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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Honoring Our Finest on Memorial Day

Monday, May 26, 2014

Perhaps you have the day off today. Perhaps you're hosting a barbecue for family and friends. Whatever your plans, please remember what Memorial Day is all about.

Memorial Day is more than free time and great company. It is the opportunity to honor those who paid the ultimate price in service to our country. That involves honoring those brave warriors, paying tribute to the veterans among us, praying for those who currently serve, and thanking God for the freedoms we enjoy.

Happy Memorial Day--and God bless America.

Here's my favorite picture of my dad, a Vietnam veteran:

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Governor Palin: Hillary’s Brain; Hillary’s Brain on Drudge

Monday, May 19, 2014

Governor Palin highlighted the hypocrisy of the lamestream media in a Facebook post on Monday, May 19th. While I thought Karl Rove's "brain damage" comments were ill-advised, Palin certainly reminds us that there's a glaring, shameful double standard in journalism---and beyond.

She wrote:

An article linked today on Drudge:
http://on.wsj.com/1jOqOJR

Hey! Hillary’s brain is off-limits! Leave her health records alone! Democrats are right – scouring records of a female candidate is just politics of personal destruction, and for the media to engage in it would be unfair, unethical, and absolutely UNPRECEDENTED. You can’t probe a woman like that because, well, it’s a war on women!

Bunch of sexist, big meanies engaging in something heretofore unheard of, for shame.

America, you deserve fair and consistent coverage of relevant issues before deciding a Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket, so have faith the agenda-less media will refuse to push whispers and wildly inaccurate information about a partisan politician’s body part. Goodness, no one credible would print lies, continually harass a candidate’s doctor, disrupt local hospital staff, or even offer to pay locals to give “quotes” about her health records to be included in a “research book” by a public university professor (your tax dollars at work?) which the candidate’s attorney will need to respond to.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53641_Page4.html
http://www.salon.com/2011/04/22/sarah_palin_trig_conspiracy_theory/
http://bit.ly/1jiTwGZ
http://bit.ly/1qQdoGQ
http://bit.ly/1lWcDGQ

Thank goodness liberals are consistent in refusing to apply double standards, thanks to their disdain for hypocrisy – so they’ll come through once again! Rest assured these self-designated protectors of what they obviously believe is the “weaker sex” needing protection in the political arena will elevate political discourse. Apparently, Democrats demand their next chosen one’s brain must be absent. Opposition – go there exploring a liberal’s brain and you find nothing; or, find something and you’re just trying to distract voters from the REAL issues.

See, the country’s just swell under the Obama regime (which includes any cabinet member who’d lie and prove ineptitude by shining the boot that’s now on America’s neck). With enormous issues to debate before choosing a Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket, have confidence no mean-spirited salaciousness will be pushed by “real journalists.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/04/25/Obama-Andrew-Sullivan-Rolling-Stone

Nope. This just doesn’t happen at this respectable level of American politics.

Just ask me. And Trig.

- Sarah Palin

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Video: Governor Palin on 'The Tonight Show'

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Governor Palin appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night. Below, watch the skit, in which she, "Putin," and "President Obama" appear. Funny stuff:



(Video courtesy of BreitbartTV)

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RNC Omits Sarah Palin from Women's History Month Tribute

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

After the RNC blatantly snubbed Governor Palin by omitting her from their Women's History Month tribute, I penned the following piece for Breitbart News:

Saturday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement in honor of Women’s History Month in which they highlighted women trailblazers, mentioning some prominent women in the Republican Party. Conspicuously absent, however, was former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Republicans “played a leading role in securing women’s right to vote,” Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day wrote, adding that Susan B. Anthony joined with other suffragists to pass the 19th Amendment, which was finally accomplished in 1919.

Boasting a unique role Republican women have played, they stated:
Republican women have a history of being trailblazers, breaking ground and glass ceilings--from Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to be elected to both the House and the Senate, to the nation’s first Latina governor, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and the country’s youngest sitting governor, Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

Palin was the first woman ever selected to run on a GOP presidential ticket, as well as the first female governor of Alaska and youngest governor--male or female--of Alaska.

Since her spot on the 2008 ticket, Palin has helped get Republican women elected by making key endorsements that brought both support and finances--women such as Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley, two women the RNC praised in their statement.

It is most commendable for the RNC, often accused of waging a “war on women,” to pay tribute to Women’s History Month, just as they recognized Black History Month in February. But Palin's omission from the tribute is surprising.

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