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The novel, "BACKROADS TO BETHLEHEM': Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior..." (by William "Duke" Smither), is available on-line at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A free preview of the book, and site information, can be obtained by clicking the MENU icon (upper left corner). Various blog postings are featured below. Thank you for visiting.

by William “Duke” Smither “Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.” –  Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Swiss-born philosopher, writer, political theorist and 18th century “Enlightenment Thinker”).   Over the years, I’ve come to think that revolutions, that is, the way we commonly define them, more […]

by William “Duke” Smither “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” – Bob Marley (a.k.a., Robert Nesta Marley, 1945–1981, Jamaican singer-songwriter, proud Rastafarian and Reggae musician extraordinaire)     Gone Too Soon… Proponents of Pan-Africanism, Ethnomusicology, and Black Music in general– but Jazz, our especially expressive music with African roots, in particular— […]