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Ep. 82 - The Encouragers Ft. Ashley Gatte - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 82 - The Encouragers Ft. Ashley Gatte - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

April 21, 2020

EP. 82 - The Encouragers Ft. Ashley Gatte of Empire of the Seed

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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 space where I meet with my guests. It conveys an openness, creative energy, and joy that is reflective of the types of conversations I hoped to have with each person that’s come to visit.

Since the stay-at-home orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the serious distancing measure required, I haven’t been able to meet in person with the good people that make our local communities better. Before our world hit a massive pause, I had the pleasure of visiting with several people doing good works in our communities. The conversation I’m sharing with you today is one of those recorded in studio, and as I listened to it again it made me nostalgic for a time not too long ago when proximity to new people was a commodity. Today, I’m sharing my visit with Ashley Gatte of Empire of the Seed.

Empire of the Seed is an altruistic entity in Southwest Louisiana that has a long plan to invigorate an already existing cultural landscape by revitalizing historic properties into venues and businesses that expand upon a community with a rich mix of art, music, and cuisine. The Empire of the Seed has seen many successes, and the people of the Lake Charles area have benefited in many ways. After meeting with Ashely Gatte, it was easy to draw lines from many of their accomplishments directly to her efforts as the President of Historic Events.

It was clear to me that helping others reach for their full potential was highly important to Ashley. This was a gift that others had shared with her, and giving it back seemed to be one of the ways she has shown her gratitude.

As a talented lifelong musician, Ashley has shared her passion for song with her community. Combining that personal passion with the resources of Empire of the Seed has given birth to venues where other artists and musicians can share their love in turn. From my perspective, this is good compounding on good, a type of rebirth and renewal that the world sorely needs more of.

She’s an athlete, a planner, an organizer, a songwriter, musician, and singer, but most important of all, she is kind, filled with joy, and carries a smile that makes a person want to share their own.

I’ve enjoyed many digital conversations with some wonderful people since the coronavirus shutdown, but revisiting my conversation with Ashley makes me long for a time that I hope isn’t too far away, when I can sit down and breath the same air as my guests.

I invite you to listen to my conversation with Ashley Gatte, one of the good people who has done good works in the world, someone that I am sure is ready to continue doing that in any way she can.

The world may have pressed pause, but let’s set some time aside, feel some joy, share a space for a little while, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 81 - The Comforter Ft. Eugenie Tullos - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 81 - The Comforter Ft. Eugenie Tullos - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

April 11, 2020

EP. 81 - The Comforter Ft. Eugenie Tullos

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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 world since the time that this episode was recorded. Not long after this visit, as I’m quite certain you know, the world was changed by the new coronavirus and the medical complications brought on by COVID-19.

Social distancing. Quarantine. Masks. Gloves. Disinfectant. Shortages. Misinformation. Sacrifices. Selfishness. Selflessness. Despair. Hope. Isolation. Innovation. Lies. Heroes. Takers. Helpers. These are just the words that come immediately into my mind as I reflect on the current state of the world as framed by my conversation with the guest in this episode, Eugenie Tullos. 

If anything, the state of the world today actually made key moments in our conversation stand out even more. Eugenie Tullos is a one of the helpers, the heroes, the innovators, one of the beings that has been working in the world in a selfless way, sacrificing, and comforting others with presence, truth, and hope. Her job as a loving care-giver has required physical closeness for many years, so hearing our visit in the light of this time of distancing reminded me of the crucial value of human proximity, especially now that we don’t have it.

This conversation isn’t about the global pandemic, but it is filled with advice, perspectives, and information about the very best nature of humanity. It’s that best nature, Eugenie’s nature, the nature of love, care, and truth, that will be so important when the blanket of this virus is lifted from the world.

Human closeness will return, and when it does, I plan to cherish it in ways reflective of this visit.

I invite you to listen to my conversation with Eugenie Tullos, a time not too long ago when I, like many others, may have taken those around me for granted in small, almost undetectable ways, a time when togetherness was in abundance, presence was a luxury, and the smiling faces of strangers were not covered by protective masks.

Now, let’s press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 80 - The Clunky Oars - Beacon Series Ft. Greg Soden - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 80 - The Clunky Oars - Beacon Series Ft. Greg Soden - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

April 1, 2020

Ep. 80 - The Clunky Oars - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Greg Soden of The Classical Idea Podcast
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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 of producing and listening, I’ve learned a lot, and whether they know it, many of the hosts and producers of my favorite podcasts have been unwitting instructors. Long before the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, I had an opportunity to visit with the gracious host and producer of one such show, “The Classical Ideas Podcast.” 

I don’t know how you discover new podcasts, but I typically find new shows when I search for specific topics, and the day that I landed on Greg Soden’s show, I was searching for conversations about one of my favorite wisdom books, “The Tao Te Ching." As it turns out, it’s one of Greg’s favorite books as well. I listened to that episode, and then another, and then another, and before long I was a devoted listener, subscriber, and Patreon supporter.

Through the course of Greg’s show, I feel like I got to know him and his interests as he would interview his diverse range of guests across the spectrum of religion and philosophy. It’s strange how that happens, how in the course of interviewing others there is a transference of small details that accumulate over time, creating a wonderfully rich portrait of the host.

That’s how I came to learn many of the details of Greg Soden’s journey to “The Classical Ideas Podcast,” which was born during his time as the language arts and religious studies teacher in Columbia, Missouri. Greg is now a teacher and assistant trainer for the University of Missouri College of Education’s K-12 program, and he is still bringing us new episodes of “The Classical Ideas Podcast,” where he shares his wide-spectrum conversations.

He’s brought us colorful and interesting interviews, such as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson, and the daughters of famous Zen philosopher Allen Watts. “The Classical Ideas Podcast” has brought us conversations about indigenous religion, Unitarian Universalism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sufism, the Tao Te Ching, the Bhagavad Gita, St. Francis of Assisi, Evangelical Christianity, the Baha’i, Nordic studies, and many, many more.

I felt that Greg and I had an instant rapport, and I hope you will sense this during our visit. I’m grateful for his time, and for the good work, he is doing to help anyone seeking multicultural and interfaith knowledge to find it.

I believe this with all my heart; this world will always need beings like Greg Soden.

Now, it’s time to tune your brainwaves to this Good New Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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