Posts Tagged: maria von trapp

Cristina Scuccia and Our Enduring Love for Singing Nuns

Last week, Ursuline nun Cristina Scuccia bopped across the set of Italy’s The Voice—her black habit flying and her rather large cross looking a bit like bling—and belted out a pretty convincing rendition of Alicia Keys’ “No One.” Her performance garnered a couple million hits on YouTube and has probably been e-mailed to you by your very nice, Hail-Mary-ing, Internet-capable great-aunt by now. But if not, here you go:

Anyone who has ever watched reality singing shows should have recognized the Susan Boylesque aesthetic. First, we had the close up of Scuccia’s sensible black sneakers (how unlike a pop star!); then a shot of three [...]


The Last Member of the Sound of Music Von Trapp Family Dies at Age 99

Maria von Trapp died last week at age 99 of natural causes, near the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont. She was the third of seven von Trapp children, and she had previously been a missionary in Papua New Guinea and an Austrian dance teacher at the lodge. As a child, Maria contracted scarlet fever, which made her too weak for school; she was tutored at the von Trapp home by her future stepmother, Maria Kutschera, who was played by Julie Andrews in the movie. On the Von Trapp family site, Maria wrote:

Our second mother belonged to a youth group called Neuland, which favored classical music [...]


"What" a Note to Follow "So": Why I Am the Baroness

I’m afraid of babies. I fear babies for a lot of reasons—I'm an only child with a meager extended family; I never babysat in my neighborhood; I was raised by a single mother who was more likely to take me to a dinner party full of adults than an afternoon playdate. This wouldn't be an issue if people weren't always trying to hand me their infants. There's simply an expectation that, if a female of a certain age has her hands free, she wants someone to fill them up with newborn, when really, in my case, a vodka tonic and a plate of sandwiches would be much preferred.

I could [...]