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, August 5, 2013


On an exploration
through known territory
I've lived here many years
and memorized all the turns
and quirks and niches
and potholes along the way
We have this dance
and we both know most of the steps
On expedition
on the invisible bridge
between past and future
It looks the same
yet there are no guarantees...

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