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.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Else, ever seeking without end
ever gathering things of men
ever groping in darkness then

Should I not awaken
from slumber's dream
release the illusion
of what life seems

...So, I step out on faith
with love-filled heart, I lift my eyes
enter the peace with silent sighs
of blessed grace

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