TAD (Tobacco Acquisition Disorder) Gone Wild

Have you ever had this thought cross your mind: your tobacco cellar, chock full of all those terrific blends from yesteryear, are likely to outlive you! Yes, I have! Just the other day, when I was taking stock of the elder cellar, of which I pride myself upon, a light dawned. Ladies and germs, uh, […]

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A Special Time

Well, here we go! A new year is upon us. Not only a shining New Year but also a new Decade! Would somebody please tell me what happened to the last decade? It slipped by me somehow. My New Year’s Resolution otherwise referred to in Punditland as NYR, is to pay more attention to life […]

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Cirrus Clouds of a Smoky Christmas

Let’s call this a Christmas story, cut in half. There are significant influences in our lives other than pipes and tobaccos, as you know. I don’t believe I just wrote that. You can probably think of many others who have inspired and motivated you during this time of giving and remembering those who have meant […]

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As Time Goes By

Neerup Classic Pipe

Okay, here is the scoop, just in time for Thanksgiving and bird-carving: My opposable thumbs have become opposing digits. Imagine! In other words, after years of typing on everything from an ancient Underwood the size of a modern-day airplane carry-on bag and advancing all the way up to nano-sized smartphone keyboards, my thumbs have decided […]

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Numero Uno on the Colorado Bucket List for Pipe & Cigar Aficionados

Havana Manor, Longmont CO

In the fire and fury of Colorado’s early beginnings – millions of years ago, mountains were pushed up to massive heights like wrinkles in a crumpled rug. Over the vast eons of geologic time, the Great Rocky Mountains climbed skyward, elongating from Northern British Columbia down through central New Mexico and on West. One of […]

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We Are the Inheritors

Some Thoughts on Pipes and Tobacco: The history of pipes and tobacco have always been a fascination for me, and I suspect, you as well. That history is chock full of rich surprises and downright fantastic backstories. Take for example this tidbit: Try to date the beginnings of tobacco. You, there in the back with […]

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Forty Years of Leaf and Bowl with Friends and Heroes

The heart of every pipe smoker beats precipitously faster at the thought of that one go-to pipe in his or her collection. Let’s talk pipes and tobaccos, shall we? We all love our pipes and tobaccos, right? And most of us have the pipe addition affliction, and the tobacco addiction affliction, which means we are […]

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A Pipe for All Seasons

The heart of every pipe smoker beats precipitously faster at the thought of that one go-to pipe in his or her collection. Call it, “A Pipe for All Seasons.” Now, the heavens aren’t going to open with a magnum opus chorus with colorful birds zipping around with pretty bunting strips. No. But, if you smoke […]

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The Zen of Pipe Smoking: Peace and Renewal

Fred Brown It took me to what one might call my Codger years to really learn, I mean really learn, how to properly smoke a pipe. In my youth, I was busy chasing my tail like a confused canine. I was the proverbial smokestack. Fast and furious. You talk about tongue burn! I had burnout! […]

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Life’s Meaning Through Our Pipes

Fred Brown There are times, it seems to me when old lessons are the very best teachers. Like hard knocks. They just keep on tapping. For example, listen to a few hoary catchphrases I created, found, or edited just a bit: “If a thing can whip you, it will; “Start out like you can old […]

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