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, May 27, 2010


Through the window

and all the shades of green

a single spot of creamy white

like the orb of the moon

on a soft summer night

The very first pearl of the year


harbinger of joyous celebration

on jeweled crown

Magnolia grandiflora

magnificence in perfection

almost too sweet for the eye

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