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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tender Care

A moment in the garden
with toes exploring rich earth
face caressed by sun and breezes

Pop a tomato in the mouth
so flavor seeps juicy into cells

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It starts in preparation
seeding, planting, tending

And just as you and I
care tenderly for us and each other

The daily rituals of conscious attention

So, too, the garden comes to bear fruit
and nurturing peace…

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