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.




Tomorrow’s my 1962 high school reunion!

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Our class of about 200 meets every five years. Over more than half a century since we graduated, I have missed only one such event. Like a bear sniffs out a honeycomb, I am drawn to my classmates.

Like honey, some classmates are sweet. However, that is not the whole allure.  About a third of them went though all the grades with me.   I feel “comfortable” with those Chandler Elementary folks.  Like watching a sad movie, when there I witnessed the death of one’s boy’s father when we were both in third grade. Another’s little brother died after pulling a hot percolator full of coffee from the counter and scalding himself. Such pain!

Even those I didn’t share elementary or junior high with brought me smiles. I watched several play basketball and football. I sat at their performances: plays, choirs and orchestra. I enjoyed music of their marching and pep bands.

Trying to understand their lives, I studied several whose religious beliefs were different from mine and also attended my first Catholic service with a girlfriend.

I kissed a few ’62 guys and double-dated with girlfriends. Staying overnight occasionally with  one girl and another, I learned about generous and strict families.

My classmates helped make me who I am. Like not-often-seen distant cousins, I love them all.

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.

We have a Paypal account, or you can send a check to our mailing address:

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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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