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Sister Mary Barbarian

August 12, 2015
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My ninth-grade English teacher was named Sister Mary Barbara, but for purposes of anonymity, I’ll call her Sister Mary Barbarian. She was the toughest, strictest, unyieldingest teacher I ever had—a member of the order the…

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Guns 4 Nuns

September 5, 2014
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Guns 4 Nuns

Today I saw a car with a bumper sticker that said “Guns 4 Nuns.” I went to Catholic school for twelve years. Trust me. The last thing those sadistic penguins need are firearms. Mario TurchiaroloMario…

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A Catholic Kid’s Semi-Rotten Childhood IV

June 13, 2014
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The public elementary school close to our house wasn’t good enough for the Minicozzi kids, according to our Grandma McNeely. They didn’t teach the Catholic religion there. So off to Catholic school we went. Read more »

Kathy Minicozzi

Kathy Minicozzi is an opera singer turned aspiring writer, who lives somewhere in New York City. In other words, she's weird, but harmless. She is the author of "Opera for People Who Don't Like It," in which she turns the world of opera and its performers upside down while, at the same time, making it understandable to non-opera lovers and making everyone laugh.

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A Catholic Kid’s Semi-Rotten Childhood

May 19, 2014
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A Catholic Kid’s Semi-Rotten Childhood

I was not a remarkable kid. Most of the other Fifth Grade girls were prettier than I was. I was an ugly duckling who didn’t turn into a swan (or at least a pigeon) until…

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Sister Adolfa’s Revenge

April 22, 2014
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Sister Adolfa’s Revenge

A 1950s-60s Catholic school upbringing is like Superglue. It really sticks. (Sister Adolfa, wherever you are, please notice my clever use of simile. … Yes, Str, I know the difference between a simile and a…

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Older Brothers Behaving Badly

March 15, 2014
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I was asked recently, “What story had the biggest impact on me when I was a child.” My response was: My older brothers made me read a story when I was in second or third grade,…

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Catholic School Memories: Christmas Pageants and Other Disasters

March 5, 2013
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Catholic School Memories:  Christmas Pageants and Other Disasters

My onstage debut was unforgettable. I was Innkeeper No. Two in St. Joseph’s Elementary School’s Annual Christmas Pageant. That was the year that we First Graders were reenacting the Nativity as our part of the…

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Lazy Kids Never Get Diddled

December 9, 2012
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When I was in Catholic school and was finally old enough to become an altar boy, I eagerly went to the meeting to sign up. To be honest, I can’t remember why I wanted to be…

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The Great Catholic Halloween Caper

October 5, 2012
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The Great Catholic Halloween Caper

It was Halloween of 1955, and the kids of St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School had been looking forward to it, along with every other kid in the United States. We got to dress up in…

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Things We Learned in Catholic School That Had to Be Unlearned Later

September 3, 2012
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Things We Learned in Catholic School That Had to Be Unlearned Later

Before anyone comes at me with holy water and an exorcism prayer, let me explain that I am a good Catholic. I go to mass; I carry a rosary in my purse; I believe in…

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