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Ep. 115 - The Human Story - Ft. Christy Comeaux and Katie Pennington-Bartlett with the Calcasieu Parish Public Library - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 115 - The Human Story - Ft. Christy Comeaux and Katie Pennington-Bartlett with the Calcasieu Parish Public Library - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

June 25, 2021
You’re listening to Find the Good News, Episode 115, “The Human Story,” featuring Christy Comeaux and Katie Pennington-Bartlett of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library
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If you've been listening to Find the Good News for any length of time, I'm sure you've figured out that I, like so many, have an affinity for reading. My dad loved to read pocketbooks and comic books, and I am certain that I can draw a direct line from my love for both of those things to the yellowing pages in his collection of Doc Savage books that now sit on my bookshelf.
 
Reading opened up worlds, seeded my imagination, and stimulated my curiosity at a young age. For all the wonders presented by the information age, I am thankful to have been born into a world decades before laptops, tablets, and smartphones started bending our necks.
 
I recall loving the libraries in our community when I was a child. I would often ride my bicycle into town and make a stop there, library card in hand, looking for instructions for existing hobbies, or chance encounters with new interests.
 
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library in my hometown was a refuge filled with information that nurtured my young mind. Looking back, I feel grateful, and I also realize that I was likely unappreciative of this social staple.

 

In this episode of Find the Good News, I had the pleasure of revisiting many of these experiences in my conversation with Calcasieu Parish Public Library Information Officer, Christy Comeaux, and Calcasieu Parish Public Library Associate II with Branch Programming, Katie Pennington-Bartlett.

 
This conversation put me face-to-face with the level of my ignorance related to all of the offerings and services the modern Calcasieu Parish Public Library provides. Certainly, the public library is, and will always be, a resource for those with an appetite for page-turning, but under the stewardship of passionate librarians, just like Christy and Katie, these repositories of diverse knowledge have become so much more.
 
The library is an ecumenical hub that provides many free resources that some citizens would not have access to otherwise. As you'll learn in this conversation, our libraries are helmed by people that do much more than point citizens in the direction of their desired content; they are staffed by human beings that serve with open minds and listening hearts.
 
I don't know where you live, but if you have a library in your community, I hope the spirit of this conversation with Christy and Katie will move you through its doors or motivate you to seek out its online portal. There, perhaps you'll find, as have, that a library isn't just a home for good books; it is a cradle that carries on the collective stories of humanity, town to town, city to city, one librarian to one curious seeker, all across the world.
 
Now, ask yourself if you've got a current library card. If the answer is no, then take some time to get one. Prepare to meet your local librarian, who I am sure is eagerly waiting to assist you. Before you go, make sure you press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 114 - The Foldover Worlds - Beacon Series Ft. Tayria Ward - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 114 - The Foldover Worlds - Beacon Series Ft. Tayria Ward - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

June 21, 2021
You’re listening to Find the Good News, Episode 114, “The Foldover Worlds,” A Beacon Series conversation featuring Dream Analyst and Depth Psychologist, Tayria Ward.
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I started having potent dreams on repeat when I was a young boy, mindscapes so dense with texture and gravity that it was not unusual for me to question whether the space I found myself in upon awakening wasn't in fact the dream.
 
In my early twenties, these flavorful dreams—called such because I could taste them in my mouth—seemed to intensify, often bringing heavy imagery, charged with some type of misfortune.
 
Still, other dreams—much brighter and lighter in tone—have had an almost vision-like quality, leading my heart and mind to some type of comforting sense of hope.
 
I've spoken of these things on my other podcast, The Dawn Deacon. Over the years I've taken great care to hold these things close and safe, not sharing them openly. I've learned that sharing your dreams in a serious way isn't always taken very seriously, at least within most of the larger rings I've traveled. This started to change last year when I opened the door to this podcast to guests from outside my local community, and this is also how I met my friend, dream analyst, and depth psychologist, Tayria Ward.
 
Tayria and I were in a group related to a book I'd featured on the show. There was quite a large number of people in the group, but Tayria's additions to the conversation were always insightful.
 
One day she shared an image of her father, herself, and Buckminster Fuller. During my early age of exploration and discovery after an awakening experience, I'd landed in a sphere of curiosity surrounding Buckminster Fuller; his story fascinated me. The photo of Tayria with her father and Bucky breathed life into my old interest, so I reached out to her. We became fast friends through this node, and have stayed in a type of orbit since, eventually become letter-and-stamp pen pals, a form of communication that, thanks to Tayria's rich letters, I am learning to cherish all over again.
 
Tayria's journey is as rich and textured as my young dreams, filled with the promise that there is more connective tissue between our slumbering minds and what most call the real world. What I admire most about Tayria is her willingness to kindly walk with others along the vastness of their dreamscapes, acting as a type of dream sherpa, bringing all her experience to each space or plateau.
 
To me, she seems to stands on many layers at once, with an ability to perceive the overlapping slides between individuals and their personal dreams, as well as their experiences, looking for collective and synchronistic lock-ups that may hold greater meaning for everyone on earth.
 
While our visit is about the layered worlds of visions and dreams, it is also grounded in very real experiences that play out in our dusty, ordinary lives. As you listen to my conversations with Tayria, I feel strongly that you will sense that firm tether to this realm of the real, and that you will find a great treasure, as I have, in getting to know Tayria Ward.
 
Now, I invite you to find a fluid, flexible space that allows you to sink your consciousness a bit deeper than the solid footing near the shallows, allowing shifting mind-sand and heart-waves to make you question the direction gravity plays on your body, then tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 113 - The Recovery Defense - Ft. Scotty Higginbotham - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 113 - The Recovery Defense - Ft. Scotty Higginbotham - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

June 17, 2021
You’re listening to Find the Good News, Episode 113, “The Recovery Defense,” featuring Scotty Higginbotham, Business Development Outreach Coordinator with American Addiction Centers
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One of the great gifts that the Find the Good News podcast has given me is a platform to reconnect with people. We all meet people in our lives through businesses, groups, events, and other gatherings, and if you're like me you may never get that opportunity to connect again outside of those collectives.
 
Find the Good News has opened old doors and made seats at the table of conversation, and I feel lucky to have this resource to reconnect in a meaningful way. My guest in episode 113 —Scotty Higginbotham, the Business Development Outreach Coordinator for American Addiction Centers—is one of those people.
 
It had been almost a decade since I'd met Scotty and almost as long since we'd spoken. At first blush, his job title and professional affiliation indicated that he was the type of guest that listeners would appreciate. What I discovered in taking this conversational journey is that the path he has tread to his role with American Addiction Centers was not without his own addiction challenges and ongoing recovery practices.
 
What Scotty shares is honest and undiluted, a true portrait of what addiction looks like, how it affects human beings on the ground, those that love them, and the true face of those that meet our brothers and sisters, offering a hopeful hand in what is often their greatest moment of despair. He tells his story without pruning the details, leaving the thistles and thorns that sting. In my opinion, he must tell it this way so others, those he helps through his role, understand that he sees them because he has been them.
 
This visit is a reminder for me that there are people, like Scotty, who are on call and ready to help those in the stranglehold of addiction, no questions asked.
 
Now, take some time to really let your heart and mind consider the power addiction has over so many of those we all love, remembering that even in their darkest moments there are helpers in recovery that are reaching out, then press play on a little good news.

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CONTACT SCOTTY HIGGINBOTHAM  — 337-352-1527

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Ep. 112 - The Fist Switch - Beacon Series Ft. Paula Lazarz - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 112 - The Fist Switch - Beacon Series Ft. Paula Lazarz - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

June 10, 2021
You’re listening to Find the Good News, Episode 112, “The Fist Switch,” A Beacon Series conversation featuring Paula Lazarz,  Shaolin martial artist, Soto Zen Buddhist priest, and head instructor at Healthkick Kung Fu in Chicago, Illinois.
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For most of my adult life, I've been looking for fixed truths, constants that can be identified over and again, no matter the unique circumstances and shifting forces in play. What I've found on this search is that the only fixed constant is that there really is no solid truth. Reality is made up of bumps, cracks, twists, and bends, and when all those nuanced layers come together we feel we've found a truth, or a way. If we sit with that perception long enough, we might be blessed to see that fixed thing dissolve or change before our very eyes.
 
I share this perspective because it feels very much linked to the conversation I had with Shaolin martial artist and Soto Zen Buddhist priest, Paula Lazarz. Paula Lazarz is the lead instructor of Healthkick Kung Fu in Chicago, Illinois, a school that has been teaching the traditional arts of the Shaolin Temple to children and adults for over two decades.
 
As someone that claims to practice Buddhism to some degree, I have been fascinated by the juxtaposition of the physicality of Shaolin Kung Fu with the seemingly docile meditation practices encouraged by most schools of Buddhism. In our conversation, Paula provides useful, grounded insight into how these two dance together.
 
The truth is, she helped me better understand the relationship between the two, and make peace with my personal struggles of using firmness or force situationally. I left this conversation with a better grasp on how to wield the elements of passivity within me situationally, realizing that those gentle features are not always the right tools for a given moment.
 
She reminded me that circumstances are always shifting and that it is very important to have eyes to see the changes, and diverse practices at the ready for whatever may arise.
 
Now, I invite you to listen to a Shaolin teacher with a true gift for bringing insightful and powerful practices down to earth, then tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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