Mary Jackson

Mary is a book reviewer and reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Greenville University graduate who previously worked for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. Mary resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. Follow her on Twitter @mbjackson77.

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Jumping off the transgender bandwagon

Family | A U.K. official considers policies to protect children from life-altering sex-change procedures
by Mary Jackson
Posted 5/01/20, 06:13 pm

When Keira Bell began pursuing sex-change options at age 16, she said no one questioned her as she took puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and eventually had a double mastectomy in an attempt to become a man. Now, at age 23, Bell said she “should have been challenged more,” but instead she made irreversible changes she would live to regret without her healthcare providers offering her alternatives.

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Fighting illness alone

Family | Healthcare workers look for ways to help connect patients with their families
by Mary Jackson
Posted 4/24/20, 06:45 pm

Patricia Scheffler has battled bone cancer alone at a hospital in Pittsburgh for nearly a month. Twice a week, she goes to a fitness room and looks out a window to see her husband of 42 years standing near a flagpole, waving. They have Netflix dates on Saturday nights, and he sends handwritten letters, fast food, and clean laundry.

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Ties that bind

Children’s Books | Recent picture book releases
by Mary Jackson
Posted 4/23/20, 04:45 pm

The Love Letter by Anika Aldamuy Denise: A hedgehog, bunny, and squirrel each in turn stumble upon a love letter. Thinking it was intended for them, each animal feels uniquely affirmed, and they spread their good cheer to others around them. The question of who the letter came from leads to a wonderful mix-up, uniting the animals and their separate vignettes, but the answer is not what they expected. This lighthearted story echoes the proverbial truth that “kind words are like honey” and the sweetness often spills over to others.

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