God’s been working on me to use appropriate eye contact when I sing in the choir.

From the time I was a pre-teen I sang in a church choir. In fact, I have sung in choirs at various churches I’ve attended, and my eye contact has never been really good. 

When I was singing […]

around the frame oct 2019 – our experiences

Dear St. Frances!

I can’t put my finger on it but the September 2019 Ninepatch seemed special, almost “glowing”. Really odd.

It was a simple pleasure to read.

Have a great day!


Malaina (See also her story in FABRICS.)


Dear Frances:

Your service work in getting an adult club […]


Memorial Day rain,

daughter Cassie inside practices piano,

birds chirp all over,

cars pounding bass . . .

juxtaposed images produce

mind gap illumination lightning,

a synapse fire.

Cassie today

walking in morning sun

holding my hand



Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal.

Florida? I can see my breath!

Bundled in my fluffy purple jacket, I opened the door of Bush Auto Shop. Stepping into an empty waiting room, I saw a large cat perched like a furry gray guard, on the counter near a computer […]


Not done yet, we …may need pep talks,

Our bodies …with a few cracks. We can still go dancing,

With new costumes …and plumes in our hair,

We have wisdom to share, …from our life experiences,

Places to go, …dreams yet to fulfill,

Sun to capture at seaside Edges, Real vitamin D, …not from […]

around the frame Mar 2018 – our experiences

(Letters to the Editor)

Dear Frances,

I enjoyed your article “A Family Story Continues.” I feel your pain and the fact it brings back sad memories for you. Well written.


Dottie (Feb. ‘18) adds, “I’m on a constant roller coaster with my son, Joe who’s had a stroke and is in a […]


Simon with Half-Dome behind him.


Day Four Afternoon

Previously: Simon, his 88-year-old brother, Thayer, and two children, Chris and Robin, drive into the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains to hike. After Thayer has a bout of dehydration, they instead drive into Yosemite.

12:30 We hit the Yosemite National Park. Wow!

2:50 In […]