Collective Breath – Episode 38 – 3/28/21 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, March 28th, 2021

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1. serving to form something, especially having a profound and lasting influences on a person’s development. “His formative years.”


1. a formative element.

Definitions taken from Oxford Languages

Oxford Languages and Google – English

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.

“Maybe deep down inside we were all still in our formative years. Maybe it was never too late for any of us to change.”

Claire Cook

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.

In Common

No one seems to care about the common folk

cept they themselves who laugh a lot and joke.

Common in that they’re not famous, not wealthy, nor particularly rich, folk in that they’d wish to remain nameless, they’re healthy, with no elevator pitch. Some have a savings, some satiate on spectacular cravings, some wish to bring back slaving, over a hot stove day after day after day, cept they themselves who laugh a lot and pray.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

This week’s Prompt : Write about a formative experience from your childhood.

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

— Carl Gustav Jung

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)

“We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.”

— T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”

— Stephen King

“Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.”

— Jean-Paul Sartre

“Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it…Don’t allow his anger to become your anger.”

— Bohdi Sanders, Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

“Life is a tapestry woven by the decisions we make.”

— Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kiss of the Night (Dark-Hunter, #4)

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: (1)

Black Out

For further personal reading

Formative Quotes

Quotes and Sayings

Formative Experience Quotes Blog

Global Supply Chains

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 following picture…

The large container ship Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal, causing a traffic jam for cargo vessels.


Closing Sentiments and an Invitation


Sometimes I get the chance

to be a fly on the wall

or a flower

at a banquet of bounty

a feast for the mind

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 Bruka Theatre Facebook Event Page for ‘Collective Breath’. The link to watch previous episodes is in the bio section of the Collective Breath Instagram page @biggestlittlecollectivebreath


If I always go for low or no maintenance

there’s no way I’ll grow patience in relations.

‘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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