Thank you all for your kind welcomes!
This woman's take on our hobby is; the world would be a much better place if more women indulged.
Now a disclaimer. I was the little girl in pigtails and a frilly dress with skinned knees covered in dirt being a daredevil. I took auto mechanics instead of home econmics. I would rather my husband buy me a new rod and reel or Sig Sauer than diamonds or flowers. Until recently, most of my adult life I worked in a very male oriented career field. Don't get me wrong I love my spikey heels, fancy clothes, and perfume too, but all of my female friends know not to invite me on their shopping trips and a manicure would be wasted on me as I will have my hands in the dirt as soon as I get home. So I guess you could say I am not a typical female. I do not know any other female pipe smokers.
“Nowhere in the world will such a brotherly feeling of confidence be experienced as amongst those who sit together smoking their pipes.” ~ Doctor Barnstein.
If women could/would drop their guard and be open minded while sitting around a fire while trying out a new blend, I believe a lot of those little things they tend to get worked up about would not even be a passing thought. If they could experience a touch of the "brotherhood" that men do, there would be a giant change in the world.
The great philosophers are men. Most of them were pipe smokers. Coincidence? I think not!
How could anyone feel more content or more thoughtful than when taking a slow steady draw from your favorite pipe packed with a delicious blend?