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Ep. 41 - The Unanswered Question Ft. Meghan Abraham - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 41 - The Unanswered Question Ft. Meghan Abraham - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

May 29, 2019

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 is that many people are using their disenchantment with the status quo as an opportunity to start over, to rebuild from the ground up, and then they’re sharing their journey with others in the hopes they can make a change to. I recently had the pleasure to visit one of those special people when Meghan Abraham, the creator of Fresh Fuel, came to visit me on Find the Good News. Meghan hit the status quo, got fed up with it, then changed her life, and she continues to change it daily by focusing on critical elements. She wanted to eat better. She wanted to be more active. She wanted the changes she made to areas to be practical for the average person trying to make their way in a 24-hour world. If you follow Meghan on social media then you’ll find very quickly that she values honesty and transparency. Is she living her hashtag “best life?” You bet she is, and as it turns out her best life is her real life. She shares the good days and bad ones because let’s face it,… that’s what real life is made of. In sharing this way she is encouraging others to take that first fresh step toward a brand new life. With Fresh Fuel, she wants to help you start cooking and eating fresher food at home, and by taking the planning off your plate she believes you’ll put healthier food on the table for you, and your family. Beyond that, I believe Meghan follows the “just do something” philosophy. If you want to make a change try taking a different path, but don’t stand still. I gathered that she believes there is a new you on standby, waiting for you do that next simple thing that’s going to put a whole series of fresh new actions into motion, making each day a celebration of life. She’s here to help you so you don’t have to get kickstarted alone. Change can be hard, and Meghan is here to help make it easier. If you’re parked in idle and not sure where to start, Meghan Abraham has good news.

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Ep. 40 - The Tulips Ft. Susan Riehn - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 40 - The Tulips Ft. Susan Riehn - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

May 22, 2019

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 said, I’ve still come to believe it is in the womb of our adversities that our gifts gestate, and eventually bloom into virtues that manifest blessings for others. That’s exactly the type of tale I got to enjoy when I sat down to visit with Susan Riehn on Find the Good News. Susan is the director of “Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana,” a non-profit organization and team that puts people with disabilities, their caregivers, and their families in touch with resources they may not have been aware of otherwise. Selfishly, I love to fill my mind and feed my spirit with stories like the one Susan shared. The beauty is not in the story alone, but in the echo and rhyme I sense in it, a set of somewhat common words and tales that reinforce what I hear over and over again on this podcast; “I saw a way I could help my fellow beings, and I chose to act.” That’s really what’s at the heart of Susan’s story. She had a desperate need—she did not know where to turn—and a helper arrived. Her story is now the story of “Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana;” a willingness to be a helper for those without one. If you listen to enough volunteers and servants in our community—especially those at “Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana”—you’ll hear some version of this story of the able helper. I heard this good news clearly when I spoke with Susan Riehn, and I believe fully that you will hear it too.

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Ep. 39 - The Wormhole Ft. Amanda Yellott - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 39 - The Wormhole Ft. Amanda Yellott - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

May 15, 2019

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 Amanda is precisely the type of listener a show like this needs. She’s engaged, introspective, encouraging, willing to challenge the thoughts and ideas presented, and open to absorbing new perspectives and practices as takeaways she can apply to her own life. What more could any podcaster ask for? As I got to know Amanda as a fan, I ended up learning about her specific good news, her good works. Amanda is the director of the dance program at the Whistle Stop, a program designed to engage youth using dance as a vehicle, giving them a place to receive mentorship, learn exciting new skills, and work with others. These children may be learning to dance literally, but they are also learning to dance with life metaphorically, to take the right steps, to find the rhythm, and move with the ebb-and-flow. As much as I enjoyed speaking with Amanda about her good news as the director of the Whistle Stop dance program, it was her perspective as a listener that I think I got the most out of. Our conversation was a bit like entering a wormhole, wondering where exactly where we’d travel as we cross the bridge, and wondering where we would come out on the other side. What was quite lovely and refreshing was that we didn’t always agree, or have the same perspective, and that was a-okay. For that solitary reason, my visit with Amanda Yellott was pretty good news to me.

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Ep. 38 - The Pizzeria - Mixtape Vol. 1 - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 38 - The Pizzeria - Mixtape Vol. 1 - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

May 8, 2019
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 have happened without their willingness to participate. If you’re a listener of Find the Good News then you may have already listened to their individual episodes. If not, this is a great place to start. Most episodes of Find the Good News are one-on-one visits. I do my best to give you a deep dive reflection, my takeaway from the talk I’ve had with each guest. Since I’ve already done that with each of these local Good Newsies, I’ll spare you my drivel. Instead, I’d just encourage you to enjoy your time with these people—I know I did—and if you want to get to know them on a deeper level then I’d encourage you to go back and listen to their individual episodes of Find the Good News. With that I’d say let’s get on with it, pop in “The Pizzeria” Mixtape Volume 1, and press play on some really good news.

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Ep. 37 - The Time For Tea Ft. Julia O’Carroll - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 37 - The Time For Tea Ft. Julia O’Carroll - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

May 1, 2019

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, or maybe its the steeping, the waiting for heated water to bring the dried leaves, flowers, peels, or berries back to life. Whatever magic tea holds, it was obviously present when Julia O’Carroll, the owner of Tea at Walden, came to visit me on Find the Good News. Oddly enough, Julia and I didn’t share a cup of tea during her visit. In our sharing, I felt something else brewing. I like to think that from a certain perspective one might even see of our conversation as a type of tea, not one that you can drink or taste, but consumable and comforting nonetheless. Our cup of metaphorical tea contains the ingredients we brought to our visit, our sufferings, tragedies, pains, old regrets, deep fears, with notes of our beautiful hopes and dreams, wonderful wishes for positive change, and our personal desires to help others form new habits that will bring them peace and tranquility in a world that celebrates busyness with new fervor each day. The more our ingredients steeped in the waters of our conversation, the more they flowered into a drink that warmed my heart. Julia O’Carroll wants something very simple, and ultimately accomplishable. She wants you to sit with a cup of tea, to give yourself a moment in time to just be with it, to inhale the aroma as the leaves come to life. Through the tea she wants you to find a space—not unlike Thoreau’s cabin at Walden—where you can simply be, reflect, and perhaps get in touch with a part of yourself that can get muddled in the pulling and hauling that's filled with the pings and dings of our lives. Find a quiet place, put on a kettle, cradle a special cup, and pick a tea that appeals to your palette. Let the leaves steep while your ears listen to something good.

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