Not A Suck Night

My five-year-old starts kindergarten in the fall. To his credit, he seems acutely aware that it’s time for him to start acting like a ‘big kid.’ Which includes less reliance on what used to be affectionately called his ‘baaboomaa’, then just ‘baaboom’, and more...

Traveling to Paris – 12 Lessons Learned

I recently had the privilege to travel to Paris this June for a medical conference. My wife joined me and we stayed for a couple extra days to make a vacation of it. This was my first time in Europe, so I was excited but also not quite sure what to expect. We had a...

The Reason I Write

I’ve enjoyed writing all my life, from simple stories and rhymes in grade school to creative short stories and poems in high school and college. There were often long stretches of time when I didn’t write anything, but it was always there, just below the surface. When...

Wide World of (Too Many) Sports

I was flying, staring up at the sky, sailing through the air. Well maybe not flying, more like falling. I landed flat on my back on the damp brown infield dirt with a thud. A dozen five-year-olds gathered around me, their mouths hung open in surprise. A dozen parents...

Time Travel to Now

Today my middle son turns nine. Yesterday he and I ran a 5K together. I’m not sure if his sticking with me stride for stride had more to do with his prowess or my decline, but either way I was proud of him (that was the second time he’s done that!). He is surely the...

The 35 Step Commute

I trudged slowly through the snow, along the trail that leads from my yard to the creek through the woods. The ground sparkled white as the sinking sun reflected off the ice crystals. I followed the tracks to the water’s edge and stared into the smooth brown rocks...

The Real George Wythe

Wandering through the cemetery in Richmond’s St. John’s Church, one can discover a lot of history amongst the faded old grave markers. The church itself dates back to 1741 and sits in the Church Hill section of Richmond, the original footprint of the city. Its claim...

My 15 Minutes

Back in 1999, a young comedian burst onto the scene named Tom Green. He had some kind of talk show on MTV and was known for doing all kinds of outrageous things. He eventually married Drew Barrymore, survived testicular cancer, and was in a few movies. The other day I...

I Liked Your Book

Today finished off the reading program at Bettie Weaver and their school wide reading of Summer of the Woods. It's hard to explain how fun it is to hear all the different classes telling me what their favorite parts of the story were as I signed several dozen books. I...

Help! Two Inches of Snow!

Attention Virginia! This may come as some surprise, but it’s the end of January. It’s winter. It has a tendency to get cold. Sometimes there’s snow. How is this new information? The schools just announced Day #4 of school closings due to the fact that we had 2 inches...

Back to School

I started writing about the adventures of Derek and Sam as a way to create an exciting story to read at bedtime to my boys. As it turned into a book, I learned a lot about the publishing process and have enjoyed getting it into the hands of young readers. It’s been an...

Snowboarding Kicked My Butt

The sun was out, the slope white with snow. I surveyed the vista below me – a mountain to be conquered. I could picture it now, the air whipping past, the powder spraying my face, the boys staring in awe at their dad shredding the hill. “Come on, Dad, why don’t you...

Snowflakes of Christmas

Christmas break is only a few days old and I've already come to appreciate the line in the song, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, that says "and Mom and Dad can't wait for school to begin again!" Despite the knowledge that this is a special time of year, I...

Leaf It To Me

When we moved to Virginia nearly three years ago, one of my top priorities was to buy a house that had enough property for our three boys to roam and play outside. We have two acres, one of which is wooded, and our yard is surrounded by a lot of trees. And not just...

Mystery on Church Hill – Now Available!

The waiting is over! Brothers Sam and Derek are hot on the trail of another adventure in my second children's adventure book, Mystery on Church Hill, now available! Hurry over to Amazon at the link below and buy a copy for the young readers in your life - kids,...

The Thank You Part

One of the things about writing children's books that I hadn't thought a whole lot about was the response from the kids. It's so much fun. Hearing from family, friends and other adult readers that hear about my book is great, don't get me wrong. But it's been an...

Join the Mystery on December 8th!

Mystery on Church Hill, the second book in the adventures of brothers Sam and Derek from Steven K. Smith, is releasing on December 8, 2013! Just in time for Christmas for all the young readers in your life! I'm thrilled to announce that the official launch party and...

Read to Me

This week I had the privilege of visiting one of the after-school tutoring sites run by my friends at CHAT (Church Hill Activities & Tutoring). Several times each week they reach over 140 kids in the Church Hill section of inner city East Richmond with a variety...

Mystery on Church Hill Preview

Chapter 1: The Field Trip Below is the first chapter from my new middle grade children's book, Mystery on Church Hill. It follows another adventure with young brothers, Sam and Derek. Mystery on Church Hill will be released in early December - hope you enjoy! *** The...