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Ep. 63 - The Pulpit of Hypocrisy Ft. Darren Paul Hanks - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 63 - The Pulpit of Hypocrisy Ft. Darren Paul Hanks - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

October 30, 2019

EP. 63 - The Pulpit of Hypocrisy Ft. Darren Paul Hanks

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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 in front of me, and with that came new people. I was fortunate in that the gravity of the Bardo drew good people into my life, and one of those people was Darren Paul Hanks. Darren and I were fast friends, immediately finding we had a variety of things in common. We connected over entertainment, comic books, and even worked in the same creative industry. Darren was jolly, and a willing helper, sensing the needs of others and selflessly offering assistance in whatever capacity he could help. Years passed by, our circle of friends grew, and when Darren would arrive you knew that a certain type of joy and love had arrived as well, no matter what we were doing. Time passes, and things change, and friend groups dissolve, but many of the bonds are forged of more resilient materials. That’s the type of friend bond I feel with Darren Hanks, the kind that survives as the world around us changes. I’ve held Darren in high regard for a long time. He has seen my children grow. He stood beside me as my best man when I married Michelle. He loved us as we welcomed a new child into the world. He’s a good man, so I wasn’t surprised when many people asked me to bring him in for a visit on Find the Good News, not even realizing that I had a long, pre-existing relationship with the man. I learned many things I did not know about this man, my friend. For all the love that he shares with the world through his personal 1221 Studio brand, Darren has struggled for so long to find love for himself. So much of this great love for others has come from a deep-seated and skewed personal view of himself. In sharing his love for others through his open-door art nights and art drops, Darren has settled into the best version of who he is, and has found comfort—even love—for this man that he has become. While he often says that he speaks from the pulpit of hypocrisy, I tend to believe that he instead speaks from the truth derived from true honesty about himself. Darren does the hard work, the deep looking, the wrestling, the digging, the heart-and-mind work that we should all do. While he’s busy working on his life, he still makes time to reach out to others. The wheel of time will turn again, and the Bardo of becoming will continue to bring change, but I have this sense that my friendship with Darren will be there through it all. He is an encouragement for anyone that has ever had a negative view of themselves, a reminder that we can all change our minds and hearts, and I am so happy to call him my good friend.

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Find the Good News Journal - Entry 5 - The Rising and Falling - with Oran Parker

Find the Good News Journal - Entry 5 - The Rising and Falling - with Oran Parker

October 26, 2019

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 my heart.

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Ep. 62 - The Arrow of Life Ft. Shelley Johnson - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 62 - The Arrow of Life Ft. Shelley Johnson - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

October 23, 2019

EP. 62 - The Arrow of Life Ft. Shelley Johnson

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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 Bureau, Shelley Johnson, is one of those people. This year, Shelley retired from her position after 30 years of service to our region, leaving behind a legacy of positive growth in travel and tourism that will be felt for decades to come. In my professional circles, her name carried weight. Working with her and her team meant something to those with whom I took meetings. In a professional capacity, my team and I have been honored to have been trusted by Shelley Johnson and her staff to craft enticing and attractive adverts, each designed to bring visitors to our area. As much as I respected her professionally, when I asked Shelley to visit me on Find the Good News, my intentions were very personal. You see, for all of these years of working with Shelley and her team, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit with Shelley one-on-one outside of the tour and travel environment. If you listen to this show often enough you’ll understand that I was more than a little curious to know her story. What I discovered in my visit with Shelley was a kindness, a passion, and a great love for this region she calls home. In her 30 years of travels, from meetings with public figures across the entire spectrum, and to places one might long to see, Shelley always felt the grass was greenest right here in Southwest Louisiana, and that kindness is embedded in our culture. What I discovered in my visit with Shelley is that she was tailor-made for this incredible job of extreme hospitality, the trajectory of her childhood on into her adult life pointed her squarely at the role, providing the skills, training, and expertise needed to build the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau into the entity it is today. If you’ve been to any event in any of the sister cities that make up our region, then you’ve been impacted by the arrow of Shelley Johnson’s life. She was kind, honest, thoughtful, and so giving in our conversation. With the tone of every word I could tell she truly enjoys sharing the wonders of our home. It’s not hard to find echoes of Shelley Johnson’s service in Southwest Louisiana. I believe her lasting legacy will be the transference of her general perspective on our area. Her infectious conviction is that not only has Southwest Louisiana seen great days, but it has even more glorious days yet to see.

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LIVE - FIND THE GOOD NEWS - FT. SOUTHERN CAST IRON COOK-OFF

LIVE - FIND THE GOOD NEWS - FT. SOUTHERN CAST IRON COOK-OFF

October 21, 2019

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 Daniel's® Bar & Grill at L'auberge).

They talked about the upcoming Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off taking place November 1–2, 2019, in Lake Charles, Louisiana!

We jammed on skillets, dutch ovens, vintage cast iron, cast iron care, savory recipes, history, and what all the foodie + cast iron enthusiasts can expect at the inaugural Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off event.

Daniel and Chef Lyle jumped from the frying pan into the LIVE WIRE CHALLENGE & LIGHTNING ROUND, so there were some ZZZZAPS to go along with all those sizzles.

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EVENT FEATURES:
The Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off, takes place Nov. 1 & 2, 2019 at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana!

  • General Admission: $15
  • VIP Tickets: $65
  • Children (12 and under): FREE!
  • Live Music
  • Cast Iron Expo
  • Cast Iron Cooking Demonstrations
  • Farmer's Market
  • Artisan Cast Iron Vendors
  • Professional and Amateur Cook-Offs
  • Local Cuisine

FOR MORE INFO SOUTHERN CAST IRON COOK-OFF & TICKETS >> https://www.southerncastiron.com/southern-cast-iron-cook-off/
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LIVE - FIND THE GOOD NEWS - FT. MONSTER DASH 1K AND FUN RUN

LIVE - FIND THE GOOD NEWS - FT. MONSTER DASH 1K AND FUN RUN

October 15, 2019

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 fundraiser event, The 2nd Annual Monster Dash at the Grove/Heritage Square in Sulphur, Louisiana this Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Amanda and Reginald were fun guests and really good "dance sports" when it came time to take the LIVE WIRE CHALLENGE & LIGHTNING ROUND!
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EVENT FEATURES:
The 2nd Annual Monster Dash, takes place Oct. 19, 2019 at the Grove/Heritage Square in Sulphur, Louisiana!

• Sign-up starts at 8am.

• Events will be from 8:30am to 3pm.

• Events include 1k run, Fun Run, Relay Races, Costume Contests, and Music!

Proceeds benefit Whistle Stop/DanceSport

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Ep. 61 - The Next Breath Ft. Ted Thibodeaux and Jody Barrilleaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 61 - The Next Breath Ft. Ted Thibodeaux and Jody Barrilleaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

October 15, 2019

EP. 61 - The Next Breath Ft. Jody Barrilleaux and Ted Thibodeaux of HALOS

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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 are left to wonder what went wrong, or what they could have done to make a difference. Suicide leaves so many unanswered questions and feelings that run the entire emotional spectrum, leaving survivors looking for hope and healing. The particular type of grief that suicide places on the friends and loved ones left behind is so particular and so heavy. Often, those who remain live from breath-to-breath. This is where HALOS—which stands for Healing After A Loved One’s Suicide—is exactly the saving grace that many are seeking. Core members of HALOS, Jody Barrilleaux and Ted Thibodeaux, were gracious enough to come and visit me on Find the Good News, allowing this little podcast to be a small extension of their shining light. Having both lost dear and close family members to suicide, Ted and Jody know first hand the fear, sorrow, anger, grief, and confusion that family and friends are left with when a loved one dies by suicide. Through HALOS, Ted, Jody, and others have created a loving, safe, and exposed heart-space that allows those grieving to share their pains, tell their stories and say the names of their loved ones out loud. With time and exposure to others in the HALOS groups healing after suicide can begin, and though a loved one may have been lost, the survivors never have to be alone. Death by suicide can make those that remain feel as though their light was taken away, but through the work of Jody, Ted, and others in the HALOS groups sharing their love and experiential understanding, many have found their way back to brighter days.

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Find the Good News Journal - Entry 4 - The Tea Kettle - with Oran Parker

Find the Good News Journal - Entry 4 - The Tea Kettle - with Oran Parker

October 13, 2019

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.

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Ep. 60 - The Free Fall Ft. Lydia Fruge and Kyle Mestayer - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 60 - The Free Fall Ft. Lydia Fruge and Kyle Mestayer - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

October 9, 2019

EP. 60 - The Free Fall Ft. Lydia Fruge and Kyle Mestayer

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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 that they had a particular passion for people’s stories and the gift needed to carry an ongoing podcat—the ability to move a conversation into exciting territory. It might be very easy to feel a little blasé when it comes to talking dollars and cents, but after producing their first episode of the Tower Hour, I knew there was nothing bland about this dynamic duo, nor the conversations they were going to have with their local guests. The Tower Hour podcast is now 10 episodes strong, with several more recorded for launch, and even more scheduled for the future. The guests are interesting, sharing their hopes, dreams, plans, and pitfalls with Lydia and Kyle. They explore very personal territory, and what I’ve discovered is that tales of dollars and cents are often painted with wonderful colors, adorned with the details that travel in the tailwind of a human life. Their guests provide fresh perspectives on entrepreneurship, each with their own unique motivation and advice. So often, we only see a brand from outside the package, but Lydia and Kyle provide a fresh look from inside the container, taking each guest on a series of free fall questions designed to give listeners a peek inside their hearts and minds. I have enjoyed getting to know these young bank FNBD bankers. They have positive energy and seem genuinely motivated to help people through their service. More than that, I find satisfaction in working with them on their podcast, the Tower Hour, and I look forward to sitting silently during their guest interviews, absorbing each and every word, and I believe you will too.

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Find the Good News Journal - Entry 3 - The Good Magnet - with Oran Parker

Find the Good News Journal - Entry 3 - The Good Magnet - with Oran Parker

October 6, 2019

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 things for many reasons. Today I talk about stickers, glue, magnets, adhesives, patches, thread, and how the evidence of those things often remain long after they are gone.

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Find the Good News Journal - Entry 2 - The Nestea Plunge - with Oran Parker

Find the Good News Journal - Entry 2 - The Nestea Plunge - with Oran Parker

October 5, 2019

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 (and I admittedly screw up the day of Francis's Feast). I share my thoughts on the incredible display of love and mercy in a Dallas, Texas courtroom this week, and what the Divine Mercy means to me. I hope you'll join me inside this journal entry beneath the trees at Mimosa Pines.

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