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, April 28, 2015


Once there was a story
a lovely, engaging little yarn
filled with drama
sadness and happiness
stress and peace

The retelling of this archival tale 
jogged memories
provoked feelings
held me hostage to the past

Until one day
and spiffed up 
I let it go
I forgot it…

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