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, August 25, 2011


There on a bed of pine needles

we would gaze at the clouds


Ants crawling over bare toes

and dusty jean pockets full

of found treasures


“Look! Do you see the elephant?”

“You mean the one dancing on the big castle?”


We dreamed and visualized

the afternoon away


As squirrel and rabbit and deer

quietly witnessed

passing by on their way home




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