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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Hello E-Readers!

     I didn’t miss my electrical connection to Florida where JK is until it went out. It was a long four and a half days before our home’s electric and phone were restored. 

    We had anticipated the loss of our electric service, and JK borrowed a neighbor’s cell phone Monday afternoon to tell me he was OK, but power and phone were out. I missed talking to him each evening as we usually do.

    While  some Florida neighbors had damage from falling trees, we were blessed to have had none.  JK reports a tall pile of sticks and fallen limbs still sets at the base of our driveway and has been there for nearly ten days. 

    The Florida newspaper reports there are not enough tree crews to manage the need.  Yard waste pick up is another matter. It will probably be a while before the city will get all the yard waste picked up. 

    Other Florida Ninepatchers report minimal damage. In this issue, a few early letters relating to Hurricane Irma appear. Others will appear in the next issue.

    When Mother Nature winds up and lets loose, with hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding I feel small and realize how insignificant I am in the scope of things.

    While our damage was mostly inconvenient, for me it was also an opportunity to get “right-sized.”

    I am blessed.


Frances Fritzie

Frances Fritzie




This month’s question, “If you were asked to create the ultimate dessert, what would it be?” will hold over for November with “My parents told me I was a ___ baby.”


Ninepatch Birthdays


Jane 7

Diana 17



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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