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.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Seven Years of Blessings

On the path to Nirvana
in the world of mundane
There I met a traveler
with visions much the same

The more we shared our stories
and lessons we had learned
we discovered mutual interests
as well as bridges we had burned

On the road together
for oh, so many seasons
my love for you just gathers
for quickened hearts own reasons
A blessing in this lifetime
My joy with you keeps growing
I’m grateful for you, my partner
and for listening to inner knowing

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Today we celebrate 7 years of marriage. We have been recognizing that a lot of life's cycles run in 7 year increments so we have been consciously defining the changes of our relationship, and thereby experiencing a great deepening of the richness of it. Happy anniversary, my love.

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