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.

Friday, February 11, 2011


A hike up the mountain
in the stillness of my mind
Where pale green buds
burst open into pink
at the perfect time
A hike with minimal effort
or scrabbling through rocky slopes
And with brilliant sunshine
and soothing blue above

Soon I reach the summit
scanning horizons of my life

Gaze with peace at the beauty
joining eagle in his flight

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