TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…

Dear Friend,

What is precious to you? What comes to mind when you think of the word?

In the dictionary, precious means of great value, highly esteemed. Synonyms include: dear, expensive, extravagant, high-end, costly, premium, priceless, valuable.

God considers all of His children precious. Here on earth, there’s something precious to me…can you tell what it is?

This year’s Social Directors at our Wisconsin Family Reunion (grandson Nick and pregnant Kaitlyn — yes, that will be my GREAT-grandchild!) did a fabulous job.

Mini golf teams were picked by blind draw.



We celebrated birthdays.

And we did our traditional group photo.


Tonight, as I write this, the California side of the family will get together to go to the Fair. We’ll play games (I love throwing darts at the balloons and winning a little stuffed animal — more fun stuff to send to the great-grandbaby!), eat big turkey legs and corn on the cob (if we were back in Wisconsin it would be cream puffs and cotton candy), and we’ll attend a concert of The Guess Who and Three Dog Night (and stay up WAY past my bedtime).

Precious. All of it.

There are material things that matter in life, like having a roof over our heads and food in our bellies. There is the need to work to make money to live. And there is our health to be concerned about as well as day-to-day activities.

But there is something extra special, something precious, about being with family. Do you agree?

I hope your summer is turning into everything you want it to be, and that you’ll take the next month to make precious memories.

Happy writing and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…


What’s Happening…

The Dog Days of Summer are here! And Charlie Bear has an announcement to make.

First, he wants to know:
Are you a dog lover?
Do you like getting cool things for your dog?
Want to win a free $25 PetSmart Gift Card?

Charlie Bear is putting on a contest just for you and your pets. Go to www.bjtayloronline.com to see details on how to enter. It’s easy and fun, and it could be YOU and your doggie who wins! And remember…the more times you mention @CharlieBearY2K on twitter, or go to Charlie’s Facebook page and make a comment, the more chances you have of winning!

And don’t forget to post a cute photo of your pet. We really want to see those!

Latest review: 
I truly enjoyed this book. It was straight from the heart. It makes a great case for giving rescue dogs a chance and the emotions that we work through. I had to giggle at several parts and love Ms. Taylor’s style of writing. Not only did it take me on the emotional ride but kept me guessing if Charlie Bear would stay with her family. Thank you for sharing your story Charlie Bear & B.J.!
From Petmamma…Corrales, New Mexico

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What’s precious to you?
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11 thoughts on “What’s precious to you?

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  • August 26, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Hey! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and
    checking back frequently!

    • August 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Hey CS Dog Lover,
      Welcome to the site! Let us know what you like when you see it. And thanks!
      B.J. and Charlie Bear

  • August 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Like you, family is most precious to me–ohana, we say. Just returned from Maui from celebrating our girls’ 40th (well, they liked to call it their “30-tenth.” 🙂 What joy to watch them spend the week together with all the family around. Can’t believe you’re going to be a great-grandmother! Amazing!
    Love to you, BJ. Jean

    • August 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Ohana! Glad you are home safe from the trip with the family. Sounds like you had a fun time celebrating the 30-tenth birthdays. How precious that you could all be together. Priceless!
      Hugs & love,

  • August 12, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Sooo much love in these pictures!! And you, my friend, are precious to me. Beautiful post! xoxo

    • August 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Hi Julie,
      You are so precious to me, too! I don’t know what I’d do without your listening ear and your kind and caring friendship. Thank you!

  • August 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    B.J., I must say, when I list the things that are precious to me, your friendship is on that list. Thank you for a thoughtfully fun posting.
    Lovingly, Kay

    • August 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Dear Ma Writer aka Kay,
      You will always be super precious to me — as a mentor, as a friend, as a woman, as a writer. You’ve taught me so much, but there is so much yet to learn. I aspire to be like you: humble, gracious, encouraging, tenacious, loving, and giving. I will keep on striving.
      Love and hugs,

  • August 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    A good piece about enjoying your vacation & family reunion. It is so good thing to get away from cares and worries for awhile and think about things out of the ordinary. Enjoy the rest of your time away from all those things upsetting to you but bet ‘Charlie Bear’ will be “SOOOO GLAD” to see you come back home to him.

    “Fun Woofs & Wishes”..

    • August 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      You also know the importance of getting away and enjoying a break. And you know how much our furry loved ones miss us and eagerly look forward to our return.
      Best wishes to you,


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