denominators

Shared pain or laughter
mutual experience
seeps through filters

Thursday, September 11, 2014


That little bug
The one I’d never seen before
With his iridescent wings

And that smiley marking
On his little shoulder

Just walked into my salad
Is it still safe to eat…? 

(sans the buggy protein of course)