iOS app Android app

Matthew Ross Smith
GET UPDATES FROM Matthew Ross Smith
The SBYF Project helps people with Alzheimer's pass on their memories by writing them on postcards, mailing them to their families, and archiving a copy in a vault. The SBYF Memory Postcard program is now open to storytellers of all ages, and to teachers as a weekly writing exercise. Smith is an author, musician , and teacher based in Philadelphia.

Entries by Matthew Ross Smith

Memory Postcard: What It Was Like to Be a First Generation Italian-American in the 1920s

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 3:04 PM

Glimpses into the lives of ordinary Americans.



One day my mother was summoned to my grammar school to meet with one of my teachers. My mother's English wasn't very good (she was from Italy), so I...

Read Post

Memory Postcard: "The Day I Met Martin Luther King Jr... and Was Disappointed"

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 12:10 PM


Glimpses into the lives of ordinary Americans.

Montgomery, Alabama (1956)

I started at the grocery when I was twelve, sweeping up out front. This was my first job and they paid me in candy (one...

Read Post

Is Talking to Strangers Good for the Soul (and for America)?

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 4:13 PM


About a decade ago, not long before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there was a book published called Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, by a Harvard scholar named Robert Putnam. It had a neatly illustrated cover of a glum-looking...

Read Post

A Revolutionary Storytelling Machine to Fight Alzheimer's, Connect Generations

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 12:54 PM

Just a simple eye test.

That was all that stood between Nathan Kline, 18, and his dream of becoming a fighter pilot.

"24," he says, a tinge of sadness still in his voice. "Just about shattered my heart."

Spring, 1942....

Read Post

What Student Debt Looks and Feels Like From a Graduate's Perspective

(45) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 10:39 AM

My name is Matthew Smith and I'm a "millennial": born during the Reagan era, I had my first Little League hit with Bush Sr., my first kiss and AOL dial-up connection with Clinton, my first student loan and MySpace account with Bush Jr., and here I am with Facebook, Twitter...

Read Post