Ninepatch is the monthly publication of a non-profit organization by the same name. In the pages of this Ninepatch magazine, women – and the men who support them – share their spiritual journeys and life experiences through letters, essays, poetry, book reviews and more. Ninepatch offers a forum where contributors can be heard and enjoy an atmosphere of sharing and acceptance. Such sharing is vital in helping everyone find their place in an eternal spiritual circle where all know and are known.

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Welcome to the December issue of Ninepatch OnLine Magazine!

December is a month that, for many in the Northern Hemisphere, entails the celebration of Christmas. For some, it’s a fast paced and hectic month, in which they must not only keep up with the normal work-a-day world, but also tackle all the shopping, cooking, decorating, socializing, and travel the comes with the holidays. For others, it’s a slow and lonely month, in which they struggle to find ways to entertain and interest themselves while winter, inexorably, deepens. Either way, December often brings so much depression and stress with it that it’s difficult to find real ‘joy’ in it, and to see beyond the long, dark, nights, to some ‘hope’ for the advent of spring.

So, I thought it might be useful to point out that December not only marks the coming of Christmas, but the coming of the winter solstice, too, which will occur on Friday, December, 21st. On that important date, the northern hemisphere will reach a tipping point, where it will be the furthest it moves from the sun, and begin its long, slow roll back toward that life-giving orb. As it does, we will be plunged into the longest, coldest, darkest, night of the year, when all the technological comforts and conveniences in the world aren’t, always, enough to stave off the winter blues.

Thus, it might be useful to keep in mind that, after the solstice, days will being growing incrementally brighter and longer, with the passing of each. Also, whether you ‘celebrate’ or ‘endure’ the Christmas holiday, perhaps you can take some hope and joy from the decorations and lights that try, in some small way to brighten this longest of nights, and to remind us that, soon, the sun will return, with all its warmth and vitality.

I’d like to take a moment, too, to thank the many contributors and visitors to this site who, throughout all this year’s trials and celebrations, have tried to share the hope and light that shines within them, and to reach out to others with warmth and acceptance. May each of these small acts of sincerity and love breed more of the same in each of your lives in the New Year!

with love and gratitude,


online editor, Ninepatch OnLine Magazine



Our Monthly Question for November 2018, “I am (fairly) good at….” will continue. A new topic will join it, “If neither time nor money were an issue, what do you think would be the most enjoyable way to travel from New York to California?”



Check out our Facebook, type “Ninepatch group!” Be sure

to put “Facebook group” in the search line. Not just “Ninepatch.”  Our business page has no postings or chat.

Here’s the weekly topic line up for November 2018:

Week 1: “My birthday…”

Week 2: “I laughed so hard…”

Week 3: “Television is…”

Week 4: “My favorite teacher





Ninepatch Birthdays for Dec:

We know of no December birthdays. And, if you have not seen your birthday listed this year, Editor Frances does not know your month and day!

If you would like your birthday to be included, kindly tell us!



Ninepatch is updating our web site and looking for additional writers. We want weekly bloggers, monthly comments and occasional small pieces. We are even thinking about short stories!


Contact Editor, Frances.


Ninepatch is a non-profit. Every person who works for us– including Frances—is a volunteer. No one is paid. However, we do have business expenses. Paper, ink, software, labels, and Internet connections, are a few.

While e- readers see color, our paper readers seldom do. It’s too expensive. Yet, due to mailing costs and postage, they bear the brunt of “donation-for-service.” (Financially speaking, E- readers ride their coat-tails.)

If you enjoy reading our magazine and have not already made a donation for 2016, kindly consider making one. $5 is not too small.

We have a Paypal account, or you can send a check to our mailing address:

1014 NW 52nd Ter.

Gainesville, Fl. 32605

Thanks to those of you who support our outreach though coin-of-the-realm, service and prayers. Special thanks to our Board of Directors: Christa and Georgene, our membership coordinator: Dottie, our proofreaders: June and James and the sticky note writers: Leigh, James and Georgene. We appreciate their service.

Of course, you who contribute letters, stories, poems and drawings are the lifeblood of the newsletter and we are especially thankful for you!

Those who give in any way know the greatest return. Hence the old saying, “You reap what you sow.”

Editor, Frances


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