When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

Laugh and be blessed

Faith, love, and hope enable you to survive no matter what. I am a survivor. I survived growing up in a very dysfunctional home, then severe abuse by my now ex-husband that almost cost me my life many times. I Read more…


depression encouragement

Use these four strategies to overcome depression. I have traumatic brain injury from past spousal abuse. Sometimes  that causes me to make mistakes. One day about three years ago I made what seemed to me to be a tiny mistake. Read more…


uplifted growth mindset

Develop a growth mindset to be more successful. When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an Read more…


speak kindly

Always speak kindly. As a small child, I hid when my parents fought. And they fought often. Hiding in a small cove in the back of my closet with a flashlight and a child’s tape recorder and a few books Read more…


be happy!

Be happy no matter what happens today! When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s Read more…


persistence

Have persistence and be successful! One of our two small dogs demonstrates the persistence of an eagle. Like the eagle, he persists for food. We know we should not give our dog table food, but Simba is just too cute. He Read more…


persistence of my grandmother

You too can learn from my grandmother’s teaching about persistence. “Our power of perseverance is as that of an eagle. We soar above our challengers.” ― Ellen J. Barrier The eagle is a very persistent bird of prey. It searches, determines Read more…

"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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