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

Don’t let a Facebook hacking affect your day! Two nights ago around 11 pm I wrote an article for www.nearariver.com. Then as usual I posted it on Facebook to let the public know I had written it.  I write to Read more…


Practice this to overcome the issues in your life! I have discovered a secret to winning the battles in my life.  It has enabled me to get past them and live peacefully. It is simple:  I practice mindfulness. Mindfulness involves Read more…


beauty

What is true beauty? I do not consider myself physically attractive.  I am just average physically.  But on the inside, I am beautiful. I have always been a weed.  I thrive in adverse circumstances no matter how rough my circumstances Read more…


Life is tough but so are you.

How to succeed like a weed succeeds. I love gardening.  I have noticed there are two types of plants:  persistent plants that do not need much care to grow and delicate plants that do. The two types of plants Weeds Read more…


Do not allow others to break your heart!

Do not allow anyone to break your heart! Some people  just cannot love you for who you are. Indeed they are emotionally and spiritually frozen. They avoid affection. These people never look meaningfully at you. They cannot connect with others Read more…


smile and have a happy day

Some great gift ideas for Father’s Day. Father’s Day is around the corner.  What can you get Dad that he will love?  Here are a few ideas. An appreciation card, cost $0. An appreciation card is simply a card that Read more…


letter to you

A letter to my dysfunctional family. Dear Family, No one is perfect and I am as far from perfect as it is humanly possible to be.  But I have been hoping and praying you would forgive me for everything I Read more…


Do not let any unhealthy relationship hurt you.  Maintain healthy boundaries. Is your family dysfunctional?  Mine is. Today my sister sent a nasty email to me.   She accused me of things I have not done.   Her email violated all boundaries Read more…


Life is tough but so are you.

How to cope with a dysfunctional family and remain sane yourself. My birth family is dysfunctional.  Very dysfunctional. Last night around 11 pm I got a text from my sister demanding that I check email and reply to her email Read more…


Always remember you are special!

Always remember this key to surviving and remaining healthy. I am me, and You are you.  We are both Survivors, and we can both be happy. I am me. I keep myself busy by: Writing to help others. Picking up 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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