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

Encouraging you to give yourself the gift of Serenity on Near a River.

Happy New Year 2018!  Here is a Serenity Prayer for everyone for every day of the New Year! God, grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change, The motivation to change the things I can, And the Read more…


Encouraging you to celebrate love on near a river.

My Grandma taught me to celebrate love. All holidays celebrate love. From Valentine’s Day to Christmas, every holiday celebrates love. Valentine’s Day celebrates loving relationships. Easter celebrates Jesus’ love for us. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrate love for parents. Read more…


A simple way you can improve your country, regardless of where you live. America is a great place to live, but not a great place for a child to learn to read. Studies  show these facts: 44 million US adults Read more…


A good book is a life-changing event in a child’s life. It leads a child to success.  -BJ Rae A friend who owns a day care center sent me the picture above.  It means the world to me. It means Read more…


Encouraging you to enable a child to say no to drugs on near a river.

Resiliency  results from being loved.  Both resiliency and being loved enable a child to say No to drugs. Every child can say be strong. He can say no to drugs. Even though I grew up in a dysfunctional home, I Read more…


Every person needs self-confidence to succeed in life. Having self-confidence is a key to success in life.   A person needs confidence to believe he can reach his goal. How can any person develop confidence, including a child? Simply by doing Read more…


Help a child cope with a traumatic event. Children certainly experience events on their own level just as acutely as adults do. Because they still lack the coping mechanisms and perspective that only life experience brings, an event that may Read more…


Encouraging you to eliminate futility in your life on near a river.

How to eliminate futility in your life to improve your well being! Frequently the trees that surround our mountain home drop sticks into our yard.  This morning I noticed an odd-looking stick from a white birch tree.  It was about Read more…


Encouraging you to get your own pepsi can on near a river.

Finally reaching  a goal as small as getting a Pepsi can from behind a fence improved my issues. We live in a rural mountain community.  The scenery is beautiful, but too often people passing by throw their trash by the Read more…


Encouraging you to make a difference in how you feel on near a river.

How you can make a difference in how you feel. My husband and I are two different people with the similar health issues.  We both have major depression, PTSD, and anxiety issues.  How we cope makes a huge difference in 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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