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Ep. 45 - The Rocks and the Mountains  Ft. Justin & Emily Martindale - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 45 - The Rocks and the Mountains Ft. Justin & Emily Martindale - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

June 26, 2019

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 can feel a bit like shifting sand beneath your feet, but knowing that someone is there for you with faith like mountains can turn shifting-sand to the firmness of rock, making each step more stable. While you're honing your craft, figuring out how to navigate the uncharted way, your other is there with love, encouragement, ideas, and support. That's the type of solidity of faith and support I got to witness between Justin & Emily Martindale when they came to sit at my table on Find the Good News. Between the two of them, you'll find a creative carousel of talents. Justin is an accomplished and talented musician, producer, and designer, while Emily is a sought after photographer and writer. They are both reflective creators that find a great deal of joy in all the works they do. In short, they seem to be having fun together, supporting each other's works, and building a line-up of services that are helping other creatives bring their ideas to life. At the very heart of their relationship is a desire to help each other breath life into their ideas, and that energy and support spill off of them in waves. Emily nurtures Justin's passion for music, while Justin actively cheers Emily into new ventures in writing, and on and on they go and grow. In Justin's music and Emily's images, you'll find an expert quality that appeals to the eye and the ear. In Justin and Emily's story, you'll discover good news, and perhaps a little song that smiles in your heart.

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FOR MORE INFO ABOUT JUSTIN MARTINDALE >> www.facebook.com/justin.martindale.5 or www.instagram.com/justin_martindale_music/ 

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Ep. 44 - The Saving Throw Ft. Bruce Plauché - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 44 - The Saving Throw Ft. Bruce Plauché - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

June 19, 2019

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; you should get him on Find the Good News," it's hard to resist making the first contact. I've learned to trust my listeners because they've been right every single time, and that track record didn't change when local counselor Bruce Plauché sat down behind the microphone. There was an instant easiness with Bruce, and our conversation flowed naturally from the jump. Bruce used our natural affinity for comic books and science fiction as the building blocks of our discussion, not all dissimilar from the way he uses them to help the people he works with to build better lives for themselves. He's a natural talker and listener, and I found that he engaged everything I asked with enthusiasm. At Bruce's center, I experienced an authentic nature and honesty, qualities that were flourished by petals of his quick wit and humor. If you tune in to this show because people share openly, then you've picked a good one because Bruce illustrates just how healing it can be to open up in a healthy way. He's teaching children and adults how to develop more robust communication and relationship practices through role-playing, and he sees results. What I learned from Bruce is that it's essential to understand the origins of others, and it's of equal importance to know where you come from as well. Sometimes you have to roll the dice and mix things up to discover your saving grace, your superpower. The good news is that in trying on a lot of masks and cloaks, you sometimes find the one that fits just right, and you may discover your true face in the process.

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Ep. 43 - The Legacy - Road Trip Ft. Chris Breaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 43 - The Legacy - Road Trip Ft. Chris Breaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

June 12, 2019

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 ago. Each year I go that that sacred place, to revisit the cause for my desire to awaken, and my hope that we—that I—can be a more loving and compassionate being. I always go there alone, but I’m never truly alone when I’m there. It was this affinity for sacred spaces and final resting places that drew me to Chris Breaux, the owner of Monumental Life, so I asked if he would share his good works with me on Find the Good News. Chris asked me to take a road trip to visit with him at Orange Grove Cemetery in Lake Charles, Louisiana so I could experience his service to the dead first hand. Orange Grove Cemetery is home to the largest display of flags for American veterans in the United States, and it is the abode for the bones of many of Southwest Louisiana’s founding fathers and mothers. In seeking his own founding mothers and fathers, Chris found a new calling, a way to honor those that have come before us, that lived, loved, laughed, suffered, and cried,… just like us. Since his initial motivation, I would describe Chris’s work as a personal piety, and crusade of sorts, a mission to remind us that everything shiny we chase after is fleeting, temporary, dust and that the most glorious crown we could ever have isn’t made of earthly jewels, or polished gold. Our greatest treasure is a life well-lived, a good heart, and service to one another. Beneath blues skies, with a chorus of birds, and cooled by the shadow cast of 200-year-old oaks, I sat down with Chris for an extended visit and discovered he has made a journey, not unlike mine, or possibly yours. There have been joys, there have been sorrows, and there has been a change of heart. Not only did he share his motivations with me, but he also graciously allowed me to assist him in his holy work, in honoring the lives of those that came before us through the revitalization of their monuments. It was a memento mori, a day to remember that we too must die, but before we cross through that gate and enter the great mystery we should find the capacity within ourselves to truly appreciate the good we see before us, and also do whatever good we can.

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Ep. 42 - The Norns Ft. Rex Alexander - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 42 - The Norns Ft. Rex Alexander - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

June 5, 2019

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? What if they had gone left instead of right? When local potter, Rex Alexander, came by to visit Find the Good News, those were the types of legendary details that stood out to me. It seems to me that Rex has always had a desire to create, a part of himself that was looking for its place in the sun. Rex’s story is of a chance encounter, smoke, fire, a path, when on the right day at the right time—and with the right people—the course of Rex Alexander’s life changed. I personally love Rex’s pottery, especially his mugs, and if you own one, then you’ll know what I mean when I say they look like they crawled right out of the earth into your hand. When I drink from his mugs, it changes the drink, not in any physical way that’s discernible. His containers change your mind if you allow them to because they are imbued with the ethereal energy of his story, containing his passion for sharing what he knows, and the joy he finds in experimenting with the medium he was called to use. These vessels were made by his hands with love. I find I get a lot out of discovering people’s hinge moments, the things that happen in their life that places them on a new trajectory, creating a new timeline. I can’t say that I didn’t wonder what would have happened had Rex Alexander walked past his destiny just a few minutes earlier, a few minutes later, or if he’d decided to take another route on the day that the hinges pivoted, the day his door opened. Perhaps there’s an alternate reality out there where Rex Alexander isn’t throwing, turning, and shaping clay into the great works we know him by. If so, I’d say I’m glad I live in this one where I get to share his good news just as it’s been formed. 

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