Collective Breath – Episode 18 – 11/8/20 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, November 8th, 2020

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


I’ve just received word from the Jeopardy Twitter account that long time host Alex Trebek has left this plane of existence. Rest In Peace Alex. Thank you for always reminding me to phrase my answers in the form of a question, as a truly wise man always has more questions than answers, and is ready to listen. I salute you, a warrior for education and seekers of knowledge everywhere.

Any Scoring Play

We now have a call on the field though the call is under review,

a nation moving forward in shock and awe, uncertain what to do,

trying to close the curtain on the hurt in the world with an early setting sun,

laying our heads to bed at rest knowing the work is never done.

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.

Starting later this week running Thursday November 12th – Sunday November 15th is the 9th Annual Biggest Little Theatre and New Works Festival which will be broadcasting LIVE from the Bruka Theatre of the Sierra each night starting at 8pm over the internet by way of Ghost Light TV, a YouTube channel collaboration between Bruka, Good Luck Macbeth and Reno Little Theatre. See Facebook for more event details.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

This week’s Prompt : Write a letter or poem to someone who has dearly departed

For my own individual work I tried to take several unique spins on the topic provided in order to encourage others to think outside of the box within the realm of their own creative writing.

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:(7)

“People you love never die. That is what Omai had said, all those years ago. And he was right. They don’t die. Not completely. They live in your mind, the way they always lived inside you. You keep their light alive. If you remember them well enough, they can still guide you, like the shine of long-extinguished stars could guide ships in unfamiliar waters.”

— Matt Haig, How to Stop Time

“Deep down inside we always seek for our departed loved ones”

— Munia Khan

“Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude.”

— Anne Frank

“If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character… Would you slow down? Or speed up?”

— Chuck Palahniuk

“After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.”

— 1 Timothy 6:7

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

— Steve Jobs

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

— Mitch Albom

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: (3)

Haiku (俳句,

listen (help·info)) is a type of short form poetry originally from Japan. Traditional Japanese haiku consist of three phrases that contain a kireji, or “cutting word”,[1] 17 on (a type of Japanese phoneme) in a 5, 7, 5 pattern,[2] and a kigo, or seasonal reference. However, modern haiku vary widely on how closely they follow these traditional elements.

Haiku by Matsuo Bashō reading “Quietly, quietly, / yellow mountain roses fall – / sound of the rapids”.

Haiku originated as an opening part of a larger Japanese poem called renga. These haiku written as an opening stanza were known as hokku and over time writers began to write them as their own stand-alone poems. Haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.[3]

— Source: Wikipedia

Heralding Holding Haikus (7)



For further personal reading

I humbly encourage you check out all of the beautiful work being done by my dear old college friend Ned Buskirk at his organization

You’re Going To Die


— Sourced from their own website at

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: Respond to the phrase ‘Good Grief’

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

Closing Poem: Our Garden

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

My Frictionless Benediction

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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