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

Encouragement to make just one resolution on Near a River.

What would your one resolution for 2018 be?  Here is my choice. If you only make one resolution for 2018, what would it be?  I would resolve to love myself unconditionally. Why would I choose this one resolution?  Here is Read more…


Make sure you can use your New Year’s resolutions to improve your life! Do you live up to your New Year’s resolutions each year? Every New Year’s many people set resolutions they cannot possibly live up to, then they feel Read more…


Encouraging you to make extra cash on Near a River

Do you need extra cash to pay your bills?  Especially after the holidays, most people need extra cash for bills.  How would you like to make cash the easy way, while snuggled up in front of the television? You can Read more…


Encouraging you to celebrate someone you love on Near a River.

Miss someone you love today?  I know how you feel… Do you feel broken-hearted during the holiday season?  Do you miss someone you love? There is another way to think about this situation instead of crying about it and feeling Read more…


Encouraging you to get over any speed bumps in life on Near a River.

You can get over life’s speed bumps. Right now I am encountering a speed bump in my life, as every person does from time to time.  Why do we have to encounter these annoying bumps in our lives?  Why do Read more…


Encouraging everyone to mend relationships with love on Near a River.

Part one in an encouraging series of posts on how to mend relationships. My Grandma only had a second grade education but she was very wise.  She taught me so many things about life in what she told me and Read more…


Encouraging you to mend ANY relationship (Stop proving you are right) on Near a River.

Part two in a series of posts on how to mend any relationship. In part one of this series of posts, I wrote that the first step in mending any relationship is loving the person unconditionally.  First you have to Read more…


Encouraging you to mend ANY relationship by setting healthy boundaries on Near a River.

Here is the third step to mend ANY relationship. In this series of posts, I am explaining how my Grandma taught me to mend ANY relationship. In step one, you have to forgive him for what he did to upset Read more…


Encouraging you to mend ANY relationship with these four steps on Near a River.

Yes, you can mend ANY relationship! In the first three posts in this series, you read the first three steps to mending ANY relationship.  First, you must commit to loving the person.  Second, you must give up your need to Read more…


Encouraging you to say no when you need to on Near A River.

You can politely and firmly say no to others’ requests for your time. Does this describe you?  Your friends and acquaintances expect you to say yes to everything they want you to do.  You feel you don’t want to do 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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