my journal

Today was a day of triumph!  I was able to decide that before I could do any writing, reading, painting or crocheting I had to exercise.  So I proudly drove to my favorite park and began walking the three mile trail.  My feet were not happy with this new adventure in fact my feet were aching after the first half mile.  And after I walked the one mile mark I was out of breath and my legs were hurting from not stretching first before I started.  I rested on a bench that was probably placed there strategically and caught my breath.  It felt wonderful to rest after all I had been walking for 30 minutes.  I got up after about three minutes and began walking again.  I was determined to walk as much as my body would allow.

You see I was having such hard time because I had not walked on that trail for three years, and I had gained thirty pounds. I walked another half mile and turned around and headed back to my car   So in all I walked about two miles today.  I am very proud and I even felt a bit of a runners high, or exhilaration on the way back    It could have been that I had reached my goal and or my body responding to the exercise itself.  I am pleased with what I accomplished today and will continue on this journey.

Thank you for reading    joann cohen 02/18/2020



When your heart was tender and rampant thoughts ruled your mind

I couldn’t get to you

The edge was near so you jumped

Into darkness

I couldn’t get to you in time

Will you ever come back whole?

Joann Cohen 2020


You make the Sun and it gives us warmth

You give us breath and we live and you take it away when it’s time

You channel the wind to change our stagnant seasons You also give us frosty winters to remind us we are mortal

We have this incredible sensory system that can experience your gifts that you bestow upon us

The shimmer and twinkling of the stars are measurements of our infinite souls

You give us a night to cover us and you give us a daylight that we may bring Heaven to earth

All we need to do is call on you and you comfort us when we have our deepest pain

Thank you for this gift of a broken life. It is up to me to cherish all you have given

and You have given an enormously

Joann Cohen 2020


All the days became dark at 5:00pm.

And the wind blew the cold air into our town. Howling and warning us of the treacherous Winter that lay ahead.

Gleaming in the distance, light that sparked hope and warmth.

For it was December, a month full of contradictions.

Joann Cohen December 2019