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 stand alone

It is very unwise to stand alone, especially when life’s storms hit!   Monday morning around midnight, a storm with 60 mph winds began to overwhelm our small mountain community.  The wind blew trees to places they should not be, Read more…


destiny

You have the power to control your destiny! Do you know that you control your own destiny? The word destiny means “the events that will happen to someone or something in the future”. Franklin Outlaw once said, “Watch your thoughts, Read more…


be proud of your scars

Be proud of your scars, not ashamed! In Japan, when someone breaks a bowl, he puts it back together by filling the cracks with gold. This creates a beautiful lining. This is done in Japan to emphasize the beauty in Read more…


slow down

These signs mean that your body is telling you to slow down! Have you ever done something stupid and wished you could go back in time to correct what you did? Yesterday, I did something stupid. I really wish I Read more…


monster or not?

Is it a monster?  Or is it just something ordinary? This morning we took our dogs to the Veterinarian.  Simba has issues with other dogs so I went in with Chico and scoped out the waiting room. No other dogs Read more…


save money

Christmas is around the corner.  Here are some ideas that will save money as you shop. Money cannot buy love, but buying gifts is one way to share love with others. There have been many times in my life when Read more…


faith

Trust your faith when you feel frustrated. When you feel frustrated or angry with a situation, what do you do?  Do you just let things be or actively protest?  Or do you passively resist? Here is a story about this Read more…


every day a celebration

Celebrate every day of your life, even the days that do not start out so good! Do you struggle on certain days? I have struggled many many many days.  My birthdays have usually been a challenge for me to deal Read more…


best solution

Our best solution to PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Both my husband and I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and PTSD.  I also have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder. We muddle through each day by loving and supporting each Read more…


how bad does it have to get?

How bad does this situation have to get before we take action? How bad does the opioid crisis have to get here in the US before we fix it? An estimated 3 million children are being cared for by someone 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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