Collective Breath – Episode 34 – 2/28/21 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, February 28th, 2021

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


“What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?

A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy.

Who buys a minute’s mirth to wail a week?

Or sells eternity to get a toy?

For one sweet grape who will the vine destroy?

Or what fond beggar, but to touch the crown,

Would with the sceptre straight be strucken down?”

— William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece

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.

“What you gain here, you lose on the other side.”

— Dejan Stojanovic, The Shape

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 : Hand selected by this week’s special guest, Stephanie Lynn, is “Loss and Gain, It’s a Risk”

I want for this podcast style personal portion to contain information about famous writers and their quotes as well as, today, a local guest to this program who will help everyone involved gain a diversity of perspective and positively impact our individual processes.

Stephanie Lynn is a new member of Spoken Views Collective after relocating from Miami Florida. She holds a Law Degree in Spain, is well studied in Culinary Arts, Events and Hospitality, and is a professionally trained Chef. She is also the host of her own personal poetry segment entitled ‘Poetry With Me’ on IGTV through the handle @stephmystic

What were your thoughts and feelings in the cultivation of the writing prompt for the week itself?

Quote(s) of the Week:(1)

“Complaining is a vain way of explaining pain without gaining relief. Keep complains distances away from you.”

— Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

I’m hoping this sharing and vulnerability we’re 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) +1 from Collective Breath’s first ever Special Guest


Pulling Weeds Along the Path

Gathering Dust

To Risk Love

*Steph’s Piece

Interview Questions

1. Who are some of your favorite/most influential poets from past and present?

2. Who are some of your favorite/most influential poems from past and present?

3. What are your creative goals within the next few years?

For further personal reading/viewing

Inspirational Loss and Gain

Loss and Gain

Poetry With Me on IGTV

Hosted Weekly by Stephanie Lynn


Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: Write about the word ‘Green’

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

That’s it for our 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’ (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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