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09/23/20 04:54 PM #3348    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)


It is common knowledge in DC that the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the now-late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg were close personal friends. They shared a love of opera, went souvenir shopping together when they traveled, and rode an elephant in India with Scalia up front. Their families spent New Year's Eve together, and when Chief Justice Roberts announced the death of Ginsburg's husband, Marty, Scalia wept on the bench. When Scalia died in 2016, Ginsburg said, "we were best buddies."

They never spoke politics or ideology to one another because as one seasoned observer said, "there would be no point." Scalia himself would say, "if you can't disagree ardently with your colleagues about some issues of law and yet personally still be friends, get another job. for Pete's sake."

On her part, Ginsburg said of Scalia, "as annoyed as you might be about his zinging dissent, he's so utterly charming, so amusing, so sometimes outrageous, you can't help but say, "I'm glad he is my friend." She said she sometimes had to pinch herself to not laugh when he would say something audacious in the courtroom.

In an era when we are being purposefully divided over political and social differences, and friendships and families are being ripped apart in the process, Scalia and Ginsburg were The Odd Couple. They held the deepest respect for each other and kept their disagreements intellectual, not transactional. (Little known fact, it was Scalia that begged Obama to appoint Ellen Kagan to the Court. He wanted her there so he would have someone to argue with in an intelligent manner.)

When he learned of Ginsburg's passing, Scalia's son, Christopher, shared the following story from Judge Jeffrey Sutton about an encounter late in his father's life.

"During one of my last visit with Justice Scalia, I saw striking evidence of the Scalia-Ginsburg relationship. As I got up to leave his chambers, he pointed to two dozen roses on his table and noted that he needed to take them down to 'Ruth' for her birthday.

"Wow," I said, "I doubt I have given a total of twenty-four roses to my wife in almost thirty years of marriage." "You ought to try it sometime," Scalia retorted.

Unwilling to let him have the last word, I pushed back: "So what good have all those roses done for you? Name one five-four case of any significance when you have got Justice Ginsburg's vote."

Scalia replied, "some things are more important than votes."

This is what we have lost: two earnest and caring people who could place all differences aside for the sake of friendship and an abiding love for each other.

I say to everyone, be a Nino; be a Ruth. Remember what is good in every person you know even when you have to work a little harder to find it or need to let go of anger or hard feelings. God did not put us here in pre-formed harmony, He put us here with differences so we could find it on our own.

Finally, if you are being unduly influenced by anyone who through their speech and actions encourages you to hate or disregard others because they may be or believe something different from you, tune them out and turn them off. They simply do not have your best interest at heart, and are in the business of keeping you riled up for the sake of their own self-interest and profit.

Again, be a Ruth; be a Nino. Be kind to one another. Choose love over votes. It truly is 'bigger than anything in its way," especially politics.

11/27/20 06:41 PM #3349    

James Steffien

20th reunion picture, Tom Wentz, Dan Weist and Tom Howe.


Jim Steffien

11/27/20 08:19 PM #3350    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Thanks, Jim!  You got them all!  We'll let everyone read your answers for a bit before posting the next one!

12/03/20 10:47 AM #3351    


Barbara Peate (Sabo)

An additional note on the picture, I'm pretty sure that's little Tommy Wentz behind Tom Wentz and Danny Weist.  To the left talking are Ted and Barb Sabo but not sure with whom we were talking with the dark hair.

12/04/20 01:05 PM #3352    


Patrick Gillespie

The girl with dark hair and stripped shirt is my wife, Mary Ann.

12/05/20 03:49 PM #3353    


Barbara Peate (Sabo)

Pat Gillespie.....thanks for solving that!   I've been trying to figure it out since it was posted!  lol 

12/07/20 02:21 PM #3354    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

It's going to be an interesting holiday this year of 2020.

12/19/20 11:57 AM #3355    


Barbara Peate (Sabo)


Last week I was watching the local news, and they aired a song that Michael Stanley (graduated from River in 1966 and formed the Michael Stanley Band) recorded with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra in Cleveland.  It's an absolutely beautiful song, "Another New Year's Eve."  There are 70 members recording individually from home, combined in one video.  The song was co-written by him and bandmate Bob Pelander and appeared on his 2012 solo album.

Kudos to Michael Stanley to raise funds for this wonderful youth group.   heart

12/30/20 03:30 AM #3356    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

This is awesome!

02/12/21 07:55 PM #3357    


Debbie Benn (Mormon)

The link to the fire is gone.  Can you please tell us what happened???


Thanks -

02/12/21 08:55 PM #3358    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Well...that was quick.  Sorry about that Debbie.  There are no details as yet.  Gary was not there when it started and, fortunately, is safe.  His 5 cats perished and his motorcycles are probably beyond saving, along with the shop is gone.  But HE is uninjured and alive!  Watch for an update in the next day or so on the Home Page.

02/12/21 09:11 PM #3359    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Posted a different link to photos of the fire on the Home Page.  Give it a try.

02/13/21 10:34 AM #3360    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Thank you, Zbin Landscaping!!!

02/13/21 12:33 PM #3361    


Holly Portz (Koiro)

I am so so sorry to read of Gary's if he didn't have enough to deal with already.  Sure makes me count my blessings.  Hopefully, there is insurance that will help him financially even tho you can never replace all the treasures and memories.  My heart aches for him.  He is lucky to be in Rocky River where so many old mates can rally around him.  Give him a hug from me.


02/13/21 01:17 PM #3362    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Thanks, Holly.  I will let him know your good wishes when I visit with him later today.  And thanks for your donation!   Also thank you to Al Greenleaf and Bruce McKelvey for theirs!

02/13/21 08:57 PM #3363    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Thank you Randy Smith, Shirley and Mike Kelley and Mary and Brian McKeown!

02/14/21 11:21 AM #3364    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Thank you Pat Gillespie, Ed Smith and Lin and Barbie!

02/15/21 10:03 PM #3365    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Thank you Mike Matlak, Darcy Driscoll and Debbie Benn Mormon!

02/17/21 10:00 AM #3366    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Thank you Barb Manning, Mimi Mayer and Larry Gilbert!

02/19/21 11:43 AM #3367    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Thank you Ron Hanson!

02/22/21 10:15 AM #3368    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Thank you Angie Alfano Cheon and Guy Cartwright!

02/28/21 02:27 PM #3369    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Thank you Ron Caffo and Bruce Bruehler!

03/05/21 06:40 AM #3370    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

Irish Inventions


03/08/21 12:09 PM #3371    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

This article gives so much history about Bearden's!



03/15/21 09:30 PM #3372    


Ellen Aspinwall (Templar)

More fun nostalgia: 

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