I read this article and have enjoyed the pipe ever since — enjoy.
by Jeff Culbreathhttp://christianpipesmokers.net/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=118523 I've never been good with dates, but some few years ago I decided totake up pipe smoking. This decision was not made lightly. No otherform of tobacco use has ever appealed to me, and in fact I haddeveloped quite an anti-tobacco prejudice due to years of effectivesocial indoctrination. Besides, cigarettes actually repulsed me,cigars were loud and ostentatious, and chewing tobacco waspermanently wedded to an image of the adolescent rednecks I knew inschool. Yet I had always enjoyed the pleasant fragrance of pipetobacco. Often as a young man, while running some errand or another,I would wander nervously into tobacco shops for no apparent reason,compelled by some mystical attraction. It wasn't merely the"forbidden fruit" syndrome or idle curiosity — I had no intention oftaking up the habit and no desire to learn of it — but was ratherinvited by something almost ghostly, something I might have callednostalgia if it had been more familiar.Less mystically speaking, part of the attraction is certainly theassociation of pipe smoking with a vanishing Old World civilization.Pipe and tobacco shops, for instance, are the last bastion of theold merchant class, now disappearing into a sea of dull andimpersonal corporate bigness. (The only thing like them today arethe used booksellers.) A good tobacco shop is a time warp. There isno background music, no television. The courteous gentleman behindthe counter calls you "sir" and is eager to talk shop. He knows histrade, and he probably knows your name. Gray-haired men look onsilently, tell corny jokes, laugh politely, argue about politics,and reminisce about love and war. No one is in a hurry. This isbusiness with a human face, a thing worthy of preservation.Pipe smoking ought to be recognized as a cultural asset, acorrective for the many defects and dysfunctions of our modern age.As a leisure activity, smoking a pipe takes a considerable amount oftime and trouble. There is the routine of packing, tapping,lighting, and cleaning. There are the many tools and accessories. Todo anything else at all while simultaneously smoking a pipe requiresskill, experience, and a good deal of personal composure. In ourtechnological age of quick fixes and instant gratification, pipesmoking teaches manual care and patience. In a world where newnessand sensationalism rule the day, pipe smoking provides ritual andfamiliarity. In a capitalist economy where "efficiency" is exaltedabove all things, pipe smoking glories in tradition and revels inculture. In a work-a-day world where people are always on the go,pipe smoking requires that you stop and smell the tobacco, so tospeak.Dare we say that puffing on a briar inculcates virtue? Yes,we dare say! Now we come to religion, sex, and politics -- everyone's favoritesubjects.First, I am aCatholicby conviction and communion. This is most