Beauty and Popularity

by Caroline on March 8, 2017

In my chapter from WHAT’S YOUR POTION? in beauty and self-improvement, I include a juice to encourage popularity for shy folks. But I include a quote that never made it into the book as a reminder. It is by Kevyn Aucoin (1962-2002), make-u[ artist and photographer who knew what he was talking about. He said: “Beauty has a lot to do with character.” Photo is of Big Boy, a magnificent elk who hung around our neighborhood for years until an off-duty cop shot him for a trophy (and photographed his kill)  as he was peacefully munching on some crabapples in a neighbor’s yard. Big Boy, to me, represents the height of the beauty of nature.


Maya Apricot-Avocado Beauty Potion

by Caroline on February 28, 2017

In my chapter on Beauty & Self-Improvement in WHAT’S YOUR POTION?, along with my Maya Apricot-Avocado Beauty Potion, which can be applied to the face, or with the addition of milk, be blended into a smoothie to drink, I originally had a quote by poet Ogden Nash, which somehow was left out of the book. Here it is: “I dreamt that my hair was kempt. Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it.”


Inspiration for Beauty & Self-Improvement

by Caroline on February 24, 2017

As I move through my WHAT’S YOUR POTION? book, the next chapter, titled “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall” deals with potions for beauty and self-improvement. Since some of us attend to this sort of thing over the weekend, I thought I’d try to inspire you with a quote from this chapter by a most beautiful lady, American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). On this topic, she says, “Beauty is not caused. It is.” Enjoy your weekend!


Final Career and Goals Potion Quote

by Caroline on February 19, 2017

Before I move on from my chapter in WHAT’S YOUR POTION? on career and goals, I’d like to leave you with this final quote. It’s in the chapter, but I like it enough, I want to repeat it. The quote is by Marilyn Monroe. “A career is wonderful,but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.” The accompanying photo is of my hot cocoa tea.


Your Dream Job

by Caroline on February 13, 2017

In my chapter from WHAT’S YOUR POTION? I include a smoothie recipe to help you find and obtain your dream job. The quote is missing from the recipe and this recipe should appear on page 95, not on page 96. Anyway, I think the words make a great way to start off the work week. I don’t have a photo of this potion, but I’ve included one of one of my cats when she was a kitten. Why a picture of a cat? Because they seem to know exactly what they want and how to get it! Here’s the quote:

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.”

-Katharine Whitehorn (b. 1928), British journalist and columnist.


White Grape Determination Potion

by Caroline on February 3, 2017

In my chapter on Potions for Career and Goals, I give the recipe for a White Grape Juice to bolster your determination to achieve your goal. Unfortunately, the accompanying quotation was left out of the final text. Whether you are searching for the right employment, wanting to finish writing that memoir, or anxious to do something in the socio-political arena, this potion, along with the quotation, may be of some assistance. It is by Tommy Lasorda, major league baseball player and manager. He says, “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” The accompanying photo is of “my nun,” Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. I have been trying to get my mystery novel where she is the sleuth who solves crimes from the cloister published for 3 years. I am determined to make this happen this year.



Juice for Opening One’s Path

by Caroline on January 31, 2017

I end my chapter on achieving prosperity in my book WHAT’S YOUR POTION? with a recipe for “Open My Paths” juice. However, the accompanying quote was left out during layout. In these challenging times, I thought you all might enjoy and benefit from it. The quote is from the second-century BCE conqueror Hannibal, and reads, “We will either find a way or make one.” Please contemplate the quote’s full meaning as you enjoy sipping the juice.


On Achieving Goals

by Caroline on January 24, 2017

Whether your goal is personal or has to do with national or world politics, I have found the following quotation inspiring. It’s in my WHAT’S YOUR POTION? book in the chapter on career and goals. Sorry, I’ve no photo to post with it. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan (b. 1962), NBA star.


Luck o’ the Irish

by Caroline on January 19, 2017

05-01 AAA-1With the New Year come hopes and plans for renewed prosperity. As you sip my “Luck o’ the Irish Choco-Mint Smoothie (the recipe is in my book, WHAT’S YOUR POTION?) you might contemplate this quote from musician and songwriter, Booker T. Jones. He said, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” Although the quote never made it into the book, the reference did when I talk about “Poor Mr. Jones.”


Reminder of interview and quote

by Caroline on January 7, 2017

Thought I’d just remind people of my interview about my book WHAT’S YOUR POTION? on the Donna Seebo show this Monday, the 9th, at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. Please go to and click on the link to listen in. To call in during the 2nd half hour with questions or comments, dial 253.582.5597.


So this isn’t a total “shameless hussy self- promotion post, here is another quote missing from the book for you to enjoy. The accompanying photo is of us at Penguin Random House Editorial in Mexico City taken in October. We went there to talk to the editor who is currently reading my mystery novel, AZTEC GOLD. Okay, here’s the quote:

There comes a time in many relationships when each person feels the need to move on. In my final recipe in the chapter on love and friendship, I provide an infusion (tea) that both can imbibe while talking over the good times and leaving each other without bitterness in the heart.


“To everything there is a season.” — The Bible.                                         carol-randomhouse