Heart Hugs

“Heart Hugs” is a place for me to share people, organizations, experiences and things that add meaning and joy to my life.



Karen Maezen Miller

I’ve met some amazing people who are engaged in life changing work as a result of my radio show. One of them is Karen Maezen Miller. Her publishing company, New World Library, sent me a copy of her most recent book, Paradise in Plain Sight, to see if I would be interested in having her on my radio show. At first glance, I felt neutral about interviewing someone about gardening. Lesson one, don’t judge a book by its cover! When I started reading the book I felt almost immediately connected to her and the message in her book. I couldn’t put it down. I cried at various parts in the book and I cried when I finished reading it. Then I interviewed Maezen about her book for my radio show (6/10/14). Her voice was familiar and comforting to me. I felt a deep connection. We communicated by email after our on-air chat. I booked her for another radio show to discuss one of her other books, Hand Wash Cold (7/15/14). I was deeply touched again by her writing. She told me that my heart was calling me to go see her. She was right, so I signed up for a beginner’s mind retreat at Hazy Moon Zen Center hazymoon.com in Los Angeles. Connecting with Maezen in person and meditating with her was (and is) a powerful experience. It led me to a longer meditation retreat with her at Black Scorpion Zen Center blackscorpiontemple.com in Tepoztlan, Mexico. And, another retreat with her a Copper Beech Institute copperbeechinstitute.org in Hartford, Connecticut. I continue to schedule retreats with her. Maezen and meditation have changed my life!


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You can listen to the podcasts of my radio show interviews with her by going to my podcast page (or iTunes). Here are the dates and topics of my interviews with her:


6/10/14   Paradise in Plain Sight

7/15/14   Hand Wash Cold

6/16/15   Momma Zen