Collective Breath – Episode 17 – 11/1/20 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


Happy Daylight Savings! Because 2020 needed another full hour. We’re rounding the corner in an Oval Office with padded walls.

“Everything Must Go is a 2010 American black comedy-drama film directed by Dan Rush and starring Will Ferrell. The film was based on Raymond Carver‘s 1978 short storyWhy Don’t You Dance?” and was released in theaters on May 13, 2011.

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Voice on tape:

Rule number 1, know your products. Okay, whether it’s a PC or a piece of paper, know how it works. Number 2. Know your customers. Learn everything you can about them. Listen to what they want, and what they don’t want. Rule number 3. Go the extra yard, okay? If you don’t have the answer, find it. It’s that simple. Okay, let’s go get those numbers out there.”

—Source Wikipedia

I’ve adapted these sales rules into writing rules if you will. Rule 1, Know your stories. Rule 2, Know your audience. Rule 3, read as much as you possibly can and share your personal voice. In so doing, you will go the extra mile.

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.

Two weeks from today I’ll be continuing my role as a special event series host in contribution to Bruka Theatre’s 9th Annual ‘Biggest Little Theatre and New Works Festival’ our Poets Of the Caribbean series continues with the next chapter ‘Yard Sale’ on Sunday, November 15th, at 8pm to close out the festival which runs across the evenings from Thursday November 12th through Sunday November 15th. For Poets of the Caribbean – Yard Sale we’ll be expanding upon this week’s writing prompt and theme.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

This week’s Prompt : Respond to the phrase “Everything must go”

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:(5)

“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”

— Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”

— Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories.”

— Haruki Murakami

“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” — Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth)

This week also saw the passing of one of the all time greats. Sir Sean Connery left this plane of existence from Nassau, the Bahamas at the age of 90 years, yesterday morning on Halloween. We must let go of the greatest Bond.

“Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.”

— On life while in character as James Bond in Goldfinger

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: ( 4 )

Out for a Drive

Love’s Rainy Day

Breaking Down


For further personal reading

Everything Must Go: A Peek into the Symbolic Structure of the Joker Movie

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

In writing for next week we’re considering two inspirations. One was today’s theme of ‘everything must go’ , and two a celebration honored today…

“The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere associated with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died. It is commonly portrayed as a day of celebration rather than mourning.[1] Mexican academics are divided on whether the festivity has indigenous pre-hispanic roots or whether it is a 20th-century rebranded version of a Spanish tradition developed by the presidency of Lazaro Cardenas to encourage Mexican nationalism through an “Aztec” identity.[2][3] The festivity has become a national symbol and as such is taught in the nation’s school system, typically asserting a native origin.[4] In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.[5] “ — Wikipedia

As such, next week’s writing prompt, Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: Write a letter or poem to someone dearly departed.

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

To find out more information about the 9th Annual Biggest Little Theatre and New Works Festival please visit Remember it’s coming up in two weeks. All four shows will be accessible for free, running virtually starting at 8pm each night from Thursday November 12th through Sunday November 15th on the YouTube channel GhostLightTV, where you can also view all of the previous episodes of Collective Breath.

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 details/description section of the ‘Collective Breath’ Bruka Theatre Facebook Event Page. The link is also in the bio section of the Collective Breath Instagram page @biggestlittlecollectivebreath

Keep writing. Keep your heart open and your mind aware. Keep coming back for more. Keep going. Keep giving. Keep doing. Keep daring to believe in a better way of living. 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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