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.

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.

Monday, September 14, 2015


Blending the elements
fire and water
earth and air

Finding balance
which may be different
than yours, than theirs

Always in upheaval
of one kind or another
moving, alive, short stasis

And around again

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Honoring you for your work
the day to day nose to it
and way more
with a cherry on top (not maraschino)

The pulling, the seeping
The trudging, the weeping
The smiling, the joy work

Involving the unfolding
Allowing bigger
Discovering lighter
Enabling growth

Honoring you and me
and all of us…

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fickle Feathers

Like feathers falling
from who knows where

Thoughts and other mental activities
drifted upon the corners
nooks and craniums

Touched down in silent celebration
jubilant in a mute kind of way
a gaggle of possibilities
tickled inferences

While the occasional spackle
plopped and gurgled
a means of providing
to otherwise fickle 
feathered ideas