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 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, Hello!

Happy Fourth of July Week!   ( THREE CHEERS FOR THE RED, WHITE and BLUE!)

This will be yet another holiday we celebrate in a new, COVID way!   We are making new memories, for sure! 

I don’t know about you, but I expect to come out of this COVID experience  changed. I can’t tell exactly how, but adapting is not easy and a challenge is GOOD for me even though I may not like it.   A few changes are already good. For example,  I have learned about Zoom ( an online fact-to-face meeting space that is similar to Skype, but designed for group meetings.)  At this point I ZOOM  with one group or another nearly every day!

I also have more time to work on my third book, RIDING THE AMISH BUS. 

And, by simply hanging in with isolating, living is helping me sort what’s really important from what is a mere desire. This is easy enough to write, but much more difficult to live with.  I want what I want!   (That “spoiled girl” part of me isn’t happy when I don’t give in to her. )

Wishing you a sunny and bright Fourth celebration– no matter how or what that means to you! Make memories!!


Frances Fritzie



Week 1: “The most daring thing I ever did was …”
Week 2: “What the world needs is…”
Week 3: “How long could you give up TV and or social media?”
Week 4: “When did you last cry?”
Week 5: “What’s your favorite dessert or treat?”


Ninepatch Birthdays for JUL 2020:

Elaine July 13


daughter, sister, mother
and grandmother
left this earth
June 9, 2020
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on her.
May she rest in peace.



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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