THE MONTHLY QUESTION

Frances, Editor has a comment on “I first lived away from home at/with…” I guess my parents wanted to be sure I didn’t come running home from college every weekend. They sent me 1,000 miles away from Northern Indiana to Northern Florida. I lived in a three-floored dorm housing at least 200 girls in cell-like […]

HOW TO LINK TO THE Ninepatch WEB PAGE

Speaking for the Ninepatch Board of Directors, we’d be so grateful if you’d share our Ninepatch web site newsletter with your online friends! Here’s how: If you’re using a PC copy http://ninepatch9.org/ (by highlighting it and pressing Ctrl and C at the same time) and then paste it into the text box on Facebook, Twitter, […]

THE EVERYDAY MOON

In a white petticoat Against an azure Sky, Simplistically Beautiful,  Dependable,  Meeting a deadline Timed every Day,  Artists decorate  Her,  Poets write about Her, But she has no need For fanfare,  A natural beauty,  She wears no makeup,  No lipstick, No need for a compact Mirror,  Just herself,  Plumply Satisfied… Gayle Bluebird (May ‘18) adds, […]

CLOSE TO TEARS

When I’m dead please leave the toothpaste speckles, on my mirror- They may form if you stare just right- into stars, and give you a glimpse of the vanished– the space I’ve stepped into. My body, without casket- placed in grasses, mist falls from late noon sky, collects on the bridge of your gray nose […]

THE SMILE

A smile may be quite fetching, but… Complimenting it Opens a new link to positivity.   Simon Stargazer III (May ‘18) adds, “I know because I practice it every day.”

PATIENT H 69

Recently, I read Patient H 69 by Vanessa Potter. The true story is about a woman who lost her sight over a period of 3 days in 2012. That was followed by the loss of some physical abilities and sensation. Eventually she was diagnosed with NMO, neruomyelitis optica, a condition that affected her vision and […]

A UNIQUE BOOK

I just read a unique book called Two Old Women by Velma Wallis. It’s a short book – 160 pages. It’s an Alaska Legend about Betrayal, Courage, and Survival. Set in northeastern Alaska in archaic times, two old women spend the winter in the wilderness abandoned by their tribe. Their helplessness morphs into bravery and […]

REREADING A BOOK

Our book club’s recent choice was The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I read it a couple of years ago, but did reread the book. I found it interesting that the first time I read it I thought of the author’s parents as “eccentric.” However, upon rereading it, I viewed them more critically and thought […]

Take small bites…

Take small bites of life. James (May ‘18) adds, “Large bites may lead to choking.”

BUBBA ANGEL

In early spring a year after my husband died, I finally felt like I could rejoin the universe.  With God’s help, time and support of good friends, I realized I was able to function as a individual and be on my own to do whatever I pleased. I decided a journey it would be! I […]