Mary Jackson

Mary is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four children. Follow Mary on Twitter @mbjackson77

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Sharing spaces

Lifestyle | The rise of multigenerational households gives families unique opportunities to intertwine their lives
by Mary Jackson
Posted 10/04/13, 01:00 am

On most weekday mornings 1-year-old William Niles wakes to his mother’s smile. His mother, Kristen Holt, 32, changes and feeds him before leaving for her job managing a clothing boutique. Instead of being rushed to day care, though, William spends early mornings in the family room where his grandfather plays guitar and sings worship songs. He routinely goes with his grandma to water the deck plants and then across the grassy backyard to pet the neighbor’s sheep. 

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Fighting back

Back to School | Christian public school teachers go to court, and scientists quietly advance intelligent design
by Mary Jackson, Elise Grafe, Angela Lu Fulton, Daniel James Devine & Samantha Gobba
Posted 8/23/13, 12:00 am

Golden state warriors

by Mary Jackson

Buena Parks, Calif., teacher Rebecca Friedrichs is married to a college professor and has a long list of family members who are educators, including her husband’s 96-year-old aunt who once taught in a Minnesota one-room schoolhouse. Even as her love for teaching runs deep, Friedrichs, 47, has voiced concern over her union’s one-sided politicking, its resistance to education reform—and its forced membership dues.

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Womb to grow

Lifestyle | The thriving practice of embryo adoption is saving little lives from destruction
by Mary Jackson
Posted 5/03/13, 01:00 am

Many moms remember on Mother’s Day how they gave birth. Debi Beasley remembers driving with her husband Kent for seven hours from Los Angeles to Santa Rosa, Calif., in 1997 with seven frozen embryos in a tank in the backseat. They blasted the air conditioning in their teal Astro van as they drove nonstop through the Central Valley’s 100-degree temperatures: “If the car temperature went over 70 degrees, the embryos would die,” Debi said. Upon arriving home, they placed the tank at their bedside. “We laid there praying and wondering if any of them had survived,” she said. 

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