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If it wasn’t for a blowup with one of her three children, Kirsten Wazalis might never have called a friend to come over and commiserate one July evening in 2012. And if the friend hadn’t suggested that the two go out and listen to music, she might have never met Glenn Leader. Ms. Wazalis, 50, shook off her gloom at Stevenson’s Place, a bar with a jukebox, up the street from her Philadelphia apartment. There, the two friends listened to Lionel Richie, Hall & Oates and other pop artists. “I have such good taste in music that people actually pay me to play the jukebox,” she said jokingly. By the time the bartender, Mr. Leader, offered to buy her a drink, her bad day was looking much brighter. Ms. Wazalis has had her share of challenging days since then. But never again has she had to recruit someone to help her through them. “Glenn’s been with me every step of the way, taking care of me and treating my kids like they’re his own,” she sai... Full story

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