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Monday, October 3, 2016

Ruth Bader-Ginsburg's all-purpose advice

Ruth Bader Ginsburg   (Public Domain)
When judges speak, people tend to listen.  When Supreme Court judges speak, folks listen even more.  So when Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently wrote about what has made her marriage and life work especially well, ears across the nation perked up.

It wasn't just the words of counsel from author Vladimir Nabokov, who was Bader-Ginsburg’s professor at Cornell.  Nor was it just the mother who urged her to be as independent as possible.

In fact, it was her mother-in-law who gave her this wedding-day advice:  In every good marriage, it sometimes helps to be a little deaf.  Bader-Ginsburg has followed that advice, not only within the “56 years of a marital partnership nonpareil,” but also throughout her professional career.

She therefore passes this wisdom on to others:  When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. 


Copyright October 3, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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