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Matthew Ross Smith
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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.

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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.

GREETINGS FROM MY MOTHER'S KITCHEN, PITTSBURGH, 1920

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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...

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

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

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Glimpses into the lives of ordinary Americans.

THE THIEVES AMONG US
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...

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

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

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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...

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

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

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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....

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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...

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