From the Editor

From the Editor: When the newsroom becomes a war zone

July 15, 2018

By MARIA D. JAMES — I am at a loss for words. That is a big problem, since my career as a journalist depends on my ability to string together words. The increasing number of mass shootings across the country has drained the life out of me. Maybe you feel the same way. It seems that our hearts [read more]

From the Editor: When suicide hits home

June 18, 2018

By MARIA D. JAMES — In 2013, I made an unsuccessful attempt to end my life. It happened the week before Thanksgiving. During a time when people are typically finalizing holiday travel plans and recipes for holiday meals, I was being admitted to a nearby psychiatric hospital. I had hit a low point [read more]

From the Editor: The time-sucking labyrinth that is your phone

May 16, 2018

By HEATHER WRIGHT — When’s the last time you checked your smartphone? How long can you go before you feel compelled to check it? I admit that I’ve been judgmental of dining couples who seem more into their phones than one another. And of pedestrians hypnotized by their phones, creating a [read more]

From the Editor: Professionalizing parenthood

April 18, 2018

By LINDSAY MYERS — This one is for the stay-at-home parents. Imagine you are about to be interviewed for a job with a new company. When you walk into the manager’s office, you notice that the place is a mess. Empty coffee cups on every surface. Papers piled haphazardly on the desk. The [read more]

From the Editor: Resisting the siren song of convenience

March 20, 2018

By HEATHER WRIGHT — Recently in this space, I posited a handful of questions about what the future could hold for Hyattsville and the surrounding area. I considered if Amazon’s new headquarters (HQ2) would come to Prince George’s County. It did not take long to receive a definitive “no,” [read more]

From the Editor: What’s in a name?

February 21, 2018

BY MARIA D. JAMES — A few years ago, my brother, my sister and I decided to go visit our late father’s brother for a family get-together. A visit to my Uncle Bernard’s always meant laughter and a delicious meal, and this visit didn’t disappoint. As we ate, the conversation transitioned into [read more]

From The Editor: Hyattsville: a year in review, a year anew

January 21, 2018

BY HEATHER WRIGHT — What a great time to be in Hyattsville. As I’ve mentioned, I live in Takoma Park, but more and more I like to bask in Hyattsville’s glow. The Hyattsville area saw a bevy of restaurants and stores open in 2017. Hyattsvillians could finally buy groceries at the new Whole [read more]

From the Editor: No Peace for the Peace Cross

December 21, 2017

BY HEATHER WRIGHT — Uncertainty seems to have been cemented into the foundations of the Peace Cross. Construction of the concrete and rose granite World War I memorial began in 1919, but was halted in 1922 due to lack of funding. Later that year, the commissioners of Bladensburg deeded the [read more]

From the Editor: Big Brothers Big Sisters hope to fill need

September 20, 2017

BY MARIA JAMES — In the May edition of the Hyattsville Life & Times, I openly shared my challenge with finding my identity as a single adult who is childless and lives in our family-oriented community. I received many positive and encouraging messages from others who are living the single, [read more]

From the Editor: Making sanctuaries, making homes

August 13, 2017

BY HEATHER WRIGHT — Hyattsville is a officially a sanctuary city. Whether or not you voted for this result, many of us can agree on wanting our area to be a genuine sanctuary — a place of safety or refuge — and a launching pad for individuals and families from other countries, especially [read more]
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