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

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Parents, help your child to be successful emotionally in life. This morning as usual, I took an early morning walk. I picked up trash along the road.  I found mostly beer bottles and other alcohol containers.  But I also found Read more…


letter to you

Improve your health by hugging as much as possible every day of your life! When I was a child, my Grandma always gave me lots of hugs.  Her hugs made me feel better no matter what was going on in Read more…


volunteer to succeed!

Look for the bright spots in your life when life tries to drag you down! I have a new “adopted Mom”.  She is definitely a bright spot in my life! On Mother’s Day, I could not communicate with my Mother.  Read more…


volunteer to succeed!

Three strategies to not let life get you down. Mother’s Day could easily make me very depressed.  I could not speak with my Mother today at all. My mother and I have always been estranged, even when I was a Read more…


Seven strategies to effectively communicate with anyone. Years ago, I saw a counselor due to my marital issues.The counselor listened.  She advised me to leave him because of his abuse and make certain I communicate effectively until I do leave Read more…


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Smiling does make you feel better! When I was young, I smiled most of every day.  Nothing got me down.  Even my mother, who was usually mean to me, could not get me down.  My Grandma had taught me to Read more…


think positive thoughts

How to replace negativity with positive thoughts to benefit your life. Have you ever spent time with a constant complainer?  It takes time to learn to just let his complaints roll off your back. His complaints drain you emotionally. The Read more…


You can enjoy healthy relationships with everyone around you. You can enjoy healthy relationships with everyone around you.  It is not hard to do.  It simply boils down to respect.  Role model respect for everyone around you so others will Read more…


Last week, my friend Wendy and I talked about healthy relationships. I asked her for her secrets to the great relationships she has with all three of her children.  Her two sons and one daughter are kind, helpful, and productive.  Read more…


Recent research proves that negative thoughts impact your mind and body. Recently I have been feeling overwhelmed by life events.  We are moving to a different home and preparing our current home for its new owners.  I have had physical 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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