Collective Breath – 8/30/20

COLLECTIVE BREATH – Week of Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


Maya Angelou

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

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.

Without going any further, I must pay my respects to Chadwick Bozeman, a true performance artist, perhaps most notably of Black Panther stardom. According to Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has become the top-grossing superhero film of all time in North America, not accounting for inflation. Breaking many color barriers in the process.

I remember him (Chadwick) having the grit and grace to face the challenge of playing Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film ‘42’. Jackie Robinson’s contract with the then Brooklyn Dodgers broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, and fittingly, Chadwick passed away on Jackie Robinson Day in MLB. Rest In Peace. Rest in Power. Segway enough for this week we’re talking about color on the program.

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 your favorite color, and why?

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.

According to the website associated with the National Museum of American History Behring Center in an article entitled…

The Technicolor world of Oz

By Ryan Lintelman, June 7, 2010

“People often say that the thing they remember most about The Wizard of Oz is its bright, vibrant color. The yellow brick road, the ruby slippers, and Emerald City are so richly saturated with color on screen that it’s hard to imagine the film without it! Contrary to a common misconception, Oz was not the first film made in color, but it was one of the first to prove that color could add fantasy and draw audiences to theaters, despite its release during the Great Depression.”

Since there are several parallels to be drawn between the Great Depression and now, I have an opening poem to share which is not particularly related to this weeks writing prompt, rather particularly related to these times…

A single poem in three parts read entirely through, as written and intended…

For the child born today (1of3)

Quote(s) of the Week:(5)

Coco Chanel

“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”

Paul Cézanne

“We live in a rainbow of chaos.”

Henri Matisse

“Color helps to express light—not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist’s brain.”

Frida Khalo

“I’ll try out the pencils sharpened to the point of infinity which always sees ahead”

Vincent van Gogh

“Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before me, I make more arbitrary use of color to express myself more forcefully… To express the love of two lovers by the marriage of two complementary colors… To express the thought of a brow by the radiance of a light tone against a dark background. To express hope by some star. Someone’s passion by the radiance of the setting sun.”

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: (2/3)

Outpouring (inspired by color in general)

Purple (answering the question in the prompt)

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: Respond to the two word phrase ‘True Power’

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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