Bridge Over Troubled Water


My given name is Joanne Mary Elizabeth Koralesky, and my nickname is Joyanna. That’s how I go these days. I am a woman of a certain age who loves to learn and share. And I like to make people laugh sometimes; I don’t know why they laugh, but I still love to be around people when we’re laughing. I’m originally from Minnesota, dontcha know? Yah, sure, you betcha. Now I live in the heartland of Kansas City, Missouri. I like to say that word, “HEARTLAND.” I enjoy instrumental music, dance music. I’m a dancer – ballroom dance, line dance, circle dance, folk dance. 

I would like to share about the time that I traveled alone. At the age of 20, I left Minnesota in a charter plane and landed in Amsterdam. I traveled north through England over to Norway, through Sweden, Germany, and Italy, and then back home. For four months, I was traveling on my own and meeting people. 

Mark Twain said, “Travel is lethal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness.” And I’m so glad I traveled when I was young. That was a very special time. I stayed in hostels and hitchhiked, I did it on a dime, but I felt so wealthy being able to touch all kinds of people. 

In Norway, I went to a place behind the Oslo government building: the Vigeland Gardens. It’s just amazing. It’s a series of sculptures of people in various poses. There’s an obelisk with human beings in various postures all the way up it. It’s very lovingly done. And what I came away feeling from that place was a sense of connectedness with all humankind. 

Then I hooked up with some other women, a couple that were from Calgary and one from Australia called Helen. We had a lot of fun hitchhiking. It’s best to hitchhike with somebody, I guess that’s just common sense. All through my journey, one of the songs that would play at that time was “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” And it seemed to me that the words spoke to an image of higher powers that were all around me as I was traveling alone. 

So, I would like to dedicate this song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” to my daughter Gabrielle, so that she knows that at all times there are beings watching over her: Mother Mary, angels, whomever she connects with. We’re all just walking each other home. Amen.


By Simon & Garfunkel

When you’re weary, feeling small

When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all

I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough

And friends just can’t be found

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

When you’re down and out

When you’re on the street

When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you

I’ll take your part, oh, when darkness comes

And pain is all around

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

Sail on silver girl

Sail on by

Your time has come to shine

All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine

Oh, if you need a friend

I’m sailing right behind

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will ease your mind

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will ease your mind

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