"It's ok, I have been making the rounds, and trying to send everyone a pipe who has made Master, but it is taking me awhile to catch up
The meerschaum is a little on the large side, but would be perfect for Lat blends or aromatics. It also came with a Syroco pipe rest, fashioned after a horses head. The bamboo pot is a little gem, made by a guy in South Africa. The Barlings was restored by Chance Whittamore out in California, but the bamboo pot and CAO Meerschaum are unsmoked and in new condition."
"I should be able to get it in the mail to you on Tuesday. If I get a call from my boss, asking me to roll out to Arizona tomorrow, it will probably be first of next week before I can get it out. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I won't hear from him until Tuesday, and if so, I can drop the package in the mail to you when the post office reopens on Tuesday. My regular run picks up in Arizona on Thursdays, which would make it necessary for me to leave on Monday, but I am guessing I won't hear from my boss on New Years Day."
That's the last I heard from him. He never replied when I messaged him that I had received the pipe.
All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another.
~ John Donne
Much we can do for ourselves; and what we can do we must do -- healing, no less than illness, is participatory. But even when we do all we can do, there is, often, still much left to be done. And so we turn to our healers, seeking their skill to aid in our struggle for wellness.