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.

About Us

Dena is an eclectic artist, illustrator and writer, often touched by the Muse, and always guided by Spirit. She has an MA in Art, and works in several media. She spent time in Honors English, and is published in diverse and obscure publications. She's in the process of working on five (5) books, The Daily Napkin being one of them.

Dena does illustration, fine art and graphic design for a living. You can see her  work at her website: or click on her profile to the right here to check out her other blogs.

Marshal is a musical artist. He plays the guitar and other instruments and writes original music. He has played in several bands. Currently, he plays solo gigs throughout Northern California, as well as in their band : Souls Journey. You can check out his music, or contact him on his site

Marshal is also a poet in his own right and has read his poetry at various venues. One of his creative visions is to publish one or more books of poetry. Click on his profile to the right to access his blog. His first CD, Older and Wiser, was released in late Spring of 2013.

Further, as a direct result of the Daily Napkin collaborative efforts, Marshal and Dena have started writing music together, and performing as a duet, a part of the Souls Journey collective offerings. They are available for bookings.