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: Overcome Depression

You  can overcome depression!

Posts in this category teach strategies to overcome depression.  Strategies include including music, art, laughter, pets, anger management, and many more. These posts inform readers of how to sleep well at night, reduce stress, have happy days, and others.

The purpose of these articles is to enable readers to soar like eagles above life’s storms and overcome depression.

BJ’ s vision is insightful and motivating. Her vision  brings you a positive outlook on life.  These articles will motivate and inspire you to overcome this issue.

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.

Overcome!  Soar like an eagle!

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!


Encouragement for overcoming hatred on near a river.

Do you know these steps to overcoming hatred? We all get frustrated with a situation or a person at times.  Unfortunately, sometimes frustration turns into hatred.  As I wrote in a previous post, hatred is a bad option.  But if Read more…


Do you know what the worst bad option is? .Do you know that you are what you choose to be? You direct yourself through the circumstances in your life that require you to make a decision.  This happens throughout your Read more…


Encouraging you to have a great day on near a river.

Do you know how you can have a great day every day in your life? I used to have hard days every year on my birthday, simply because my expectations were not met. Unmet expectations cause a person to be Read more…


Encouraging you to spend time remembering on near a river.

Have you ever spent time simply remembering events in your life? Today we traveled from NJ to near the NC border.  As we traveled, I spent the time remembering the events our surroundings reminded me of. As we drove through Read more…


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 be like an ostrich on near a river.

Care for your mental health issues the way an ostrich cares for its young. What do an ostrich and mental health awareness have in common? Ostriches are the largest and heaviest living birds in the world. Despite standing seven to Read more…


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 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 experience the power of pajamas on near a river.

Spending time relaxing in your pajamas has a powerful effect! Today snow has been blanketing our home since seven this morning and I cannot go outside because I might fall. So I have spent the entire day in my Mickey 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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