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2005 Charles Peterson 140th Anniversary Pipe

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency—Virginia Woolf Lately, I’ve been on a Virginia Woolf reading binge. It’s been an assignment my daughters have given me, to, uhm, broaden my literary horizons. And I’ve been surprised a bit. I must have missed Woolf in my college English Lit days. I was too caught […]

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New Pipe Year Resolutions

W. Somerset Maugham

A new year and a brand new canvas! Thank goodness. It is time to move on and look toward a brighter time. And with that, how about some New Pipe Year Resolutions straight from the Pundit Resolute Desk! Although these are Pundit Resolutions for the New Pipe Year, feel free to claim as your own […]

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A Season to Remember


Yes, dear reader, the Pundit has lost it! Blame it on lingering aftershocks of Thanksgiving stupor. Too much turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, cornbread, green beans, and the whole Thanksgiving-Christmas continuum overload. And, yes, the Pundit has purchased, yet another, Peterson Christmas pipe, or two, to prove the Pundit always practices what […]

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Now that we have concluded America’s pressing business, well, so to speak, it’s time to move on to more important events. Such as, there is not much time left for two big tent occurrences: Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping. For us pipe smokers, a month or two is a blink in time. See, we put in […]

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‘Tis the Season

Okay, so the world is coming to an end! Do not panic. Remember, this the “howling month” of Halloween. Do not despair. The Pundit says “supposed” final endings are passing fads, they come, and they fade away. Nothing to fret over. Just get out your pipe and favorite tobacco, fill up a bowl, light, and […]

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You Can Go Home Again

Triple Self Portrait by Norman Rockwell

September is always a good time to think about what’s next. Such as the end of summer, the start of fall, and football, maybe? There is always hope. I know, that’s too Pollyanna for most tough guy pipe smokers. But maybe we need more hope and less reality now. Or something. Our pipes and tobacco […]

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The Old Wood

Old Smoking Pipes

Remember the annals of a former time in the pipe world? An era when the old wood meant grabbing a beautiful smoking pipe off the rack or reaching for a basket pipe on the counter in your favorite brick-and-mortar shop and taking it home to break it in for future smokes? Yes, the good days. […]

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Independence, Nature and Now

Now that we are in the month of America’s independence, our national holiday celebrated, of course, July 4th each year, requires a moment of reflection. America’s founding fathers were pipe smokers and planters of tobacco. By the time of the nation’s independence and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, tobacco was an integral cash […]

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Of Pipes, History and Culture

Van Gogh Self Portrait with Pipe and Straw Hat

“. . . . I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?” ― Vincent Willem van Gogh I’ve long admired Van Gogh’s paintings and sketches of pipe smokers, but especially his self-portraits with his pipe and golden straw hat. And if you too are an admirer of […]

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Turning Toward the Light

Author Stephen Crane

The future ain’t what it used to be—Yogi Berra Despite the dark intrusion of Covid-19 into our daily lives, social joys and reality, and the end of baseball season as we knew it, the Pundit refuses to give in to despair. Take, for example, what that great New York Yankee baseball Hall of Famer, three-time […]

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