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.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Friends once met
trod upon the new found path
stepped light and joyous

Frolicked as young animals
thoughts bantered about
 mutual synapses made

Years and years following
weighed lofty, stark, or frequent
 familiarity springs deeper

Appearances only gently hide
the depths of love
intricacies of
our friendship eternal

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