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I took Step Nine, completely and thoroughly, thirty-one years ago. I’d been a compulsive thief and cheat and often a manipulator and bully, so I had a lot of cleaning up to do. My sponsor kept me at it, doing one thing each day. It might be searching for a phone number for someone I hadn’t seen in fifteen years, or locating the owner of a now-closed business, or cleaning out one more drawer in my home to find more stolen goods. I contacted a cemetery I’d stolen grave markers from, a museum I’d stolen items from, people I’d babysat

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