Collective Breath – Episode 30 – 1/31/21 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, January 31st, 2021

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


“You made me promises, promises

Knowing I’d believe

Promises, promises

You knew you’d never keep”

— ‘Promises, Promises’ – Naked Eyes

“Sometimes people don’t understand

the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.

Isaac shot me a look. “Right, of course.

But you keep the promise anyway. That’s

what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway. Don’t you believe in true love?”

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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.

“In a world where vows are worthless.Where making a pledge means nothing. Where promises are made to be broken, it would be nice to see words come back into power.”

— Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

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.

“Never break a promise to an animal. They’re like babies—they won’t understand.”

— Tamora Pierce, Wild Magic (Immortals, #1)

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

This week’s Prompt : write in response to the singular word ‘Promises’

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:(3)

“In the first place, you shouldn’t believe in promises. The world is full of them: the promises of riches, of eternal salvation, of infinite love. Some people think they can promise anything, others accept whatever seems to guarantee better days ahead, as, I suspect is your case. Those who make promises they don’t keep end up powerless and frustrated, and exactly the fate awaits those who believe promises.”

— Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym (On the Seventh Day, #3)

“A graceful refusal is better than a lengthy promise.”

— Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

“Tomorrow. The word hangs in the air for a moment, both a promise and a threat. Then it floats away like a paper boat, taken from her by the water licking at her ankles.”

— Thrity Umrigar, The Space Between Us

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: (6)

Book Face


Heavy (co-written with Amanda McHenry)

From Forth


Also the Toast

For further personal reading (3)

35 Promise Quotes

to help you keep your word

Promises Proverbs

Pinky Promise

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: Write in response to the phrase ‘Ignorance is Bliss’

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

“Some things you don’t have to promise. You just do.”

— Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

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

“Promises are only as strong as the person who gives them …”

— Stephen Richards

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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