Ninepatch OnLine Magazine 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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Happy month of “greening” to Ninepatch e-readers!


     Spring officially begins this month. For us in North Florida, that means major oak and pine pollen. First the oak that sprinkles us with yellow fairy dust. ( “Nature’s first green is gold…” Whitman)  Following that, the pines kick in. Their pollen is more chartreuse– a kind of green!
     Depending on where you live, you will see other green!
Green signifies growth: seeds send up shoots and before the end of April  flowers bloom even in yards and by-ways of our northern-most readers.
     Longer days themselves spur a kind of energy– especially when we “spring forward” on the tenth.  Wait… let’s not debate the downside of that event, but focus on more evening hours for visiting with neighbors, walking and biking!
      Yes, there’s also St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish practice of wearing green on March 17!  Here’s an Irish blessing:  “May the blessing of each day be the ones you need most!”
    It’s all good.
    Enjoy some GREEN!



Frances Fritzie


  • Please note: It is with sincere apologies to all that I post this item from editor, Frances, late. Unfortunately, I’ve been too tied up in tax preparation to check my email. Sorry for the inconvenience. Sincerely, Lynn


          In case you would like to honor St.Patrick’s Day or would simply be interested in trying a new recipe here’s one from Ireland!

          In 2002, I traveled to Ireland on a pilgrimage.  While there, I purchased a small recipe book. (Most of recipes are too complex for me or call for some odd thing like “caster sugar.”)

          The easiest/ shortest one in the little book called, Irish Teatime Recipes, Traditional Cakes from the Emerald Isle follows:


Slim Cakes

These thin, quickly made cakes, traditionally baked on a griddle and popular for breakfast as well as tea, would be eaten at one sitting as they are not “keepers”



 8oz. flour                              pinch of salt

2-2 ½ oz butter                     hot milk

1 egg, beaten                         NOTE8Tbs = ¼ lb. butter

                                                             31/2 c. = 1 lb. flour


Directions: Sift flour and salt together into a bowl, then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the beaten egg and sufficient hot milk to produce a smooth, elastic dough.  Roll out on a lightly floured surface to about ½ inch thick,

then cut into rounds. Heat a griddle or thick frying pan, butter lightly and cook the cakes for about 4-5 minutes on each side until golden. Serve warm.”





Weekly March 2019 topics for comment:

Week 1: “But we’ve always done it that way.” Name something you would like to change and why.”

Week 2: “When someone has hurt me verbally, I …”

Week 3: “What makes you happy?”

Week 4: “I want to be the kind of person who…


Ninepatch Birthdays for March:

Patricia 20

Dottie 25

VLB 27




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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