byMaryFlynn.com

Writing was my first foray into storytelling. I love wrestling words into clear, concise and conversational paragraphs and get a kick out of nerdy wordplay. I have written everything from blog content to marketing copy to screenplays, and here you can find samples of my work as a journalist. I tend to write about public health issues in California, women's issues, and the challenges faced by today's generation of military veterans, but I'm ever eager to learn about something new and then explain it to the world.

Most Employers, Like NFL, Don’t Have Policies for Responding to Domestic Violence

The National Football League and former player Ray Rice made headlines last week after a video surfaced showing Rice knocking his fiancé unconscious in an elevator. The NFL sanctioned the Baltimore Ravens running back for the incident earlier this year with a two-game suspension. But the now public image of Rice punching his fiancé in […]

Childhood Poverty Affects Longterm Health

Children and parents gather around instructor Cassandra Hughes to participate in Art Time at Oakland's Room 2 Bloom.

About twenty young children sat on the brightly colored carpet as a man with long dreadlocks slid a large conga drum in front of him. It was “circle time” at Lotus Bloom’s Room to Bloom program, a drop-in parent-child playgroup in East Oakland. The drummer called out to the kids to stand up, take one […]

The Officer: A New Stance

The first nonwartime Quadrennial Defense Review in 13 years holds special significance. The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is a congressionally mandated Department of Defense undertaking to provide a wide-ranging review of strategy, programs, and resources. Specifically, it is intended to provide national defense strategy by defining the force structure, modernization plans, and a budget that […]

Rural Californians Also Face High Housing Costs

California residents pay dearly to live in the Golden state. Nearly half of California residents experienced a “high housing cost burden” in 2012, which means that the cost of their housing — including mortgage, home insurance, utilities and property taxes for homeowners and rent and utilities for renters — consumed more than 30 percent of […]

Taking Guns From Perpetrators of Domestic Violence an Ongoing Challenge

A weapon in the hands of someone with a history of violence or mental instability is dangerous for anyone, but particularly for victims of domestic violence. More than 810,000 people were victims of violence from an intimate partner in 2012, and the majority of victims (84 percent) were women. More than half of intimate partner […]

Program Aims to Reduce Disparities in Foster Care System

Nationally, the foster care system is a long-term home to more children of color than White children. The disparities in California are particularly alarming, with more than half of African American foster children in care for more than two years. Forty-five percent of Native American foster children have also been in the system, which was […]

New Apps Aim to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

On a single day in California, nearly 800 requests for emergency shelter went unmet, according to a 2012 domestic violence census. That was far too many left with no place to go for one team of software developers. They created SafeNight app, now in limited pilot, which uses crowdsourcing techniques to help domestic violence organizations […]

Young Veterans Face Soaring Unemployment Levels; Employers Find Ways to Skirt USERRA Laws

In 2011, Sergeant Antonio Thomas found himself in the position of many returning Reservists: unemployed and looking for work. SGT Thomas had spent nearly a year in Iraq, where he worked as a petroleum supply specialist. Once home, he spent months searching for a job that would support his family. SGT Thomas and his wife […]

Sequester, Shutdown Imperil Domestic Violence Services in Rural Areas

Domestic violence service providers in rural areas, already hard-pressed for resources, are reeling from federal budget cuts that took effect earlier this year and the ongoing shutdown of much of the federal government. Ask most domestic violence service providers about whether they have sufficient resources and you’ll probably get the same answer: it’s never enough. […]

Trapped in a Military Marriage

Tiffany Kettermann didn’t realize that her husband was violent until they were already married. When she met him in April 2003, she thought he was “the most caring, gentle person I had ever met in my life.” She learned he was joining the Air Force. “I was like, ‘Yeah, this is the guy for me.’” […]

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