Find the Good News with Brother Oran Parker

Find the Good News with Brother Oran Parker

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Old news. Bad news. Fake news. Sometimes you want to shut down and get no news at all! I aim to change that by focusing on good people doing good works. I visit with artists, educators, civic & spiritual leaders, musicians, business owners, students, volunteers, and everyday citizens who are using their creativity, resources, and talents to bring hope, happiness, and goodness to their corner of the world.


96 - The Ph.D. in the Glitch - Beacon Series Ft. Hersch Wilson - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Sep 24 • 58 min
Ep. 96 - The Ph.D. in the Glitch - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Hersch Wilson, author of “Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide To Thriving In Tough Times” by New World Library ========== So often, the guests I’ve spoken with on Find the Good News have been…
95 - The Jewel in the Ashes - Beacon Series Ft. Robin Easton - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Sep 13 • 164 min
Ep. 95 - The Jewel in the Ashes - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Robin Easton, author of “Naked In Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest.” ========== Finding the right words to introduce my guest for this episode isn’t difficult. In…
94 - The Guardian - Beacon Series Ft. Linda Carroll - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Aug 18 • 60 min
Ep. 94 - The Guardian - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Diana Carroll, author of “Love Skills: The Keys to Unlocking Lasting, Wholehearted Love,” published by New World Library ========== I think it would be fair to say that generally, life is a…
93 - The Truth of Our Biases - Beacon Series Ft. Simran Jeet Singh - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Jul 15 • 81 min
Ep. 93 - The Truth Of Our Biases - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Professor Simran Jeet Singh—educator, writer, activist, and scholar. ========== Sometimes I feel that I may have made a mistake when I named this podcast. Having a show called “Find the Good…
92 - The Resonant Strings - Beacon Series Ft. Meido Moore Roshi - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Jul 2 • 69 min
Ep. 92 - The Resonant Strings - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Meido Moore Roshi, abbot of Korinji, a Rinzai Zen monastery, and author of “The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice” by Shambala Publications. ========== Zen. In the circles I’ve traveled it is…
91 - The Magic Feather - Beacon Series Ft. Don Jose Ruiz - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Jun 24 • 99 min
Ep. 91 - The Magic Feather - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Don Jose Ruiz, Toltec Shaman and author of “The Medicine Bag: Shamanic Rituals & Ceremonies for Personal Transformation” from Hierophant Publishing ========== There are events in our lives that…
90 - The In Zone - Beacon Series Ft. Chris Niebauer Ph.D. - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Jun 17 • 88 min
Ep. 90 - The In Zone - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Chris Niebauer, Ph.D., Author of “No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology is Catching Up to Buddhism” from Hierophant Publishing ========== I once read that the very toxic escalation of ego-driven “me”…
89 - The Gathering Fire - Beacon Series Ft. Diana Rowan - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Jun 11 • 115 min
Ep. 89 - The Gathering Fire - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Diana Rowan, Author of “The Bright Way: Five Steps To Freeing The Creative Within” from New World Library ========== 15 years ago I was asked to speak to a group of graphic design students about…
88 - The Shimmering Truth - Beacon Series Ft. Ellen Meredith, DA, EEMP - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Jun 5 • 92 min
Ep. 88 - The Shimmering Truth - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Ellen Meredith, DA, EEMAP, Author of “The Language Your Body Speaks: Self-Healing with Energy Medicine” from New World Library ========== When is the last time you stopped and really listened…
87 - The Slippage Ft. Heather Regan White - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Jun 4 • 113 min
Ep. 87 - The Slippage - Ft. Heather Regan White, Journalist with the Southwest Daily News ========== We live in strange times, made stranger and more disorienting by a steady stream of conflicting news and information signals from sunrise to sunset.…
86 - The Divine Feminine - Beacon Series Ft. Clark Strand & Perdita Finn - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
May 27 • 110 min
Ep. 86 - The Divine Feminine - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Clark Strand & Perdita Finn, co-authors of The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary ========== Almost from the very moment of my initial awakening in the…
85 - The Growing Voice Ft. Dominique Darbonne - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
May 25 • 93 min
Ep. 85 - The Growing Voice - Ft. Dominique Darbonne of The Flamethrowers ========== Since starting this Good News podcast signal, it’s been my great pleasure to meet people from my region that I may not have met otherwise. The truth is that this…
84 - The Golden Vine - Beacon Series Ft. Corin Grillo - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
May 13 • 96 min
Ep. 84 - The Golden Vine - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Corin Grillo author of The Angel Experiment: A 21-Day Magical Adventure to Heal Your Life========== When you hear the word “Angel,” what comes to mind? If you’re like most of the people I’ve…
83 - The Open Mic Ft. Chase Bonin - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
May 6 • 112 min
EP. 83 - The Open Mic Ft. Chase Bonin of the Lake Charles Comedy Scene ========== I talk a lot about love and compassion on this show. I truly believe they are medicine, and two of the greatest gives that can be given and received, but there’s another…
82 - The Encouragers Ft. Ashley Gatte - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Apr 21 • 105 min
EP. 82 - The Encouragers Ft. Ashley Gatte of Empire of the Seed ========== Sitting down at the right-round table in studio with a guest is starting to seem like a distant memory. It’s hard for me to express this, but there is something special about the…
81 - The Comforter Ft. Eugenie Tullos - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Apr 11 • 96 min
EP. 81 - The Comforter Ft. Eugenie Tullos ========== More often than not, my visits with guests of Find the Good News take place nearly a month or more before they air. Normally, that’s not a sobering or surreal experience, but so much has changed in our…
80 - The Clunky Oars - Beacon Series Ft. Greg Soden - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Apr 1 • 113 min
Ep. 80 - The Clunky Oars - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Greg Soden of The Classical Idea Podcast========== It wasn’t long after I started listening to podcasts that I got the bug to produce one, the one you’re listening too right now. Over this past year…
79 - The 1-Hour Mountain - Beacon Series Ft. Diana Vallette - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Mar 31 • 99 min
Ep. 79 - The 1-Hour Mountain - A COVID-19 Beacon Series Interview Ft. Diana Vallette========== Today, human beings all over the world are making social and economic sacrifices to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19. Now, I’m going back…
78 - The Spiritual Gumbo - Beacon Series Ft. Carl and Chelsea Boudreaux - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Mar 30 • 93 min
Ep. 78 - The Spiritual Gumbo - A COVID-19 Beacon Series Interview Ft. Carl and Chelsea Boudreaux, Owners of the Yoga Center and Stellar Beans in Lake Charles, Louisiana========== Today, human beings all over the world are making social and economic…
77 - The Home Team - Beacon Series Ft. Kari Hankins - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Mar 30 • 79 min
Ep. 77 - The Home Team - A COVID-19 Beacon Series Interview Ft. Kari Hankins Founder of the SWLA Youth Foundation========== Today, human beings all over the world are making social and economic sacrifices to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic,…
76 - The Sound Of Your Name - A COVID-19 Beacon Series Interview Ft. Grammy Winner Mickey Smith, Jr.
Mar 27 • 79 min
Ep. 76 - The Sound Of Your Name - A COVID-19 Beacon Series Interview Ft. Grammy Winner Mickey Smith, Jr.========== Today, human beings all over the world are making social and economic sacrifices to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19.…
75 - The Skills We Have - A COVID-19 Beacon Series Interview Ft. Artists Danny and Morgan Allain
Mar 25 • 63 min
Ep. 75 - The Skills We Have - A COVID-19 Beacon Series Interview Ft. Artists Danny and Morgan Allain==========Today, human beings all over the world are making social and economic sacrifices to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19. In…
Find the Good News - FB LIVE 2 - Fishing For Goodies with Oran and Jonah Parker
Mar 21 • 69 min
Find the Good News - FB LIVE 2 - Fishing For Goodies with Oran and Jonah Parker ** Recorded LIVE on Facebook • March 20, 2020 ** On #FindTheGoodFriday my son Jonah and I teamed up to bring you a special “Find the Good News” LIVE conversation.If you listen…
Find the Good News - FB LIVE 1 - Coffee Talk with Brother Oran
Mar 21 • 68 min
Find the Good News - FB LIVE 1 - Coffee Talk with Brother Oran ** Recorded LIVE on Facebook • March 18, 2020 ** No one should feel isolated or alone right now. Let’s talk about everything going on in the world, what’s going on in our individual lives, ask…
74 - The Brodozer of Bass Ft. Trip Wamsley - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Mar 17 • 84 min
EP. 74 - The Brodozer of Bass Ft. Trip Wamsley ========== When Trip Wamsley entered the studio with his bass guitar, I had a feeling our conversation was going to be a lot of fun. I had never met Trip before, but we were friends on Facebook, and based on…
73- The Human Capital Ft. Kimberly Dellafosse - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Mar 6 • 84 min
EP. 73 - The Human Capital Ft. Kimberly Dellafosse, Assitant City Administrator for the City of Lake Charles, Louisiana ========== Each Good Newsy is different, and getting to experience the uniqueness of each guest is one of the joys of hosting a podcast…
72 - The Ambassadors Ft. the Visit Lake Charles Team - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Feb 20 • 95 min
EP. 72 - The Ambassadors Ft. the Visit Lake Charles Team ========== It’s really great to sit down at a table and have a fun conversation with friends, teammates, and creative partners. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed. I’m thrilled when a conversation…
71 - The Patron Saint of 3 A.M. - A Tribute to Brian Moore - Find the Good News with Brother Oran
Feb 6 • 138 min
EP. 71 - The Patron Saint of 3A.M. - A Tribute to Brian Moore ========== After seventy conversations with good people doing good works, one might expect that sitting down to write a proper reflection on a guest would get easier. It does not. It’s not that…
70 - The Unintentional Pedestal Ft. Shakiyla Solomon - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jan 30 • 117 min
EP. 70 - The Unintentional Pedestal Ft. Shakiyla Solomon ========== One of the most gratitude producing activities I think one can participate in is meditating on the origins of things. When you look closely at any good thing in your life and trek…
69 - The Surrender Ft. Beth Fields Bunch - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jan 15 • 134 min
EP. 69 - The Surrender Ft. Beth Fields Bunch of Almost Home Ministries ========== Finding out that there are even more good people doing good works in your hometown is always exciting to me. A year ago, I would have never believed that people would just…
68 - The Shot in the Dark Ft. Pastor Sean Barron - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jan 1 • 232 min
EP. 68 - The Shot in the Dark Ft. Pastor Sean Barron ========== Most of my conversations on Find the Good News start off right at the round table. In the case of Pastor Sean Barron, I got to have a long friendly chat with him the night before we recorded.…
67 - The Disciple - Beacon Series Ft. Susan Stabile - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Nov 27, 2019 • 82 min
EP. 67 - The Disciple - Beacon Series Ft. Susan Stabile, Author of “Growing In Love And Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources For Christian Meditation” ========== If you listen to this show, then you’ve often heard me allude to a spiritual experience that took…
66 - The Universe Ft. Dave Evans - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Nov 20, 2019 • 209 min
EP. 66 - The Universe Ft. Dave Evans ========== There are people that I’ve wanted to have on Find the Good News since the first days of the show’s inception. For one reason or another, our orbits didn’t sync up. Still, I had faith that with enough…
65 - The Honor First - Beacon Series Ft. Jenn Budd - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Nov 13, 2019 • 180 min
EP. 65 - The Honor First - Beacon Series Ft. Jenn Budd, Former Senior Border Patrol Agent & Immigration Rights Activist ========== I often say that we have to walk into the darkened recesses of the cave to find the truth. It’s important to learn what is…
64 - The Ocean and the Shore Ft. Mary Vaughan - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Nov 6, 2019 • 115 min
EP. 64 - The Ocean and the Shore Ft. Mary Vaughan ========== Breathing. Such a simple action—often taken for granted—yet such an amazing tool to bring us back to an awareness of the present moment. It’s easy to get caught in a half-life between the…
63 - The Pulpit of Hypocrisy Ft. Darren Paul Hanks - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Oct 30, 2019 • 252 min
EP. 63 - The Pulpit of Hypocrisy Ft. Darren Paul Hanks ========== When I moved back home almost 15 years ago I found myself in the Bardo of becoming. Old things in my life were passing away. Familiar relationships had vaporized. New experiences were right…
Find the Good News Journal - Entry 5 - The Rising and Falling - with Oran Parker
Oct 26, 2019 • 53 min
Find the Good News Journal - Entry 5 - The Rising and Falling w/Oran Parker In this Find the Good News Journal Entry I talk about the breath of life, the light in our eyes, and I share three important experiences with breathing that are firmly planted in…
62 - The Arrow of Life Ft. Shelley Johnson - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Oct 23, 2019 • 88 min
EP. 62 - The Arrow of Life Ft. Shelley Johnson ========== There are people that change your life in profound ways, and yet many never really know they had such an impact. For me, former Executive Director of the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors…
LIVE - FIND THE GOOD NEWS - FT. SOUTHERN CAST IRON COOK-OFF
Oct 21, 2019 • 79 min
HOSTED BY Oran Parker & Jengi Miller (of Louise E. Anna Creations by Jengi) In this episode of Find the Good News we went LIVE with Daniel Schumacher (Editorial Director, Louisiana Cookin’ & Editor, Taste of the South) and Chef Lyle Broussard (Jack…
LIVE - FIND THE GOOD NEWS - FT. MONSTER DASH 1K AND FUN RUN
Oct 15, 2019 • 95 min
HOSTED BY Oran Parker & Mike Brignac (of the Feeling Twisty Podcast) In this episode of Find the Good News we go LIVE with Amanda Yellott & Reginal Larkins of the Whistle Stop & DanceSport. They talk about their youth dance programs and their upcoming…
61 - The Next Breath Ft. Ted Thibodeaux and Jody Barrilleaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Oct 15, 2019 • 104 min
EP. 61 - The Next Breath Ft. Jody Barrilleaux and Ted Thibodeaux of HALOS ========== So many lives in Calcasieu Parish have been touched by suicide, and when we look at the rising statistics we don’t really find many answers as to why. Those left behind…
Find the Good News Journal - Entry 4 - The Tea Kettle - with Oran Parker
Oct 13, 2019 • 52 min
Find the Good News Journal - Entry 4 - The Tea Kettle w/Oran Parker In this Find the Good News Journal Entry I talk about righteous anger, the passage of time, the law of impermanence, and using boiling feelings to make tea. ==========SUPPORT FIND THE…
60 - The Free Fall Ft. Lydia Fruge and Kyle Mestayer - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Oct 9, 2019 • 84 min
EP. 60 - The Free Fall Ft. Lydia Fruge and Kyle Mestayer ========== I never planned on producing podcasts for other people when I dreamed up Find the Good News, but when I met Lydia Fruge and Kyle Mestayer, both young lenders at bank FNBD, I could see…
Find the Good News Journal - Entry 3 - The Good Magnet - with Oran Parker
Oct 6, 2019 • 31 min
Find the Good News Journal - Entry 3 - The Good Magnet w/Oran Parker In this Find the Good News Journal Entry I take on a Sunday morning reflection to Maplewood Commons in Sulphur, Louisiana. We all take vows in some form or fashion. We bind ourselves to…
Find the Good News Journal - Entry 2 - The Nestea Plunge - with Oran Parker
Oct 5, 2019 • 61 min
Find the Good News Journal - Entry 2 - The Nestea Plunge w/Oran Parker In this Find the Good News Journal Entry I take you on my morning reflection at Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Carlyss, Louisiana. I talk about the Feasts of Saint Francis and Saint Faustina…
LIVE - Find the Good News - Ft. The Lake Charles Film Festival
Oct 3, 2019 • 109 min
HOSTED BY Oran Parker & Thom Trahan (of the Brimstone Historical Society) In this episode of Find the Good News we go LIVE with Patrick Shawn Bennett of the Lake Charles Film Festival, an event that features films by Louisiana based indie filmmakers.…
59 - The Right Round Table - Mixtape Vol. 2 - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Oct 2, 2019 • 206 min
1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EPISODE ========== A little over a year ago I came back from a personal retreat and sat down with my creative crew to tell them about something I wanted to do. After reflecting on the state of my mind, my work, and the actual tangible…
Find the Good News Journal - Entry 1 - The Laughing Buddha - with Oran Parker
Sep 29, 2019 • 57 min
Find the Good News Journal - Entry 1 - The Laughing Buddha w/Oran Parker In this Find the Good News Journal Entry I take you on my morning prayer and meditation walk to the Maplewood Commons in Sulphur, Louisiana. I talk about the past year of Good News,…
58 - The Poured Heart Ft. Chance Savant - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Sep 25, 2019 • 134 min
Openness. Truth. Honesty. The best stories are made up of these things, and I think that’s the holy trinity of what makes Find the Good News so unique. Each guest has come in here with their openness, truth, and honesty, and for those affiliated with…
57 - The Good Humans Ft. Richard and Jack Harrell - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Sep 18, 2019 • 111 min
Ever since I started producing Find the Good News, I’ve wanted to do an episode that was explicitly about fathers and their sons. One thing I’ve never tried to do with this show is to force my energy in a specific direction. I have found that allowing…
56 - The Reluctant Hug - Road Trip Ft. Kelli Stawecki - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Sep 11, 2019 • 90 min
It’s not easy for me to avert my gaze when I see someone in needs, especially the homeless or food impoverished. If you’ve listened to this show, then you know that images of the hungry affected me deeply when I was a little boy, and those photos haunt…
LIVE - FIND THE GOOD NEWS - FT. THE HORROR AND HOPS PODCAST
Sep 10, 2019 • 134 min
HOSTED BY Oran Parker & Morgan Allain (The Inkling Girl) In this episode of Find the Good News we go LIVE with Kevin Lambert, Thunder John, and Kevin Johnson of the Horror and Hops Podcast, a show about good horror movies, great beers, and even better…
55 - The Lawnmower Ft. Jengi Miller - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Sep 4, 2019 • 148 min
Like you, I’ve looked at a lot of artwork in my life. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and more often than not each work’s beauty is relevant to the particular eye of the beholder. We see it, process it, gauge it, place it somewhere on our value…
54 - The Girl in the City Ft. Breenie Dowies - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Aug 28, 2019 • 233 min
When I started Find the Good News I never really thought about listeners becoming guests. As it turns out, people attracted to good news have ended up being good people themselves. After so many wonderful conversations, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised…
LIVE - FIND THE GOOD NEWS - FT. THOM TRAHAN & KAT GODSEY
Aug 27, 2019 • 77 min
HOSTED BY Oran Parker & Mike Brignac In this episode of Find the Good News we go LIVE with Thom Trahan & Kat Godsey of the Brimstone Museum and Henning Cultural Center in Sulphur, Louisiana. They talk about the Chaos Theory art exhibit on display now at…
53 - The Organism Ft. Abbie Dixon - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Aug 21, 2019 • 96 min
I remember when I was a child, those key moments that softened my heart, the events that really made me tender, that helped me feel for others. Looking back I can see how often those feelings were turned off and on during my life. On reflection, I see the…
52 - The Hot Sauce Map Ft. Jelly Reynolds & Charlie Frye - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Aug 14, 2019 • 119 min
When you find out an old friend has started a hot sauce brand called Jammin’ Jelly’s Hot Sauce,… and you happen to like hot sauce,… and you have a podcast, then you know what you’re supposed to do next. I hadn’t seen Jelly Reynolds since we had worked…
51 - The Guest House Ft. DeWanna Tarver - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Aug 7, 2019 • 111 min
I don’t know if you have children, but if you do—as I do—then you’ve had to dig deep when summer ends, and it’s time to buy school clothes, uniforms, and supplies. Sometimes life takes a turn for the better, your resources become more plentiful and paying…
50 - The Stigmata Ft. Kevin Yaudes & Ramie Thibodeaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jul 31, 2019 • 107 min
If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. I’ve often wished that I could see the private sufferings of the people around me, to behold their secret worries, fears, and pains on a scale of…
49 - The Starfish Ft. Kayla Rigney - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jul 24, 2019 • 127 min
When I sit and reflect on all the people I’ve encountered in my life, I feel grateful. It’s not because every person I’ve met has been pleasant—I’m just thankful to have encountered the variety. On one end of the spectrum, I’ve met many people filled with…
48 - The Turn of the Wheel Ft. Mike Brignac - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jul 17, 2019 • 182 min
I have always been attracted to stories of transformation and enlightenment. A man is one way today, then something critical shifts in his life, and he wakes up as a new man. It had been years since I had seen Mike Brignac, but when he came to visit me on…
47 - The Skyscraper Ft. Braylin Jenkins - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jul 10, 2019 • 242 min
I’ve always tried to be honest in these introductions, hopefully giving you the best short reflection on my conversation with the guest of the week, and a brief sketch of the dialogue I’m presenting. I think it’s vital that I be clear that this episode of…
46 - The Temple of the Giant - Road Trip Ft. Clair Hebert Marceaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jul 3, 2019 • 203 min
We walk around people everyday, pass by strangers, carried by the momentum of our own agendas, desires, worries, and goals. What happens when we slow things down, get out of the pulling and hauling, drive away from the path we’re familiar with, and point…
45 - The Rocks and the Mountains Ft. Justin & Emily Martindale - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jun 26, 2019 • 205 min
If your heart is invested in a creative endeavor, and you’re in a relationship, there’s almost nothing better than having the full support of your partner or spouse. There is a feeling of uncertainty when you step out into the unknown as a creative. It…
44 - The Saving Throw Ft. Bruce PlaucheĢ - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jun 19, 2019 • 175 min
When you produce a show about good people doing good works, when you open that door, you never know who’s going sit across the table from you, or how they’re going to end up there. Someone contacts me and says, “This guy really helped my family and me;…
43 - The Legacy - Road Trip Ft. Chris Breaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jun 12, 2019 • 128 min
If you want to find a quiet place to think, I can’t think of any place more peaceful than a cemetery. There’s a reason we call it the quiet of the grave. It was in one of these garden’s of the dead where my life found purpose and meaning over 23 years…
42 - The Norns Ft. Rex Alexander - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jun 5, 2019 • 138 min
There’s nothing better than a good origin story, especially the ones where the little details and chance encounters could have made everything turn out different. What if the main character had arrived a little earlier, or a little later in their tale?…
41 - The Unanswered Question Ft. Meghan Abraham - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
May 29, 2019 • 149 min
If there’s one recurring theme on this show it is that people feel a little worn down from taking a “business-as-usual” approach to life. Many are looking for a fresh approach to the way they work, play, interact, eat, and move. What’s even more prevalent…
40 - The Tulips Ft. Susan Riehn - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
May 22, 2019 • 91 min
You know the old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” I was never fond of that saying, to be honest. I’ve known a lot of people with a surplus of lemons, little strength or help to squeeze them, much less sugar to sweeten things up. That…
39 - The Wormhole Ft. Amanda Yellott - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
May 15, 2019 • 172 min
What happens when a fan becomes a guest? That’s what I found out when I asked wonder-fan Amanda Yellott to come in and visit me on Find the Good News. With a young podcast like this one, it’s a little easier to engage with listeners in a personal way, and…
38 - The Pizzeria - Mixtape Vol. 1 - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
May 8, 2019 • 159 min
Well, this is the episode that I’ve been talking about, the first Find the Good News mixtape. I had a lot of fun putting this episode together. It’s a fun concept and I’m really thankful for Paul, Rosie, and Elizabeth. This meeting of local minds couldn’t…
37 - The Time For Tea Ft. Julia O’Carroll - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
May 1, 2019 • 166 min
Tea. Like many things, it’s always felt like there was a layer to uncover. Perhaps I’ve observed it, or read about it, but there seemed to be some type of atmosphere around it, an allure that brings people together in the sharing of the little warm cup,…
36 - The Chain Breaker Ft. Rusty Havens - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Apr 24, 2019 • 111 min
For a long time, I thought of sex trafficking as something that happened somewhere else, or maybe as a plot device for action films. If I’m honest, I feel pretty ignorant even admitting that. Like, many of the things that plague our world, it was an…
35 - The Aha! Moment Ft. Devin Morgan - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Apr 17, 2019 • 243 min
Time slipped away when I visited with Devin Morgan, the director of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. Devin admitted right out the gate that he was a little nervous about coming in for his visit on Find the Good News as he doesn’t really care to be a…
34 - The Beat Goes On Ft. Jeremy Boudreaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Apr 10, 2019 • 130 min
Find the Good News has been a healthy mix of people I know, people I don’t, and a lot of good people that I’ve been indirectly connected to through my friendships with others. This show has been an experiment. What happens when you ask this simple…
33 - The Mentor Ft. Aleta Barnes - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Apr 3, 2019 • 112 min
I don’t think it would be very hard to Find the Good News in this world if every young person could have a teacher like the one I had between 1990 and 1992. I imagine that many, many students who had this special lady as a mentor would tell a similar…
32 - The Wax Apple Ft. Diana Vallette - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Mar 27, 2019 • 169 min
I don’t think Diana Vallette knew that she was one of the many inspirations behind Find the Good News. How could she? We’d never met face-to-face, and we didn’t really know each other all that well. I’d been watching Diana’s activity online for quite a…
31 - The Windblown Seed Ft. Adley Cormier - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Mar 20, 2019 • 136 min
I had no idea what was in store for me the day that local historian and author of “Lost Lake Charles” Adley Cormier sat down in my vehicle to do a ride along as part of a historic tour project in Lake Charles, Louisiana. At every stop, corner, street, and…
30 - The Naturalist Ft. Irvin Louque - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Mar 13, 2019 • 122 min
Irvin Louque, the Tuten Park Programs Manager for the City of Lake Charles, came by and visited me on Find the Good News. Through his job as Programs Manager, Irvin has an opportunity to impact and educate the community on exactly how important it is to…
29 - The Elemental Fusion Ft. Carl & Chelsea Boudreaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Mar 6, 2019 • 99 min
Carl & Chelsea Boudreaux—the owners of the Yoga Center in Lake Charles and Stellar Beans Coffee House and Edibles—came in for a visit on Find the Good News. The three of us used to orbit some of the same friend-groups in high school. For as much as you…
28 - The Short End of the Stick Ft. Laura Grantham Broussard - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Feb 27, 2019 • 115 min
Sometimes to talk about good things we need to talk about bad things. We have to go into the darkness of the cave, but make sure we’re lighting lanterns along the way. Laura Grantham Broussard sat down with me for a visit on Find the Good News, and our…
27 - The Sugar Bowl Ft. Brook Hanemann - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Feb 20, 2019 • 140 min
Brook Hanemann, the director of Banners at McNeese State University, agreed to visit with me on Find the Good News. Like other guests, I knew very little about her before our conversation. Also, like other guests, it was an absolute pleasure to get to…
26 - The Golden Seam Ft. Matt Young - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Feb 13, 2019 • 93 min
There are people in our lives that everyone knows, and that everyone holds in high regard. That respect often comes from the actions and good works of those individuals. Sometimes it’s their good nature that places them in such high regard. More often,…
25 - The Secret Sauce Ft. John O’Donnell - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Feb 6, 2019 • 97 min
When I started Find the Good News I couldn’t have predicted the effect it would have on me. Each and every guest has left an impact. This is the absolute truth; I think about each one of them in some small way each day. John O’Donnell, the man I visit…
24 - The Ascension Ft. Meagan Green - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jan 30, 2019 • 119 min
Someone asked me how I go about finding good people, and determining whether or not they have good news to share. When I set out to Find the Good News I honestly just open a door, make an invitation, and give a person a safe and honest space to share…
23 - The Way She Sees It Ft. Heather Arsement - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jan 23, 2019 • 122 min
The lovely thing about Find the Good News is seeing one guest lead directly to next. Each visit I get to catch a special glimmer in the eyes of the person across from me, and I know that means they’ve had that “aha” moment—they want to tell me about…
22 - The Call To Care Ft. Jody Farnum - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jan 16, 2019 • 114 min
I’ve always found it hard to ignore the suffering and strife of my fellow man, and during the times in my life when I actually could stiffen my neck and avert my eyes, I’ve been filled with something that I can only call shame. I’ve been guilty of looking…
21 - The Music Box Ft. Paul Gonsoulin, M.A. PLPC - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jan 9, 2019 • 151 min
Before Paul arrived to visit me on Find the Good News I could not have imagined the quality of the conversation we would have, nor the variety of things we would have to talk about. I met Paul years ago while volunteering time with the Southwest Louisiana…
20 - The Umbrella Spoke Ft. Thom Trahan - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Jan 2, 2019 • 124 min
What happens when the right person is placed in the right position to do the right job at the right time in history? For me, there’s no guesswork involved in answering that question. I don’t have to wonder about it. I only have to look right here in my…
19 - The Pants Fee Ft. Danny Allain - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Dec 26, 2018 • 117 min
What is good news? I’ve asked that question a lot since I started this show. What I’ve discovered is that good news wears an infinite number of masks, and on this episode of Find the Good News I learn that one of its secret identities is Danny Allain.…
18 - The Inside Out Ft. Lyd Walls - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Dec 19, 2018 • 115 min
There is something soothing about loose strokes and abstract, flowing colors on canvas, and that comfort is what I found myself settling into when I looked at the nude paintings of Lyd Walls. This art was being born from somewhere. I was curious, so I…
17 - The Butisattva Ft. Elizabeth McDaniel - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Dec 12, 2018 • 91 min
Buti Yoga. This was something I’d never heard of, nor seen before, but when I did, four words came to mind; refreshing, energy, joy, and freedom. This was something I really felt Find the Good News listeners would enjoy. After visiting with Elizabeth…
16 - The Awakening Ft. Heather Boston - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Dec 5, 2018 • 138 min
I can’t really pinpoint where I was first exposed to Heather Boston’s artwork, but what I do remember is stopping each time to look at her creative works. The art itself gave me much to think about, but it was Heather’s reflections and revelations shared…
15 - The Surface and the Depth Ft. Ben Von Duke - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Nov 21, 2018 • 133 min
In this episode of Find the Good News, I have a long visit with Southwest Louisiana musician-and-artist Ben Von Duke. This was a good encounter for me. I really didn’t know Ben before this visit. I’d only experienced his music through his band, The Von…
14 - The Undone Fate Ft. Rosie Pryor - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Nov 16, 2018 • 110 min
Have you ever had a conversation where you were almost 100% true to who you really are? I recently had one on Find the Good News with Rosie Pryor, otherwise known by her blogging handle, Stone Sober Mom. Rosie embodies precisely what I feel we need more…
13 - The Flamingo Principal Ft. Charla Blake - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Nov 14, 2018 • 123 min
In visiting with Charla Blake on Find the Good News I was keenly aware that I was sitting across the table from someone with a lifetime of skills and experiences. Charla has a sharp mind, a strong will, a good heart, and a vocal honesty that I really can…
12 - The Pixels and the Ink Ft. Daneisha Davis-Harger - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Nov 7, 2018 • 125 min
Meeting the creative people behind local art is something I look forward to on Find the Good News. In this episode, I visit with graphic artist Daneisha Harger. She has a special knack for delivering vintage vibes and colorful local icons. Daneisha knows…
11 - The Summer of 1995 Ft. Jody Taylor - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Oct 31, 2018 • 101 min
Jody Taylor has been working behind the scenes to bring live music and art experiences to Southwest Louisiana for over 20 years. I asked him to share some of his heart on this episode of Find the Good News. Jody traces his inspiration for organizing…
10 - The ABCs of Caring Ft. Becky Girola - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Oct 25, 2018 • 79 min
In this episode of Find the Good News, I had the chance to catch up with Becky Girola, the Director of ABC Crisis Pregnancy Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Becky has a positivity and energy that hits you right in the heart. She shares her inner spirit…
9 - The Otherly Love Ft. Tony Bourque - Find the Good News with Oran Parker
Oct 23, 2018 • 149 min
In this episode of Find the Good News, I have a long discussion with Tony Bourque, the pastor at Waters Edge Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He took me into territory that I did not expect from a bible-belt pastor, especially when our conversation…