They’re Some Jolly Good Fellows, Alright!

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In fourteen hundred ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Like many, I remember that rhyme from my early school days. A time when history came out of a book, and no “Wiki” appeared in its title or text. While it’s nice to have the hyper-linked world at our finger tips, one must wonder just […]

Missed Conceptions Entangled in Questions

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A mind is a terrible thing to waste Virginia’s a wonderful thing to taste   A diamond, it’s said, is akin to forever To seek out the perfect tobacco? I never   They told me to run in their shoes and Just Do It I tripped on the wrong combination and blew it   At […]

The State of the Union Jack

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I was fortunate enough to have vacationed this summer in the United Kingdom. Split between Scotland and England, I managed to commandeer enough time away from the missus to seek out some tobacco shops and observe the general public presence (or lack thereof) of our pipe and cigar smoking counterparts across The Pond. In the […]

I Never Smoked for My Father

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  My father smoked only cigarettes. I can recall the day when he announced he was going to quit. I was twelve years old at the time. As far I could ever tell, his staunch and determined Cold Turkey approach worked perfectly. I never saw him smoke, or sensed he had been smoking again ever […]

Giving Up the Ghost

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  I get a lot of requests from understandably misty eyed nostalgics for current day matches to long gone blends of the Bygone Era. Of course, how far the era has gone by depends on how long ago you went through that formative age of pipe smoking. Usually, it would involve remembrances of trips to […]

Episode VII: Silverware, You Are

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    Pipe smokers tend to be easy going, but like anyone else, tend to be stubborn at times about asking for directions. When they decide to stop following the force and seek some guidance, the role of little green Jedi is one I find myself eager to perform. One particular fork in the road […]

Celluloid Smokers

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I find it fascinating to pick out instances of pipe smoking in films and print. Whether it be found in  “almost films” like television productions  or internet digital media, or perhaps in more unusual places like bumper stickers or tattoos (not a reference to Fantasy Island), it seems the recurring problem is the relatability to […]

The Great American Dream Experiment

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 As a “VaPer Lover”, I usually classify my purposeful excursions into Aromatic and English blends under “Market Research”. I do get an urge for Latakia now and then, especially when I’m digging in the dirt, or find myself walking along a trail, or otherwise in a Sherwood Forest sort of mood. After the typical youthful […]

Wake Up and Smell the ‘Baccy

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 We hear it all the time. “My dad smoked Captain Black, and I always loved that smell. Send me seven tins, just like last month!” “Can you tell me if you have a tobacco that has a strong cherry aroma? My grandfather always had a pipe going and I’m trying to find it now… Came […]

The Genius of the Pipe

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“…So it shall be for all time. If discord has broken out between two beings, let them smoke together. United by this bond, they will live in peace and friendship thereafter.” -Attributed to the Great Manitou, the Great Spirit. The ritualistic use of tobacco smoked in pipes by native Americans is appropriately linked to the […]