Karen Maezen Miller: Hand Wash Cold
Sheri Winston: Women’s Anatomy of Arousal
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Scott blows hot and cold with two distinictively different guests. First, Karen Maezen Miller shares her everyday spirituality from her new book, Hand Wash Cold. Then Scott heats things up with sex teacher Sheri Winston. Winston is author of the newly released Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Treasure.
Karen Miller talks about her attitude towards Spirit in the Details: “I call myself an errant wife, delinquent mother, reluctant dog walker, expert laundress and stationmaster of the full catastrophe. I’m also a Zen Buddhist priest and teacher, or sensei, at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles. Don’t let that last part confuse you. I’m not the kind of priest you have pictured in your mind. I’m the kind of priest that looks a lot like you do, doing the same kinds of things you do, every day. If every Tuesday afternoon you wheeled your garbage cans out to the curb and saw your next-door neighbor doing the very same thing, your neighbor would be me. I write about spirituality in everyday life. My newest book is Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life (New World Library, April 2010). My middle name is pronounced “May-zen” and it is my dharma name, or Buddhist name. When my daughter was little, I wrote a book called Momma Zen, and now some people call me that. I also answer to Maezen, or to Karen, or to Mom, or to Mrs. Miller, or to anything at all.
Scott’s second guest is Sheri Winston. Sheri Winston is a medical professional, sexuality educator and author who is on a mission to transform our culture’s attitudes about sex. She is a Wholistic Sexuality Teacher and Counselor, as well as the Founder & Executive Director of the Center for the Intimate Arts. Sheri’s journey began when she became a licensed massage therapist in 1980. She soon discovered that she felt called to become a midwife and began assisting and apprenticing at home births. That was rapidly followed by becoming a childbirth educator and doula (someone who provides professional labor support). In order to become a legal midwife, she attended nursing school and graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude, receiving her BSN (Bachelor’s degree in Science of Nursing) and becoming a RN (registered nurse). Finally, she attended midwifery school for her graduate education, becoming a certified nurse-midwife and gynecology nurse-practitioner.