Collective Breath – Episode 36 – 3/14/21 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, March 14th, 2021

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


Happy Pi Day! Today is Sunday, March 14th, 2021. We are at 3-14 on the calendar which plays eve to the Ides of March.

“There is a tide in the affairs of men”

— William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

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.

Inevitably searching for information regarding the Ides of March will lead the reader to discover pieces written about loyalty and betrayal.

“You swore you loved me, and laughed and warned me that you would not love me forever.

I did not hear you. You were speaking in a language I did not understand. Never, never, I can conceive of a love which is able to foresee its own termination. Love is its own eternity. Love is in every moment of its being: all time. It is the only glimpse we are permitted of what eternity is. So I did not hear you. The words were nonsense.”

— Thornton Wilder, The Ides of March

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 phrase ‘Beware the Ides of March’

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:(5)

“If you will not die for us, you cannot ask us to die for you.”

— Jacqueline Carey, “Kushiel’s Dart”

“You broke the only rule in politics. You want to be president? You can start a war, you can lie, you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country… but you cant (BOP) the interns. They’ll get you for that.”

— Stephen Meyers (Character in the 2011 film – The Ides of March)

“We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.”

— Cornel West, “Breaking Bread”

“‘[Dumbledore] will only be gone from the school when none here are loyal to him,’ said Harry, smiling in spite of himself.”

J.K. Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

“Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.”

— Hannah Arendt, “The Origins of Totalitarianism”

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)

Remembering My Name

From Afar

New Tide

For further personal reading (3)

10 Historical Events on March 15th

Explanation of Ides

English Class

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 singular word ‘Spring’

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

“This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit, Which gives men stomach to digest his words With better appetite.”

— William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

If you’re willing to keep rudeness in check yet want to polish your good wit, come join us for the group portion.

‘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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