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

Category Archives: Especially for Veterans

For Veterans, Very Special People!

Articles in this category cover a variety of topics especially for Veterans.  Topics  include the life of military working dog in Vietnam, depression, anxiety, PTSD, success, and many more. The goal of these articles is to enable every Veteran to soar  like an eagle above life’s storms.

Writer BJ Rae’s vision is insightful and motivating. It brings every Veteran a successful and positive outlook on life.

These articles honor Veterans.  They also inspire and encourage each and every Veteran  to cope with their issues. BJ’s husband is a Vietnam Veteran.

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.

BJ also hopes that every Veteran soars like an eagle above the storms in his or her life!


whole month

We should celebrate our Veterans for a whole month instead of just one day in November! In the US, Veterans Day is a holiday we celebrate to honor those who have fought and sometimes died to protect our beloved freedom. Read more…


You never know when...

You never know when someone will repay your kindness with an even greater kindness! A poor young man was selling door to door to put himself through college.  At the end of the day, he reached into his pockets and Read more…


jar of life

What is in your “jar of life”? One day a philosophy teacher placed an empty jar on his desk. He proceeded to fill it up with ping pong balls until he could fit no more. Then he asked his class Read more…


Good in, good out

Put good in and get good out.  Put garbage in and get garbage back out! Today I watched a show about murderers who played violent video games.  Some of the murderers were raised in good homes. Others had many risk Read more…


avoid the flu

Smiling DOES enable your body to avoid the flu! It is cold outside.  I woke this morning before 7 am to snow covering our lawn.  Flu season is upon us. Did you know that smiling enables you to avoid the flu?  Medical Read more…


just wait

Are you over-stressed?  Please keep calm and just wait… The news constantly bombards us with messages that we must take action immediately.  This message can become so ingrained in our minds that we do not know when to stay calm Read more…


thoughts and prayers

Right now we need more than just “thoughts and prayers”! How many more “thoughts and prayers” events will happen in the US before we wake up and prevent them? On October 1 of this year, Stephen Paddock killed 58 and Read more…


just breathe

When you feel stressed, here is a great way to “just breathe” and actually relax… When you seem stressed, someone may tell you to “just breathe”.  But it is very hard to focus on your breathing when your mind is Read more…


peace with the world

Today I feel at peace with the world around me. When I tell people I am a writer, they usually tell me it must be great to work at home.  They ask me what I write, and then they change Read more…


how was your year

It is almost the end of 2017, time to examine how your year has been so far. I find it hard to believe that there are only 59 days left in 2017.  I struggle to understand where all the time 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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