Welcome to Richard D. Smith’s Website


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Welcome back, or welcome first-timers.

Among my recent featured writing & commentary:

My latest article & photographs for the Montgomery News tell the affirming story of how members of a local gym freely gave up their Labor Day holiday to labor with their popular fitness instructor in cleaning out & cleaning up after Huricane Ida had caused the Millstone and Raritan rivers to rush and rise mercilessly

— ATTENTION BLUEGRASS & AMERICANA MUSIC FANS:  I recently attended a performance in banjo wizard Bela Fleck’s “My Bluegrass Heart” tour at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre and was interviewed during intermission by NewJerseyStage.com. Visit my Music section for more background and a link.  

And I hope you’ll read my essay for the Library of Congress on Bill Monroe’s beloved bluegrass waltz “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” which tells the intriguing — and true — tale of how it helped launch the career of Elvis Presley

— My recent feature articles encompass the latest developments and strategies in the fight against the invasive, voracious Spotted Lanternfly, now infesting the eastern United States – and – how an unexpected crescendo of home piano sales has been orchestrated by the coronavirus pandemic

And in addition to pages featuring my books and journalism, there are sections on my music — including a new post on my recent trip in a veritable bluegrass time machine, back to 1949 and the music’s origins

Check back soon for additional news, photos and links.

But … to come back, you’ll have to stay safe & healthy!

(Covid-19 is for real. And it’s becoming increasingly dangerous as new varieties develop. We’re in a war: Well-fitted gauze face coverings are our defensive gas masks and vaccinations are our best weapons. Protect yourself, your loved ones, our beloved country and even the Earth.)

Thanks and best wishes.