Most every work day for more than 11 years, Dena wrote 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. It became our practice to share the Daily Napkin with you, OUR ritual of the heart. Then, in October 2015, Marshal retired, so the whole dynamic changed. Dena took several months to re-evaluate and decide what she was going to do. Since she is also simplifying, she is in the process of incorporating all 8 (including this one) websites into one. With that in mind, the poetry of the napkin is now joined with her art and/or photography images. May you enjoy them. May they feed your spirit.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Tell my heart, please
not to burst
with joy, and love, and overwhelming Grace
Whisper softly on the breezes of your breath
gratitudes, prolific gratitudes
Savor the sweet aroma of Spirit rising
surrounding every thought
encompassing every feeling
uplifting every deed
The giving of thanks
engulfed in the Praises

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