Collective Breath – Episode 35 – 3/7/21 – Transcript

COLLECTIVE BREATH – Episode: 35 ‘Green’

Week of Sunday, March 7th, 2021

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I’ve read that Iceland’s green

and Greenland’s ice,

so I better think twice

about what I mean when I say green.

Though I’ve been to Iceland,

which is nice to be halfway

to seeing my way clean.

I’m gonna be green from my head to my toes

and stay green wherever it goes.

You can be green with envy, have a green thumb, own a company which goes green, be waiting for a green light, or listening to Green Day.

You could’ve ridden the mean green machine big wheel, hit a home run over the green monster, recycled your green waste, or travelled to Green Bay.

You can plant an evergreen, make some green, burn some green, be green in the ways of the world, or thinly slice some green peppers. Green is a go color, and as such, the show must go on.

“You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say.”


Dr. Seuss


Green Eggs and Ham

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.

“I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness, and the willingness to remain vulnerable.”

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

We are not to remain green regarding experience so that we never experience suffering, and we ought not dwell in our suffering without acquiring a green thumb in the garden of our own past, present, and future.

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 : Write in response to the word ‘Green’

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

— L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)

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.

“You can’t change the wind but you can set your sails.”

— Billie Joe Armstrong of the band GREEN DAY

Quote(s) of the Week:(4)

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”

Pedro Calderon de la Barca

“Green is the fresh emblem of well founded hopes. In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can rest.” — Mary Webb

“Green is a process, not a status. We need to think of ‘green’ as a verb, not an adjective.”

— Daniel Goleman

“Beauty, strength, youth, are flowers but fading seen;

Duty, faith, love, are roots, and ever green.”

George Peele

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)

Green Light

Mixed Drink

The Stranger

Missing You Ahead of Time

For further personal reading

Green Quotes


Green Phrases

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 saying ‘Beware the Ides of March’

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

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

“Nature in her green, tranquil woods heals and soothes all afflictions.” — John Muir

‘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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