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.


Pilgrims stand in front of the Mercy Door.Pilgrims stand in front of the Mercy Door.


Dear cyber friends,

As spring becomes summer, it’s good to also consider “seasons of the soul.”  They are usually less marked than nature’s seasons. 

The reflection below may be an  external observation of such a “soul season.





In April 2017, my younger son flew to Florida for a long weekend. We visited my favorite Florida Gulfbeaches on Anna Maria Island off Bradenton. We have a long history at those sandy shores.

Years ago when David was small, we visited my parents in Central Florida. During those holiday vacations, my folks always drove us over to Anna Maria Island beaches because they had swing sets and were “family oriented.”

Last year, I wrote about the unfinished house I saw there while walking the beach.   I likened the house under construction to my “self” which –according to my dreams –is continually under construction.

Unfinished house 2016

Unfinished house 2016

When I looked for that completed house this year, I was amazed at what it had become!   Can it be the same house? I walked back and forth in the area where I recalled the construction stood. Even the yellow house next door has a different porch. But…this must be it.

I shook my head. Last year, I had no inkling how it would develop.

Finished house 2017

Finished house 2017

The finished product brought up thoughts about my life.  I can guess what the coming 365 days will bring in terms of projects I will complete and life changes, but those are only projections.   Anything is possible. My life may become much larger and grander than I ever expect!

May the “house” you “build” in your coming year surprise and please you!

Frances Fritzie

Frances Fritzie



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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!


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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.

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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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