Collective Breath – Episode 41 – 4/18/21 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, April 18th, 2021

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


“Home is where one starts from.” –T.S. Eliot

Most Sundays, I’m literally broadcasting from my own home. Other Sundays I’m broadcasting from a place, in some way shape or form which imbues me with a sense of home.

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.

“At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”

— Warsan Shire

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 about someone or somewhere that feels like home to you.

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:(2)

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

— Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

“So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”

— Herman Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

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)

Missing You



For further personal reading/listening/viewing

Quotes About Home

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

For episode 42 I will be having a second guest to Collective Breath. Victor Uriz, a local musician and spoken word artist will be discussing and sharing in regards to the co-created writing prompt…

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms:

Write in response to the following question:

What do you think about feeling and filling the silence?

Shout Outs

Later today I’ll be hosting the Spoken Views Collective event ‘Kindling’ which is an intimate gathering of artists across various medium right here in the Biggest Little City.


Next Wednesday, April 21st, Spoken Views Collective is collaborating with the Washoe County Library system for the event ‘From Pen to Performance: Exploring Spoken Word Poetry with Spoken Views Collective’


At the end of the month, Thursday April 29th, 2021 Spoken Views Collective is honoring April as both National Poetry month and Sexual Assault Awareness month with the crossover event ‘Assault’


Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

I hope you are feeling at home on this beautiful Sunday. I hope these segments give you a feeling of home as well.

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

‘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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