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What's it like to be a nun?

"The hills are alive with the sound of music..." and the sounds of the Broadway play that is being revived everywhere, as if it ever went away.

Besides the Julie Andrews movie, which is constantly available, the new live TV version with Carrie Underwood has captured a huge audience in addition to performances on Valley stages. But why this excess of "Edelweiss?"

Perhaps there is a fairy-tale quality to the story of a young, independent, Austrian girl who aspires to be a nun, but falls in love with the father of seven. But how idyllic is life in the convent? Is the discipline more military than spiritual?

Some answers come by asking the question, "What's it like being a Roman Catholic nun?"

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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