Monday, August 20, 2012

The Rare Move

I would like to thank all the people who have followed this blog.  You may never fully understand what you mean to me.  But I've decided to switch platforms for now, from Blogger to Wordpress.  While I have enjoyed everything the wonderful team at Blogger has offered me, I'm just interested in something new.  And so the move.

I hope every one of you will continue to follow my blog on it's new home:

Rare View Me

I look forward to many more great interactions with you all there.

Marcus Jamison, the Rare Poet

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Evolution

Change happens.  It's inevitable.  Over the past 31 years, I've grown and changed, along with the world I live in and the people around me.  In order for there to be growth, change is necessary.  Anything that stays the same becomes stagnant.

I would like to thank all of the wonderful people who have been enjoying my blog for such a wonderful stretch of time.  (19, I can't believe it's been that long).  But new things are to come.  This is not my official final Rare View Me post, just the announcement that one is soon to come.  But don't be sad!  Something new is brewing in the horizon, and as the loyal folks who keep me motivated, you will be the first to know.

Much love,

Marcus Jamison, the Rare Poet

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Occasional Crazy Rare Quote # 14

The greatest Americans 

have not been born yet.

They are waiting patiently 
for the past to die.

Please give blood

--- Saul Williams

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Life's Not So Rare Lessons, Feb.25, 2012

We keep learning things.  It's a part of our progression.  Sometimes, we forget them, but something brings them back.

Not too long ago, I was watching a portion of a wonderful movie I hope everyone has seen called Talk to Me.  The 2007 film tells the story of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, a Washington D.C. native and prominent radio/television personality, who went from an ex-con to an influential community activist.

"Petey" Greene
(courtesy of Wikipedia)

There's a powerful scene in the movie, highlighting the events that happened in the nation's capital following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Many people credit some of the statements Greene made in those trying moments with helping quell the riots that were occurring throughout the city.  At the end of his segment, Greene shared a song.

There have been many times that I've needed that song.

I was born by the river, in a little tent.  And just like the river I been running.  Running ever since.
It's been a long time coming, but I know.  A change is gonna come.  Oh, yes it is.

These powerful words, made famous by the late, great Sam Cooke, have always been a source of hope.  I've listened to them when searching for direction, in some of my most trying times.  They have literally brought me to sudden tears, with the overwhelming realization they always manage to bring.  And they remind me.

It can get better.

Usually, upon hearing those words, our human instinct is to immediately ask how.  We've all been in need of something more, something better, and get so caught up in trying to get there, that we forget to exhale and take comfort in knowing that better really is possible.

That new job you've been looking for.  That change in your lifestyle.  That little piece of hope to keep you going.  It really is out there.  Sure, getting there is important, but it's good to know that there's a path.

It's been a long time coming, but I know.  A change is gonna come.  Ohhhhh, yes it is.

Knowing this has brought me from some dark places.  I hope it can bring some of you from those places, as well.

Sam Cooke - A Change is Gonna Come

Before the stresses of your life overwhelm you, take a little joy in knowing that things can get better.  Only then can you try to figure out how to get them there.

Marcus Jamison, the Rare Poet

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Back Again

I'M BACK!!!!

Sheesh!  These extended hiatuses have become alarmingly frequent, where I find myself completely cut off from doing things that I love to do, which lately has included both writing and blogging.  But I'm back at it again, promising more exciting posts and interesting tidbits from my increasingly broad imagination.  I'm about to once again make it a habit to post everyday.  And it's also about time for some aesthetic changes as well.

So enough ranting about being's time to get the show back on the road.

Marcus Jamison, the Rare Poet