Collective Breath – Episode 22 – 12/6/20 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, December 6th, 2020

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Happy Sunday, December 6th, 2020 Today is St. Erma’s birthday, my beloved mother-in-law. Happy Birthday St. Erma! It is also the 22nd episode of Collective Breath which is the day of the month which coincides with Amanda ( my wife’s ) birthday in September as well as our mutual friend who married us, Christopher Daniels in May. We have 10 quotes, 4 suggested readings, 3 original pieces of poetry, and a partridge in a a pear tree to get to this morning, so let’s get this party started.

“Celebrate your journey of life.”

— Lailah Gifty Akita

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.

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.”

— Plautus

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 : Respond to the two word phrase ‘Happy birthday!’

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)

“A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.”

— Amit Kalantri

“If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d like to do is to save every day.”

— Jim Croce

“Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.”

— Lauren Hutton

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

— John Lennon

“People give one another things that can’t be gift wrapped.”

— Nadine Gordimer

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”

— Voltaire

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.”

— Brian Tracy

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)

Just out of reach, within bounds

Another Revolution


For further personal reading

143 Happy Birthday Quotes for Everyone in Your Life

Happy Birthday! 150 Birthday Quotes to Celebrate Someone’s Special Day

Who are the Most Famous People Born on My Birthday?


27 Ideas To Celebrate Your Birthday At Home

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: Write on the topic of ‘holiday spirit’

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

“Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.”

— Aretha Franklin

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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