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Old news. Bad news. Fake news. Sometimes you want to shut down and get no news at all! I aim to change that by focusing on good people doing good works. I visit with artists, educators, civic & spiritual leaders, musicians, business owners, students, volunteers, and everyday citizens who are using their creativity, resources, and talents to bring hope, happiness, and goodness to their corner of the world.

Old news. Bad news. Fake news. Sometimes you want to shut down and get no news at all! I aim to change that by focusing on good people doing good works. I visit with artists, educators, civic & spiritual leaders, musicians, business owners, students, volunteers, and everyday citizens who are using their creativity, resources, and talents to bring hope, happiness, and goodness to their corner of the world.
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Old news. Bad news. Fake news. Sometimes you want to shut down and get no news at all! I aim to change that by focusing on good people doing good works. I visit with artists, educators, civic & spiritual leaders, musicians, business owners, students, volunteers, and everyday citizens who are using their creativity, resources, and talents to bring hope, happiness, and goodness to their corner of the world.

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English

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(802) 459-1668


Episodes

Ep. 35 - The Aha! Moment Ft. Devin Morgan - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

4/17/2019
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Time slipped away when I visited with Devin Morgan, the director of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. Devin admitted right out the gate that he was a little nervous about coming in for his visit on Find the Good News as he doesn't really care to be a front-facing spokesperson. If he was nervous, I only knew from his admission, because he was straightforward and even to speak with, and for a person that doesn’t care for the spotlight, he settles into it quite quickly. Devin Morgan is the kind of...

Duration:04:06:59

Ep. 34 - The Beat Goes On Ft. Jeremy Boudreaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

4/10/2019
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Find the Good News has been a healthy mix of people I know, people I don’t, and a lot of good people that I’ve been indirectly connected to through my friendships with others. This show has been an experiment. What happens when you ask this simple question; where are the good people? When you put that signal out there, you get a signal back, and that’s how I met local musician, music teacher, and business owner, Jeremy Boudreaux. Jeremy and I connected online, through a friend-of-a-friend,...

Duration:02:12:50

Ep. 33 - The Mentor Ft. Aleta Barnes - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

4/3/2019
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I don’t think it would be very hard to Find the Good News in this world if every young person could have a teacher like the one I had between 1990 and 1992. I imagine that many, many students who had this special lady as a mentor would tell a similar story about how she taught them a lesson that they still use today, or that she showed them a side of themselves that they didn’t know they had. Perhaps she encouraged them to do something they didn’t think they could do, pushed them to get...

Duration:01:54:20

Ep. 32 - The Wax Apple Ft. Diana Vallette - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

3/27/2019
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I don’t think Diana Vallette knew that she was one of the many inspirations behind Find the Good News. How could she? We’d never met face-to-face, and we didn’t really know each other all that well. I’d been watching Diana’s activity online for quite a while before asking her to visit with me, and I was intrigued by the person so willing to share her spiritual journey. Who was this Catholic mother that was making these really personal videos, sharing her inner thoughts, questions, concerns,...

Duration:02:52:00

Ep. 31 - The Windblown Seed Ft. Adley Cormier - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

3/20/2019
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I had no idea what was in store for me the day that local historian and author of “Lost Lake Charles" Adley Cormier sat down in my vehicle to do a ride along as part of a historic tour project in Lake Charles, Louisiana. At every stop, corner, street, and ally, Adley had some information or intimate knowledge. I was fascinated by how quickly he could reveal the history of seemingly insignificant places and landmarks, pointing out interesting and forgotten details the brought me back in time....

Duration:02:18:51

Ep. 30 - The Naturalist Ft. Irvin Louque - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

3/13/2019
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Irvin Louque, the Tuten Park Programs Manager for the City of Lake Charles, came by and visited me on Find the Good News. Through his job as Programs Manager, Irvin has an opportunity to impact and educate the community on exactly how important it is to kindly consider and engage the natural world with care. After talking with Irvin, I’ve learned that I need to change my language, because there is no "natural world" over there, around the corner, or in some faraway place that we have to...

Duration:02:04:15

Ep. 29 - The Elemental Fusion Ft. Carl & Chelsea Boudreaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

3/6/2019
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Carl & Chelsea Boudreaux—the owners of the Yoga Center in Lake Charles and Stellar Beans Coffee House and Edibles—came in for a visit on Find the Good News. The three of us used to orbit some of the same friend-groups in high school. For as much as you think you know about people, there’s an ever-unfolding amount that you don’t. This was especially true for me regarding this couple. It had been over 20 years since I’d spoken to Carl or Chelsea, and as it turns out, we had a lot in common...

Duration:01:40:53

Ep. 28 - The Short End of the Stick Ft. Laura Grantham Broussard - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

2/27/2019
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Sometimes to talk about good things we need to talk about bad things. We have to go into the darkness of the cave, but make sure we’re lighting lanterns along the way. Laura Grantham Broussard sat down with me for a visit on Find the Good News, and our conversation was a bit like that. Laura caught my eye online because she was one of the few voices ringing out in our area taking an active position of compassion and mercy for immigrants and asylum seekers. She’s one of the one’s lighting...

Duration:01:57:02

Ep. 27 - The Sugar Bowl Ft. Brook Hanemann - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

2/20/2019
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Brook Hanemann, the director of Banners at McNeese State University, agreed to visit with me on Find the Good News. Like other guests, I knew very little about her before our conversation. Also, like other guests, it was an absolute pleasure to get to know her. There’s something thoughtful and poetic in the way Brook speaks. She often closed her eyes when she would recount stories of her youth, and her descriptions of her childhood haunts were sweet, dripping with heavenly honey. I could...

Duration:02:22:55

Ep. 26 - The Golden Seam Ft. Matt Young - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

2/13/2019
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There are people in our lives that everyone knows, and that everyone holds in high regard. That respect often comes from the actions and good works of those individuals. Sometimes it’s their good nature that places them in such high regard. More often, it’s some combination of both. I’m always looking to meet them, these people who bind good works with their good nature, and share their heart and soul with you on Find the Good News. Matt Young, the director of 1911 Historic City Hall Arts...

Duration:01:34:44

Ep. 25 - The Secret Sauce Ft. John O'Donnell - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

2/6/2019
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When I started Find the Good News I couldn’t have predicted the effect it would have on me. Each and every guest has left an impact. This is the absolute truth; I think about each one of them in some small way each day. John O’Donnell, the man I visit with in episode 25, doesn’t break that stride. In fact, John's eagerness to serve and willingness to lead has only motivated me to continue seeking out good people in this community and beyond, bringing their personal stories to you. Whether...

Duration:01:39:38

Ep. 24 - The Ascension Ft. Meagan Green - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

1/30/2019
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Someone asked me how I go about finding good people, and determining whether or not they have good news to share. When I set out to Find the Good News I honestly just open a door, make an invitation, and give a person a safe and honest space to share what’s in their heart and mind, to share their story. It’s not hard to find the good in a person when those elements are in place. Sometimes, even if those elements aren’t in place you meet people that just give off a good vibe, that has an...

Duration:02:01:14

Ep. 23 - The Way She Sees It Ft. Heather Arsement - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

1/23/2019
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The lovely thing about Find the Good News is seeing one guest lead directly to next. Each visit I get to catch a special glimmer in the eyes of the person across from me, and I know that means they’ve had that “aha” moment—they want to tell me about someone good in their life. That’s exactly how I came to connect with conceptual photographer Heather Arsement, through that golden thread that links one guest to the other. I like the magical idea of this unseen thread, and it’s especially...

Duration:02:04:25

Ep. 22 - The Call To Care Ft. Jody Farnum - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

1/16/2019
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I’ve always found it hard to ignore the suffering and strife of my fellow man, and during the times in my life when I actually could stiffen my neck and avert my eyes, I’ve been filled with something that I can only call shame. I’ve been guilty of looking around the world, seeing people in difficult times, and like many, I’ve said, “Somebody should do something about that,” only to continue about the business of me. As it turns out, people are doing something and they’ve been doing it in my...

Duration:01:56:17

Ep. 21 - The Music Box Ft. Paul Gonsoulin, M.A. PLPC - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

1/9/2019
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Before Paul arrived to visit me on Find the Good News I could not have imagined the quality of the conversation we would have, nor the variety of things we would have to talk about. I met Paul years ago while volunteering time with the Southwest Louisiana Arts Council, and while we had a friendly rapport, I wouldn’t have said we were good friends. We were more like friendly acquaintances. It’s amazing how serious listening and good conversation can change things. It had been years since I’d...

Duration:02:33:47

Ep. 20 - The Umbrella Spoke Ft. Thom Trahan - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

1/2/2019
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What happens when the right person is placed in the right position to do the right job at the right time in history? For me, there’s no guesswork involved in answering that question. I don’t have to wonder about it. I only have to look right here in my hometown of Sulphur, Louisiana to see what that looks like, to see history unfolding. In fact, I only have to look a few minutes down the road to a little office at the Brimstone Museum to Find the Good News. That’s where my dear friend Thom...

Duration:02:06:48

Ep. 19 - The Pants Fee Ft. Danny Allain - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

12/26/2018
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What is good news? I’ve asked that question a lot since I started this show. What I’ve discovered is that good news wears an infinite number of masks, and on this episode of Find the Good News I learn that one of its secret identities is Danny Allain. There was something different about this strange visitor from another city, with artistic abilities far beyond those of mortal men. What was so different about this conversation with Danny? What was his good news? Listen for just a bit and I...

Duration:01:57:27

Ep. 18 - The Inside Out Ft. Lyd Walls - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

12/19/2018
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There is something soothing about loose strokes and abstract, flowing colors on canvas, and that comfort is what I found myself settling into when I looked at the nude paintings of Lyd Walls. This art was being born from somewhere. I was curious, so I invited Lyd to visit with me on Find the Good News. One of my greatest pleasures in life is getting to know the back story of a person, the beyond-beyond of a thing, lifting the rock and getting to visit the places where the roly polys play....

Duration:01:57:32

Ep. 17 - The Butisattva Ft. Elizabeth McDaniel - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

12/12/2018
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Buti Yoga. This was something I’d never heard of, nor seen before, but when I did, four words came to mind; refreshing, energy, joy, and freedom. This was something I really felt Find the Good News listeners would enjoy. After visiting with Elizabeth McDaniel—the founder and teacher at Buti Yoga in Lake Charles, Louisiana—I can easily use the same four words to describe her. Like most people, there was so much more to discover about Elizabeth than what I knew before she came to the Good News...

Duration:01:33:14

Ep. 16 - The Awakening Ft. Heather Boston - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

12/5/2018
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I can’t really pinpoint where I was first exposed to Heather Boston’s artwork, but what I do remember is stopping each time to look at her creative works. The art itself gave me much to think about, but it was Heather’s reflections and revelations shared through her art that really gave me pause, so I reached out to see if she’d come and visit me on Find the Good News. Just like her artwork, there are layers and layers that unfold in Heather. Within minutes we were diving off a cliff into...

Duration:02:20:48