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Stories by Maryann Castronovo

Half a smile is better than no smile

Katie Burke faces her past

It was Monday morning, August 24th of 2015, when 28-year-old Katie Burke woke up feeling something wasn’t quite right, like maybe she had eaten too much salt. Her face felt different, bloated. She looked in ...

Udo was gone

No match for steel and cement.

Evening in Germany, morning in California.

Of B Movies and Bread

A slice of life

Interview with Charles Kaufman, baker/founder of Bread & Cie and former film producer.

I was bred for this

The emergency room of the Naval Medical Center San Diego was buzzing. Veterans of all ages waited their turn to be seen. In the corner, San Diego native Sergeant Tom O’Brian grimaced in pain. The ...

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