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

Category Archives: Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

Be happy in spite of your circumstances!

This category teaches readers  how to be happy no matter what the circumstances in your life are.  Topics include positive ways you can impact your thoughts, things you can do to improve your outlook on life, and more.  Like the other categories, its ultimate purpose is to enable readers everywhere to soar like eagles above life’s storms.

Bobbie J Rae’s vision is insightful and motivating. Her vision  brings you a successful and positive outlook on life.  These articles will inspire you to have a positive outlook on life.

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.

Soar like an eagle over life’s storms!  Have a positive outlook and be happy!

Enjoy BJ’s encouraging words on Near a River!

BJ’s children’s common core eagle reading book Near a River is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Buy BJ’s   encouraging eagle reading book for a child you care about today!


Encouraging you to succeed the Tom Brady way on near a river.

A technique to succeed in reaching every goal in your life. In 2016, the Patriots lost the AFC Championship and the team did not make it to the Super Bowl. So Tom Brady made it his goal to win the Read more…


Here is another way to think about your disadvantage! Traumatic brain injury is a huge disadvantage—it causes me to not remember words and often I feel very embarrassed.  Even if I know the subject very well, I can never remember 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…


Are you dreading something that may happen in your future?  Read on… Right now as I sit at my desk typing the wind is howling loudly outside in gusts over 50 miles an hour.  We have over 3 feet of Read more…


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 avoid loaning money on Near a River

Before you consider loaning money to someone you know, read this. Have you ever considered loaning money to someone you know? Not $15 to buy some lunch, but the hundreds or thousands of dollars someone wants to borrow. If so, 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 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…


Encouraging you to have expectations only of yourself on Near a River.

What are your expectations for your life?  What do you expect on holidays? I expect nothing so I am not disappointed.  Tomorrow on Thanksgiving I will not celebrate with loved ones.  Instead, I will travel with my husband and our Read more…


Encouraging you to age wisely on Near a River.

If every person were to age wisely, the world would be a much better place. Each one of us, including every child, gets older every day.  Those of us who have lived over 50 years have probably learned how 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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