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By Anonymous, Peoria, AZ

At the end of the dimly lit hallway patiently awaits a pure white door. On it protrudes a sparkling, light blue “H,” indicating to whom the oasis beyond belongs. Underneath this blue emblem of hope sits a four-by-six picture of Lilo from the animated Disney film “Lilo & Stitch” in which she’s lying on the floor by a red, used record player. Beside the consoling source of music is a scattered mess of records with a quote from the movie underneath Lilo, saying “Leave me alone to die,” a fair warning to those who try to disturb the tranquility beyond the tall, white barrier. A large, spherical, glittering bell hanging from a clean white ribbon that has been tied on the door handle chimes a sweet welcome to me as I push down the cool smooth lever and slowly swing the door open.

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