Published in: East Oregonian
, book review section, review by Renee Struthers

“For Rae Jones, who started training as a competitive swimmer at the age of 8 in Hermiston, the words under water mean many things. She learned early on that being under water was safe, and secret, and quiet, and she taught herself to hold her breath for much longer than most people can. Under water was a refuge that few people could invade. Jones turned to this refuge at age 15, and began a lifetime of lies and submerging herself under whatever was available to escape reality.

“Breathe” is a journey through the shallow waters of relationships, the crashing waves of leading a double life and the black deeps of depression, loneliness and despair. As most memoirs do, this book exposes the roller coaster ride of her life — but unlike most, Jones keeps the names of the others involved to herself; it’s an expose, all right, but the skeletons in the closet belong to her alone.

This is a tale of despair and redemption, but if you’re expecting a fairy tale ending you’ll miss the point. When you’ve plumbed the absolute depths of what you are, and confronted what you find, you have two choices: you can embrace the safety of the deep or climb to the surface and … breathe.”

“Breathe: A Memoir,” by Rae Jones. ©2012, self-published. Softcover, 244 pages. Retail: $15.00 Available after Nov. 10, 2012. For more information about the author, visit


Published in: East Oregonian, book review section, review by Renee Struthers


Local graduate reveal stress management and budgeting techniques with five recently published books.

Portland Ore., – Stress is the second most reported work-related health problem, according to a 2005 OSHA study. Rae Jones provides readers with information on how to effectively reduce and manage stress in her books: How to Overcome Stress, Overcome Stress with Balance  and  The Science of Smell.  

Ms. Jones confronts many of the life habits and events which are often the cause or root problem in regards to stress.  She addresses the longterm health effects of ignoring these detrimental symptoms, and gives solutions and practices to create new and beneficial life patterns, for health and finances. She is also the author of How to Create Wealth  and How to Buy Insurance, issues which cause stress in our lives. 
All five books are now available for purchase online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Bookstore and through her shop at

About the Author:
Rae Jones is a Portland State University graduate. The owner of an independent publishing company and popular blog contributor at she is also the author of six books. Her articles on stress management and budgeting have been published nationally.




Featured speaker at: Le Cordon Blue in Portland, Oregon

Le Cordon Blue in Portland, Oregon offers continuing education class
“Stress Rescue” is being offered by A. Rae Jones at Le Cordon Blue as an continuting education option from 8am-10am.

In this stress reduction class, participants will learn practices that enable them to communicate more effectively in high pressure and high stress situation. They will learn productive ways to release tension through effective team building exercises.

The cost is $20, Free for Le Cordon Blue students.


Featured in: East Oregonian – Briefly

Good Shepherd Offers Class
“Managing Stress: The Key to Enhancing Productivity and Retention” is being offered by A. Rae Jones from 9am-noon or 1-4pm Nov.11 at Good Shepherd Medical Center.

In this executive stress management seminar, participants will learn practices that enable them to let go of non-productive thought and communication patterns, release tension in effective ways and improve concentration.

The cost is $30.


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