HAIL, MARY AND REGINA

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC NUNS WERE REALLY ON TO SOMETHING

If I ever win an award and get to give an acceptance speech, I will start by thanking first my parents and second Mother Marita Joseph. She and the Immaculate Heart of Mary nuns made it possible for me to go to college, win frequently at Trivial Pursuit and strive, although mostly fail, to do good rather than simply do well.

Everyone knows the stereotypes: altar boys scared to death of girls, repressed virgins in plaid jumpers, the kids who win spelling bees and know their multiplication tables but not their inner child. But the fact is that the nuns I...

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