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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Ninepatch Valentine


Dear  Cyber Readers,

My January challenge has been learning to use AOL’s revised bulk mailing system.  After hours working with a tech, I was advised to send  all  formats of the newsletter with one mailing. ( Probably because the mailing process was rather complicated!)  Thus the .pdf and the Word files are attached.   Email format readers will find that at the end of this message.


It seems when techs try to make things “easier” they complicate them. Maybe it’s simply because my mind doesn’t work like theirs! (?)     I just got off the phone with a tech who said my entire list of  addresses had been deleted! ( Oh no! How did I do that?)  She restored them. <Whew!>


I figured while I had all your names and all was going as it “should,” I had better quickly send to everyone, even though it’s not quite the first of Feb.


On a lighter note, here’s a bit kids used to write in my autograph book years ago.  Say each letter separately :it’s a Valentine-related thing .

U   R   A   Q   T !


Hope I triggered a smile!



Frances Fritzie


Also read Frances’ “Family Story” here…



Ninepatch Birthdays for February:

Palma 11

Frances 20



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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