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The novel, "Backroads to 'Bethlehem': Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior..." is still available on-line. Its sequel, "PASSAGE(S) TO SAINT-DOMINGUE...," is coming soon. Blog activity is temporarily suspended while site is under reconstruction. Thank you for visiting.

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    by William “Duke” Smither ***Note:  Preview text below concerns troops preparing for a “Holy War,” as observed by “Phasael,” a Maroon Spy  (passage from novel, “BACKROADS TO ‘BETHLEHEM’: Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior, in the Shadows of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade”).        Chapter Four (Porto Calvo Rendezvous):  January 6, 1694…   […]

By William “Duke” Smither “Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.”   — Babatunde Olatunji (Nigerian Djembefola, 1927-2003, Grammy award-winning, master-drummer, percussionist)   Talking Drums African musicians say that […]