As I was finishing the intro segment to today's show my mother called me and told me that my grandfather had passed away. He had been diagnosed with bone cancer for quite some time now and his health has been fading.
To the extent you can be prepared for death, we were. Before his health was waning, he gave me almost all of his tobacco pipes and they have become my flagships for pipe-smoking (yes...only in moderation while practicing temperance).
There has been something therapeutic about having them I suppose. Almost like keeping a piece of him with me.