OUR 2017 SELF-DISCOVERY GAME

LindaSue (July ‘17) shares her soul-game experience. “I chose number 1 –mostly. The soul is the same size as its body was in life. But, as in 4, the soul is also like a cloud or a vapor, a spirit without definite form. I do believe in heaven and hell. ‘… to be absent from […]

MONTHLY QUESTION

I remember my first paying job! Like Frances, I consider my first formal employment as my first job. My folks did not want me to work in high school so my first job came in my freshman fall of college. My sister-in-law arranged it. I became a front desk clerk at a hotel that primarily […]

FOR THE FRESHMAN GIRL IN DISH LINE

The most astounding things about working in this cafeteria is knowing you eat dinner here every Tuesday, bringing your tray of dishes to me by six-thirty. Your burgundy hair makes an entrance I feel dangerous watching you pass, wanting you to raise your head from the plate you set before me. Among your traces of […]

TEARS FELL IN MY APPLESAUCE

Cynthia and I sat in the Dublin Diner At the end of a school day when Too early November frost Had accumulated on the window pane. It was about 5:30 p.m. when back In town cheerleaders were practicing For the upcoming football game. Cynthia knew something was wrong But didn’t ask, preferring to Talk to […]

BATTLE

Satan employs monsters And blasphemes every rule in the game, Striving to maim brothers and sisters Is his lame-duck claim to fame. Vessels of bitterness, greed and glory Are opened by alcohol and drugs. Attempting to embellish God’s Great Story By smearing toxic sludge. Only by prayer and His Spirit within Can one survive in […]

STRETCH

It may be a stretch, But striving for the light Is always right. Simon Stargazer III expands on the thought, “Often in a crisis, and even in everyday circumstances, we look above for answers. Sometimes, we look within, searching the dark corners of the brain for an answer. Stretching the mind opens up the inner […]

Patience…

Patience and persistence are keys to success. James (July ‘17) expands, “Difficult tasks may be completed if you stay with them.”

AMY’S TANGLES

AmyKaren (July ‘17) discusses what she “saw” first in her next totally black-and-white image, and the following mostly colored one. “The ‘violin tangles’ are about how my husband’s music died with him.  Ed did such beautiful, painstaking work creating those instruments which now will never be played or enjoyed. The maker is dead, and their […]

MARY WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN

According to the tradition surrounding the weather lore on our mountain, if it rains on the days Mary goes over the mountain in June, there will be rain throughout the summer. If Mary’s skirts weren’t wet, there would be no rain during the summer, but it would start up again on August 15 (traditionally known […]

around the frame aug 2017 – our experiences

Hi Frances,  I enjoyed your nostalgic piece “Heat Wave” in the July ‘17 Ninepatch. It featured a summer night on the street where you lived.  It was total Americana, Norman Rockwell-ish, and soothing to read.  It’s good to have those positive memories; they derail the negative intrusions. When Bill and I were bopping around Savannah, […]