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So there I was, half-swallowed by a seat at the Palace Theater, seated next to my mother, who had brought me to see “The Wizard of Oz” in its 1949 re-release when I was seven years old. She had seen it in its original 1939 release, and it had utterly charmed her. It was the first movie I’d e…

Thirty-three years ago, I stood inside a grave. A lifetime ago, when I was a pastor’s wife.

Twice a month my mother would retreat to her room after speaking a few words of warning to my big sisters and me.

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