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.

Saturday, February 20, 2016


"I rest my life upon the sure foundation..."

In thought and word and deed
she emulates that which 
lights her spirit

She embodies that which
enlightens mine

A center for expression of good
beautiful and creative
eternal and victorious

Wisdom pouring out
splashing and splattering
with verve
upon a parched
a thirsty ground
as though its' source
is limitless

And, so, it is,
and so, she says,

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