Smoke & Fears:

 I have to make a confession: I am an inveterate tobacco lover. Some of my fondest memories are of sitting around a fire at night, lost in a smokey haze, surrounded by faces of friends only dimly recognizable, all of us puffing away on cigars or hand-rolled cigarettes. On such occasions, tobacco is nothing less than a sacrament: A divine spirit which is intimately associated with the elemental grace of Fire.

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The Big Chill:

For many eons, our ancestors regularly gathered around the fire. Here they shared the big stories that gave life meaning. Around the fire, they laughed, danced and reaffirmed their bonds to one another. Here they encountered the Great Mystery. Through heart and fire, they found their connection to the deep wisdom of those who came before them. This state of grace is celebrated in the story of Genesis as the Garden of Eden before the Fall. The great march of history from Eden to virtual reality is really a retreat from the warmth of the heart into the coldness of the mind. 

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