Category Archives: The Pipe Pundit

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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We Will Prevail

Grantland Rice

The greatest deception men suffer from their own opinions—Leonardo Da Vinci, 1452-1519 Pay attention, boys, and girls. I’m only going to say this once: In this time of 16th and 17th-century thinking, if you surmise that the sky is falling, frogs are raining down, and clouds of locust swarms have you terrified, take heart. Here […]

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Old Dogs and New Tricks


This is going to hurt you more than it does me. Well, maybe. You know the adage you can lead a horse (I prefer a mule) to water but can’t make it drink! Or the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. My favorite is you can’t teach an old dog […]

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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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