COLLECTIVE BREATH – Week of Sunday, July 12th, 2020

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Introduction:

A transcript of this segment and each subsequent session will be posted (for anyone interested) at http://www.sidewayseight.co which is my main outlet for personal poetry and photography: Sideways Eight Projects.

Hello fantastic people! My name is Jesse James Ziegler. I am the current Poet in Residence for the Bruka Theatre of the Sierra in Reno, Nevada. I am an active poet, special event MC, principle photographer, and now weekly wellness writing workshop host in collaboration with Spoken Views Collective of which I am also a Board Member.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

This week’s Prompt comes from a line in the song ‘The Schuyler Sisters’ from Hamilton. I’ve been thinking about the word luck more often since Hamilton dropped into the realm of Disney+ on July 3rd. Not because I feel its success as a production was a lucky level of achievement. Because of the line “Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” It got me to thinking quite a bit about right now. What’s going on right now.

I want for this podcast style personal portion to contain information about famous writers and their quotes as well as, futuristically speaking, local guests to this program who help everyone involved gain a diversity of perspective and positively impact our individual process. As such, in thinking about the word luck and the Hamilton line which was this weeks writing Prompt, I came across a quote by Alice Hoffman.

Quote of the Week:

“Alice Hoffman is an American novelist and young-adult and children’s writer, best known for her 1995 novel Practical Magic, which was adapted for a 1998 film of the same name. Many of her works fall into the genre of magic realism and contain elements of magic, irony, and non-standard romances and relationships.” Wikipedia

If magical realism is a genre you’re interested in, I highly recommend the Author Haruki Murakami from Japan. The quote though…

“Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective.”

– Alice Hoffman

I’m hoping this sharing and vulnerability I’m demonstrating will encourage others who love creative writing as well to open up, by sharing from their innermost, related to the topic provided. I’m hoping we all gain perspective, compassion, hope, and discipline through such organized sharing.

Piece or Pieces of the Week: (1)

Barricades in our Hearts

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms.

Amidst perceived chaos, What is the optimal move?

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

That’s it for my personal portion. If this is where you get off this train of thought, because you checked in to listen, thank you for tuning in and absorbing. I appreciate your time and consideration. If you are here for the Weekly Wellness Writing Workshop group portion via Zoom Meeting, please transition to that application now using the link provided in the ‘Collective Breath’ Facebook Event Page.

Keep writing. Keep your heart open and your mind aware. Keep coming back for more. Keep going. Keep doing. Keep loving and creating. Keep each other safe and sound. Keep it real, and keep the faith. I love you. Goodbye for now.

About SIDEWAYS EIGHT

Being heard, stirred, and perhaps cured by life's many hidden images and the written-spoken word.
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