Ninepatch officially closed its non-profit cor-poration December, 30 2020.While we no longer have a Board of Directors or a treasurer, several volun-teers continue to help bring each issue to you. Our proof readers, June Poucher and James report on every issue. Also, notewriters, Georgene, Leigh and James continue to write their monthly stick-on notes which paper issue readers receive.

Thank you, thank you!

Editor Frances

Editor’s note: (Do you enjoy quotes? Want to join the notewriters-brigade and share them? Tell Frances!)



One of our paper-issue readers is clearing out her storeroom. She has stacks of old Ninepatch issues she is ready to part with. If you are interested in one, a set of a year or two, or a specific date, kindly contact Frances who will make arrangements.


Inside each paper newsletter I have included a stamped post-card. One side features data collection to update my files. Over twenty-six years, some of my information cards are used on both sides as readers moved and/or change phone numbers or e-mail. Also, I do not have birthday information on every-one! I am not interested in the year, but would like to put your name in the list for your birth-day’s appropriate month!

E- readers will find a separate .wps (not .pdf) file. I hope you can download, type on it and paste it into an email back to me! (Too much? Tell me. I’ll send you a blank postcard to fill out and return.)

Kindly help with this en-deavor by returning your information!

Editor Frances



Week One: “If you could have any superhero’s special power, what hero would you choose and which power?”

Week Two: “What advice are you glad you ignored and who gave it?”

Week Three: “What’s your favorite fast-food meal and from which restaurant?”

Week Four: “If I want to congratulate a friend, I do this:

I ___.”

Week Five: “I never leave home without ___.”




Week One Topic: “If you could visit any country in the world, which would you choose and why?”

Georgene (Feb.’21) said, “My husband was in Germany after his tour in Vietnam. I was there after graduating high school. WE would like to go back together, maybe on the Viking Cruise boat that travels the Rhine River.”


Gail (See her article this issue.) said,” It used to be Peru. I wanted to hike to Machu Picchu, but my hiking days are over. Now, I’d like to visit Italy and experience the light in Tuscany, see Venice and the Italian Alps.”


DVL (See his book review.) said, “While I would like to travel to the land of my ancestors, Wales and Ireland, in the end I would choose Australia. I want to see the Outback. I’ve always been fascinated by desolate places.”


Elaine (See her letter.) said, “I’d like to see more of our country, including the Northwest and the North-Northeast. I’d like to spend additional time in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and specifically Washington D.C. (Maybe not right now, though.) Destinations also on my list to see are: Savannah, Ashville, Austin and Charleston, SC.”



Our Great Room:

A clinic for immunizations.

Waiting for fifteen minutes

After a pin prick on my

Upper arm –

Nothing to be alarmed


I am better able

To smile –

To think future!

I have high hopes

The news will change,

COVID graphs turn down –

Oh! Ahead the world

Will celebrate –

And Me? I still go to thrift stores,

Look for bargains,

Wearing a mask

Not as disguise

But for protection mostly for others.

Gayle Bluebird (Feb.’21) adds, “The COVID 19 virus leaves many of us at a stand-still with not much to talk about or get excited about.  A lot of people in my senior residence don’t come out of their apartments. But the day for getting the vaccines

brought everybody down to the Great Room, all with hopes for a brighter future.



Kindness and love are closely related.

James (Feb.’21) adds, “One begets the other.”



While looking back through earlier issues of Ninepatch I paused on a couple of book comments. Back in 2012, M. Joan listed books she had read. Looking at her list I realized I, too, had read Alex Haley’s Roots and John Griffin’s Black Like Me and also Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country. Until I saw that reader’s list, I never heard anyone else I knew speak of reading those books.

It was an affirmation. I am not alone in my reading interests.


Nancyann (Feb.’21) adds, “I can think of only two books I started but quit in disgust and disinterest. They were J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Anthony Burgess’s dystopian novel Clockwork Orange.”



Following is a recent list of four books I recommend to Ninepatch readers:

1.What Was Good About Today by Carol Kruckeberg.  This is the story of the loving tender care the author gave to her dying eight-year-old daughter.

  2.We Are Our Mother’s Daughters by Cokie Roberts. An interesting memoir.

  3.Caroline by Sarah Miller. The story of Charles and Caroline Ingalls, told in Caroline’s inner voice.

  4.Falling from Horses by Molly Gloss. The story of a young man’s experience riding horses in the western movies.

June Poucher (Jan.’21) adds: “These are books I really enjoyed.”



I finally finished reading the 752 pages of The Bulley Pulpit, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (After the book proper came 139 pages of notes!) 

The author went into great detail about the lives of President Roosevelt & President Taft. He also included the lives of the young high-minded journalists of McClures Magazine: John Phillips, Lincoln Steffens, Roy Baker, Ida Tar Bell, William White. They were all guided by the owner, Sam McClure.

  The story tells how Roosevelt and Taft became friends, parted ways and, toward the end of Roosevelt’s life, reconciled.  Through their efforts they made great strides for the betterment of ordinary people.

  Hard to believe two men w/such different out looks and temperaments could be friends. Maybe it started due to both being born into wealthy well- educated families!

DVL (Feb.’21) adds, “On a humorous note I learned a neat trivia fact.  For a political dinner in Atlanta, Georgia for Taft, the cook used a hundred opossums and fed six hundred people! I’m guessing heavy on the potatoes, light on the opossums!”

Editor’s note about the title: The word “Bulley” had a positive meaning a hundred -some years ago, not the negative meaning of today.  Theodore Roosevelt was a fighter, literally and figuratively. He was proud of his accomplishments as well as his ideas.  As President he had the pulpit to lecture the whole country, hence the title.