Collective Breath – 8/23/20

COLLECTIVE BREATH – Week of Sunday, August 23rd, 2020

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


“Never change, or do. I’m not your boss.” Troy Barnes (Donald Glover) Greendale Community College in the TV show ‘Community’

A transcript of this segment and each subsequent session will be posted (for anyone interested) at 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, special event series host, 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 : What is the best way to build community?

I asked my dear friend Ole Lafe in Kentucky this question. His answer: “In a word, vulnerability”

This singular word demonstrates the need we have for each other. Happy Interdependence day everyone!


According to an article by David Spinks… ‘The 10-Step Process for Building a Thriving Community from Scratch’

A person only becomes a member of a community when four things happen:

1. The community aligns with their identity

2. They trust that the community will bring them value

3. They know how to participate

4. There is a reward (intrinsic or extrinsic) for their participation


To dig deeper into the realm of the question posed: What is the best way to build community? One can access DenverDweller.Com for a good read entitled ‘31 WAYS TO BUILD COMMUNITY IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD’ Some of my personal faves were “Build a little free library, Build a community garden, and shop locally if you live near a business district.” The article challenges the reader to spend a month building better communities and then expend the necessary energy to maintain them.


The THNK School of Creative Leadership

have “broken down the elements of a community by giving them eight specific design characteristics.”

Collective Intention

Distinctive Identity

A Working Practice

A Safe Place

Soul Feeding Events

Personal Connections

Distributed Roles

Bringing it all Together

—-For more information and detail please visit


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.

Quote(s) of the Week:(6)

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.” – George Bernard Shaw

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it. – Marianne Williamson

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” – Herman Melville

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)

Poetry is a Battleground

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: There’s all sorts of talk about black and blue in the news which got me to thinking. What is your favorite color, and why?

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’ Bruka Theatre 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.






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