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.

Betsy’s open door




A line of “September Song’ says,  “… And the days dwindle down to a precious few: September, November … .”

Why do skies and trees catch my attention this month? Haven’t they always been as lovely?   Something must have changed.

It’s me!

As leaves fall, I don’t focus my energy on a multitude of jobs: writing, housekeeping, errands, children’s activities and social events.   Instead, the air and slant of the sun invite me: Look up and around.

Breathing deeply, I am touched by nature’s beauty.

November still holds some colorful trees. However, recently it was a leafless one that caught my eye. I clicked my camera as it pointed its dark fingers to a cotton candy cloud in the evening sky.

tree and cloudstree and clouds

In the fall of my life, may my own limbs also point to some bit of God’s beauty or truth.


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!


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


black and white sketch of tulips