Collective Breath – Episode 45 – 5/16/21 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


“Look at the stars

Look how they shine for you

And everything you do

Yeah, they were all yellow

I came along

I wrote a song for you

And all the things you do

And it was called Yellow”

— ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay

Songwriters: C. Martin / J. Buckland / W. Champion / G. Berryman

“Yellow usually means it’s not that serious.”

– Bobby Unser

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.

“Yellow is the perceived color of sunshine. It is associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.”

– Marcia Moses

This week’s SURPRISE SPECIAL GUEST is home to all of those concepts and more. He’s also the lovely human being who married my wife and I, and wrote the original play ‘Last Call at the Old Southwest’ in which she and I first met. As such Christopher Daniels is and always will be chosen family.

Chris please let the audience know a little about your involvement and investment in the community that is the Biggest Little City in the World.

(Chris’ authentic response)

Interview questions…

1. What do you think of when I mention the word YELLOW?

2. What are you presently working on within yourself which will bring about individual healing and growth as well as community healing and growth?

3. What are your not-too-distant-future creative goals?

Thanks for joining me serendipitously and spontaneously Christopher Daniels

Bye friend.

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’m a member of the Sierra Literary Cooperative and the spoken word/poetry contributor to Reno Arts News. 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 the color Yellow

Yellow says many different things to many different people, safety to some, caution to others, but it will not be ignored. It strikes a cord, and resonates somehow, either with dissonance or providing light and warmth.

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)

“In the world of safe hues, like black, red and white, yellow shouts: ‘Look at me. I’m happy!’” – Joy Sewing

“The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes, or dark lake with the treble.”

– Wassily Kandinsky

“Yellow is the brightest and lightest of all colors, and this brilliance is its most noticeable characteristic, which accounts for the way it is used practically and thought of symbolically.” – Michael Freeman

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

– Pablo Picasso

“Yellow is my favorite, but what is yellow? Handmaiden to white, it is a slight tarnish of pure light. Take away a bit of white’s absolute luminosity, and what remains is yellow — sunlike, golden as a crown, buttercups in a field, marsh marigolds, a finch’s wing, a plastic flute.”

– Richard Grossinger

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)

What you wish to share

These yellow experiences


For further personal reading/listening/viewing

For those of you with access to Spotify and other listening platforms,

a lovely recommendation to me from an amazing poet, brilliant beats maker, spoken word and Hip Hop artist, founder of Spoken Views Collective, local educator, and my friend Iain Watson…

Inquire Within with INQ

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

I took the recommendation and first listened to the episode pertaining to Atticus.

I owe next weeks writing prompt to that episode.

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: Write in response to the phrase ‘We all wear masks’

Shout Outs

Spoken Views Collective

Bruka Theatre

Christopher Daniels

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

“I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don’t know where it’s going to lead me, but I follow it.”

– Grace Jones

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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