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, March 19, 2013


How may days spent in contemplation
with only the One foremost in the mind?

A few moments here, several there
perhaps a retreat of hours or days
now and again, at some point

Still, like the mustard seed faith
or the scientific magic of leverage
the power of a single moment
plugged into the silence

- the sacred silence in the Presence -

moves mountains of sludge
and self-willful thinking
into the light of Love

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