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 make the rest of your year great on Near a River.

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 two days left in 2017.  I struggle to understand where all the time Read more…


Encouraging you to enjoy party games on Near a River.

Have fun at your next party or gathering with these games. Looking for something different to do the next time you gather with loved ones?  Consider these games, which were popular with Victorian England’s upper class. Shadows (or Shadow Buff) Read more…


Encouraging you to be a great person on Near a River.

Great people have one common denominator:  they help others, even people they do not know. Why should we help people we do not know?  Too many people think, “If I help a stranger, what might happen to me?  But truly Read more…


Encouraging you to give the gift of time on Near a River

There is one gift everyone can share with others. Do you happen to know what the most important gift is?  Everyone has the same amount of it and once used it cannot be replaced, so you should spend it as Read more…


Encouraging you to write your Christmas letter to Jesus on Near a River.

For your Christmas wishes to be granted, write a letter to Jesus not Santa! Dear Jesus,  I’m writing this letter to you. You’re the one who makes Christmas wishes come true. As our savior I know that this is something Read more…


Encouraging you to take action on Near a River.

Action is very important! What do the words above mean? The entire quote is this,  “A bell is not a bell until you ring it.  A song is not a song until you sing it.  Love in your heart wasn’t Read more…


Encouraging you to consider investing in giving on Near a River.

Feeling down?  Try investing in giving to feel better! This year my husband and I are giving each other the joy of giving instead of exchanging Christmas gifts.  We are spending whatever money we would have spent on each other Read more…


Encouraging you to consider how life is like food on Near a River.

Some food for thought, how life is like a holiday meal… After thanksgiving while riding back to the North Country, I had much time to think.  I thought about many things, but my primary thought was how life is like Read more…


Encouraging you to eat better and feel better on Near a River.

Feel better right now, without medications! If you could make yourself feel better right now – with no prescriptions, pills, or side effects – would you do it? It’s actually very simple to eat your way to better health, with Read more…


Encouraging you to be kind when life is frustrating on Near a River.

How do  you respond when life is frustrating? This week has been very frustrating for my family.  We packed for our five month winter trip with anticipation and excitement. But on our departure day, Thanksgiving Day, we were unable to 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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