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!”

    While  it’s not so apparent here in The South where we are green year-round, in the north, March and spring bring color back to brown grasses and, by month’s end,  early bulbs  push green shoots through warmed soil.

Of course, there’s  also the “Greening” of March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.  In my years of growing up and later teaching elementary school, we made shamrocks of green construction paper in honor of that day.

   As a teacher, I made one for every student to wear for the day since they might be pinched by some other sneaky student if they had not worn green clothing. ( The pinching was seldom malicious, that I could tell, but pinching was always trouble to be avoided!)

So March brings “green ” in more ways than one!   These days, I am likely to hand out Irish Blessings to people I encounter when I am out and about on Match 17.  In case I don’t see you on that day, here’s an Irish Blessing for you!

” May joy and peace surround you,

Contentment latch your door,

And happiness be with you

And bless you evermore! “

May the  blessings of spring be yours!






Facebook Questions For February 2020

Week 1: “What is your favorite thing to do with your family or friends?”

Week 2: “One of my favorite childhood memories is…”

Week 3: “My biggest weakness is…”

Week 4: “Lately I’m becoming…”


Ninepatch Birthdays for Mar 2020:

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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At this time of year, I pause to acknowledge those who are very much a part of Nine-patch. These volunteers give of their time and talent to support our outreach.

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First, a BIG thank you to my patient proof-readers, June Poucher and hubby JK.

HUGS for Membership Coordinator Dottie who creates and sends reminders letters twice a year. One set goes to those who renew at Year’s end and the other goes to those who renew in June.

A bouquet of thanks

and blessings also goes to Georgene who tracks our month-ly expenses and donations as well as producing our annual report. (A monster of a job!) She also creates monthly sticky notes for paper issues and serves with me on ourBoard of Directors. Merci Beaucoup!

We are incorporated in Michigan and Ilene is our agent there. We must maintain

an in-state representative. She dutifully sends on official documents. Gracias!

Thanks, too, go to James and Leigh our other monthly note writers. They add to our

paper newsletters with their small comments, observations and quotes.

To all those who give us their time, talent and treasure, we are grateful.

Frances Fritzie, Editor