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.

Friday, July 24, 2015


Contaminated by the Love Bug
their tactics were incorrigible
unpredictable and unstoppable

It was as if they were driven
by a superhuman power

Bouts of uncommon compassion
tainted thoroughly by wave after wave
of unconditional love
spreading virally

The fresh outbreak took on
pandemic proportions
leaving them all in a state
of overwhelming bliss

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