Thanksgiving, a Day to Give Thanks and Pray for Others

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

There is so much for which to give thanks. As you eat, and eat, and eat today, take the time to reflect on your blessings. Take the time, also, to pray for those who are not as fortunate or who are not with loved ones. For example, pray for our U.S. military, who sacrifice so much for our freedoms, many of whom are thousands of miles away from their families.

God bless you all.

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Governor Palin: 'I Would Love To' Get Back into Politics

Saturday, November 8, 2014

In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity Friday night, Governor Palin discussed the magnitude of the loss Democrats suffered in Tuesday's midterm elections and what it says about Hillary Clinton's supposed inevitability in 2016. As is her wont, Palin also warned Republicans that their current standing rests on doing what they said they would do, on living up to their promises.

When asked if she would like to get into politics again, the Governor said, "I would love to," but she offered no details on the capacity in which she would serve.


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Palins Highlight Media Hypocrisy in Addressing Abuse against Women

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I hope each of you will take the time to watch these two videos Gov. Palin highlighted, linking to Bristol Palin's blog. Like her, this makes me sick to my stomach--and if it doesn't bother you, while you pretend to be for women and against violence on women, you are as hypocritical as this so-called member of the media. When it's Rihanna, it's horrible, when it's Ray Rice's fiancé, it's devastating, and when it's you, it's unforgivable. But when it's Bristol Palin, it's funny??? I hate to break it to you, but the rules don't change just because a Palin is involved. Sickening! I'm glad this woman apologized, but CNN should suspend her.

Compare these two video:

Here's the first:



Now, look at this one:




I thought nothing could surprise me anymore with how the Palins are treated by the media and so-called celebrities, but I have to say this really grabbed and disgusted me in a way I thought was no longer possible. Hypocrisy is so unattractive.

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Do Not Lose Hope

Monday, October 6, 2014


From my Motivation Moment Monday post at Adrienne Ross Communications:

This week’s Motivation Moment Monday is rather simple: No matter what you are going through, there is hope. No matter what else you lose, if you hold on to hope, there’s a comeback awaiting. Do not lose hope!

Despair comes when hope is lost. In extreme cases, suicide follows. The fact is, however, that things change. Circumstances get better. Often, situations that seem so devastating today reveal themselves to be temporary. Are they painful? Yes. Do they take their toll? They do. But do they pass? If we hold on, absolutely. Faith says they will. In the midst of it, talk to someone, get professional help, cry—but don’t give up.

Last week, someone I know lost hope and took her own life. The very thought of that is too large for my mind to grasp.

Fight against despair and a loss of hope. Hold on. Please hold on.

Stay informed about Adrienne Ross via her website by clicking here and visiting regularly.

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Remembering 9-11-01: 'Whom Shall I Fear?'

Thursday, September 11, 2014


We will never forget those who paid the price for radicals' hatred of America. Almost 3,000 lives were lost on September 11, 2001--innocents whose families still mourn their senseless slaughter.

As we continue to face danger, at home and abroad, let us do so remembering those who continue to fight for our safety, as well as those who have died in the process.

Today--and tomorrow--we pray that God will give us the grace to walk through these difficult times trusting in Him and possessing a boldness and courage--wrapped in humility--that will not be shattered by those who seek to terrorize and destroy us. As the apostle Paul said, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). With this as our true foundation, we have perfect peace. Psalm 27:1 states, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

God bless America!

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Gov. Sarah Palin Launches Sarah Palin Channel

Monday, July 28, 2014


On Sunday, Gov. Palin used Facebook to unveil a new endeavor--one that bypasses the mainstream media and goes directly to the people. She launched Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based outlet that will feature video presentations by the former governor, discussions, quotes of the day, hot topics, and more.

She wrote:
Tired of media filters? Well, so am I. So, let’s go rogue together and launch our own member-supported channel! This will be OUR channel, for you and for me, and we’ll all get to call it like it is. Please enjoy this video about this new venture and visit: https://sarahpalinchannel.com/

I hope you’ll check out this new online community and help us build it. #sarahpalinchannel

- Sarah Palin

Things are already jumping over there. Check it out.

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Motivation Moment Monday: Must We Be a Product of Our Environment?

Monday, July 14, 2014

In today's Motivation Moment Monday, our pasts and futures go head-to-head:



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Motivational Speeches on Empowerment

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Below are speeches I recently gave in New York.

The first two are parts I and 2 of a speech in Red Hook, NY, at Red Hook Residential Center's Youth Empowerment Day, where I was the featured motivational speaker. Red Hook is a facility for court-appointed male "juvenile delinquents." This event took place on June 11th.

Part I:


Part 2:


Immediately following this speech, a resident took the microphone to express what my speech meant to him. What a testimonial!




The next day, I spoke at the Catskill Central School District in Catskill, NY:

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Father's Day

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day, dads! You have loved and raised your children, and we are all the better for it. Thank you, and God bless you!

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Honoring Maya Angelou on the Day of Her Passing--Reflecting and Reciting

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou died today. That's a statement that's difficult to write. It was even more difficult to read this morning when I received a text message with the news.

Just last night, as I sat at the hair salon, my stylist was playing a CD that had a track where Angelou was speaking. But more than that moment standing out to me are the many moments I spent as a teacher sharing Maya Angelou's life story, exposing students to her poetry, and dramatically reciting that poetry to those students. I will never forget the looks on their faces as they would watch me walk around the room in one of those recitations of either "Phenomenal Woman" or "Still I Rise." I will never forget how the poem made students feel; they were uplifted, inspired, and validated.

My first year as a teacher, I taught high school. I read Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings with my tenth grade honors English class. And for the rest of my 17-plus-year career as a junior high school English teacher, my classes would read an excerpt of that autobiographical work. Students learned of her hardships growing up with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas, after her birth in St. Louis, Missouri. They learned of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother's boyfriend, her emotional inability to speak afterwards, her transformation that resulted from Bertha Flowers, a teacher who reached out to her, and her powerful emergence as a leading voice in our world. Several years ago, a co-worker and I organized a trip to take our seventh graders to hear the poet speak at the Palace Theater in Albany, NY.

I resigned from teaching in October of last year to pursue other endeavors; that was seven months ago. It's odd to me, however, that today is the day I feel that a major aspect of my career has been laid to rest for the first time. Maya Angelou was a key part of my professional life and connection with my students. They were fascinated by her story and loved her poetry. In fact, I received a Facebook inbox today from a former student. He wrote:

Hello Mrs Ross.. I don't know if you remember me but you were my 8th grade teacher.. I know you heard about the passing of Maya Angelou.. Just made me think of the best English teacher I ever had because I know you were a huge fan of her art and literature. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have been able to enjoy her work.

Another former student commented on a Facebook status I posted upon hearing of Angelou's passing. She wrote:

I cried when I heard the news. I remember the first poem I read of hers and it was in your class.

Not only has Maya Angelou had an impact on my past career, she influences my current work. As a motivational/public speaker, I have used her poetry to inspire my audience. In January, I recited a portion of "Still I Rise," one of my favorite Angelou poems, to get my point across. Listen to me reciting from it and discussing it below; those brief comments are from the 8:25-11:00 marks.


Below is a video that was recorded and posted today. I am reciting "Still I Rise" in its entirety:

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