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 ask yourself "Why not me?" on near a river.

Try asking yourself “Why not me?” instead of “Why me?” Have you experienced an abundance of challenges in your life?  When feeling discouraged, have you ever thought or said, “Why me?” If your answer is yes, you and I are Read more…


Encouraging you to learn from experience on near a river.

Learning from experience certainly makes life easier. Whatever you go through in life, please pay attention to it.  If you learn from your experience the first time, you can help yourself or someone else going through similar experiences. Seven months Read more…


Encouraging you to say thank you on near a river.

A thank you to someone who has been very important in my life. Dear Mother, Thank you for everything you have done for me. For giving me life and keeping me alive during my childhood years, I thank you. The Read more…


Encouraging you to always feel at peace on near a river.

Do you feel at peace about your life? At 10 am tomorrow morning, I will be under general anesthesia for amputation surgery.  This does not bother me at all, because I have had 17 surgeries and I am peace with Read more…


Encouraging you to keep your dreams on near a river.

Never give up on your dreams! Yesterday was our national Martin Luther King day.  In 1963, this great man had a dream that all men would live together as equals and as one brotherhood, with the same civil rights and Read more…


Please share this post if you believe in always being faithful in your relationships! A few days ago, I found a post on Facebook with a picture of a wheel chair.  On top of  the wheel chair were these words, Read more…


Encouraging you to make yourself resilient on near a river.

You can make yourself resilient! Some people can overcome any obstacle in life.  Others do not.  What is the difference between these two groups of people? Those who can overcome any obstacle in life are resilient.  They become resilient because Read more…


Encouraging you to join me in celebrating today on near a river.

I am celebrating today! Several things are happening to me right now that I am truly grateful for. First, the page views of the website are increasing. On Friday of last week, https://www.nearariver.com had over 1,200 page views. Thank you Read more…


In pain, just focus and you may feel better! Having experienced much physical and emotional pain throughout my life, I could be called a “lay-person pain expert”. Believe it or not, I have had 17 surgeries in the past and Read more…


Encouraging you to not enjoy your holiday party too much on near a river.

Have you ever stayed out too late at a holiday party and wished you had not the next day? These animals went to the zoo’s holiday party, stayed out too late, and wished they had not done that the next 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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