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

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For Veterans, Very Special People!

Articles in this category cover a variety of topics especially for Veterans.  Topics  include the life of military working dog in Vietnam, depression, anxiety, PTSD, success, and many more. The goal of these articles is to enable every Veteran to soar  like an eagle above life’s storms.

Writer BJ Rae’s vision is insightful and motivating. It brings every Veteran a successful and positive outlook on life.

These articles honor Veterans.  They also inspire and encourage each and every Veteran  to cope with their issues. BJ’s husband is a Vietnam Veteran.

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.

BJ also hopes that every Veteran soars like an eagle above the storms in his or her life!

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 make an important promise on near a river.

As a child, I made an important promise. When I was a child, my mother remarried.  My stepfather was a veteran. At night I heard him calling out in his sleep, “No, not him!  He is my friend!”  My mother 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 give yourself the gift of Serenity on Near a River.

Happy New Year 2018!  Here is a Serenity Prayer for everyone for every day of the New Year! God, grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change, The motivation to change the things I can, And the 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 celebrate Veterans Day for a whole month on Near a River.

We should celebrate our Veterans for a whole month instead of just one day in November! In the US, Veterans Day is a holiday we celebrate to honor those who have fought and sometimes died to protect our beloved freedom. Read more…


Encouraging you to know you should always be kind on Near a River.

You never know when someone will repay your kindness with an even greater kindness! A poor young man was selling door to door to put himself through college.  At the end of the day, he reached into his pockets and Read more…


Encouraging you to fill your jar of life with positive thoughts on Near a River.

What is in your “jar of life”? One day a philosophy teacher placed an empty jar on his desk. He proceeded to fill it up with ping pong balls until he could fit no more. Then he asked his class Read more…


Encouraging you to put good in your child on near a river.

Put good in and get good out.  Put garbage in and get garbage back out! Today I watched a show about murderers who played violent video games.  Some of the murderers were raised in good homes. Others had many risk 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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