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

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…


Encouraging you to overcome depression on near a river.

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…


Develop a growth mindset to be more successful. Recently a professional told me why I succeed. I have a growth mindset.  A mindset is the self-perception a person has about herself.  People with a fixed mindset believe their basic qualities Read more…


Encouraging you to always speak kindly on near a river.

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…


Encouraging you to be happy on near a river.

Be happy no matter what happens today! I love camping and nature. Right now we are camping. The camper next door just came over and gave us some homemade soup for dinner. Then we sat and talked a while. We Read more…


Encouraging you to always use persistence on near a river.

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…


Encouraging you to follow the advice of my grandmother on near a river.

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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