How to light a cigar properly

The cigar is undoubtedly one of the fascinations of many men across the globe. In order to derive optimum pleasure from the cigar, it is important for the lighting procedure to be performed conscientiously.

Know how the cigar is to be lit up the right way

  • Firstly, you need to cut the cigar’s tip using a tool that is meant to undertake this specific task. It can be guillotine cutter or special cigar cutters.  Do not cut excess or little, but approximately 1/6” to derive the perfect draft. Prior to cutting the cigar, make sure that it is moist. Ideally, you are likely to use a humidor to keep the cigars in perfect condition. In case, you do not have a humidor, then you should moist the cigar gently using your saliva, by placing it in your mouth. This will ensure that the cigar does not crackle.
  • Secondly, use a wooden stick or gas lighter to light up the cigar. Cedar wood stick is quite ideal for this purpose. Avoid using treated matches or gasoline lighter as it is likely to affect your cigar’s taste.
  • Thirdly, hold the cigar with its angle pointing downwards to flame, thus keeping it above burning flame. Rotate it gently and keep it there until there is glowing of cover leave all around its perimeter. When lighting, it is not necessary to take a puff. Once the cigar is lit, you can take pleasure in smoking it.
  • Do not inhale it to your lungs. Rather take slow drag, allow the smoke to stay for sometime within your mouth prior to exhaling it. Before you go for the next puff, allow it to rest for approximately 15 to 20 seconds. The cigar is not to be allowed to get extremely hot. Cooler the smoke, the more pleasure can be derived.
  • Remember to keep ash on the cigar tip for a longer duration. It will specify about your cigar’s quality. The ash is likely to for longer time in finer quality cigars. Once the ash pillar is eliminated, roll gently the tip against the ash tray. Once you have puffed 1/3rd of your cigar, you are at its peak. This is known as the ‘Golden Third’.

If you are done with puffing and are not finding the taste to be any good and want to quit, then simply stub it out. Even you can leave the cigar in the ashtray till it goes out on its own.

The Difference Between Being Smart, Educated, and Intelligent


Alfie Kohn, author of the book What Does It Mean To Be Well Educated? poses the question, does the phrase well educated refer to a quality of schooling you received, or something about you? Does it denote what you were taught? Or what you remember?

I contend that to be well educated is all in the application; the application and use of information. Information has to be used in order to become knowledge, and as we all have heard, knowledge is power.

Most people are aware of the floundering state of education in this country on some level. We tell our children that nothing is more important than getting a “good” education, and every year, due to government budget shortfalls, teachers are laid off, classes are condensed, schools are closed, and many educational programs – especially those which help the underprivileged – are cut.

The reality is, we don’t really value education. We value it as a business, an industry, political ammunition, and as an accepted form of discrimination, but not for what it was intended: a means of enriching one’s character and life through learning.

What we value as a society, are athletes and the entertainment they offer. The fact that a professional athlete makes more money in one season, than most teachers in any region will make in their careers, is abominable. There’s always money to build new sports stadiums, but not enough to give teachers a decent (and well-deserved) raise.

Ironically, the best teachers don’t go into the profession for money. They teach because it’s a calling. Most of them were influenced by a really good teacher as a student. With the mass exodus of teachers, many students are not able to cultivate the mentoring relationships that they once were able to because so many are leaving the profession – voluntarily and involuntarily – within an average of three years.

At the high school level, where I got my start, the emphasis is not on how to educate the students to prepare them for life, or even college (all high schools should be college-prep schools, right?), it was about preparing them to excel on their standardized tests. Then the controversial “exit” exams were implemented and literally, many high schools were transformed into testing centers. Learning has almost become secondary.

This mentality carries over into college, which of course there’s a test one must take in order to enroll (the SAT or ACT). This explains why so many college students are more concerned with completing a course, than learning from it. They are focused on getting “A’s” and degrees, instead of becoming degreed thinkers. The latter of which are in greater demand by employers and comprise the bulk of the self-employed. The “get-the-good-grade” mindset is directly attributable to the relentless and often unnecessary testing that our students are subjected to in up board result 2018 schools.

Alfie Kohn advocates the “exhibition” of learning, in which students reveal their understanding by means of in-depth projects, portfolios of assignments, and other demonstrations.

He cites a model pioneered by Ted Sizer and Deborah Meier. Meier has emphasized the importance of students having five “habits of mind,” which are: the value of raising questions about evidence (“How do we know what we know?”), point of view, (“Whose perspective does this represent?”), connections (“How is this related to that?”), supposition (“How might things have been otherwise?”), and relevance (“Why is this important?”).

Kohn writes: It’s only the ability to raise and answer those questions that matters, though, but also the disposition to do so. For that matter, any set of intellectual objectives, any description of what it means to think deeply and critically, should be accompanied by a reference to one’s interest or intrinsic motivation to do such thinking…to be well-educated then, is to have the desire as well as the means to make sure that learning never ends…

Fit for love

I have a story to tell: when I was 28 years old, I weight 342 pounds.  I was at my sister’s wedding, as the maid of honor, and there wasn’t a dress that would fit me.  It was one of the most embarrassing, and worst days of my life.  I relived that day and my embarrassment over and over for years to come.

The one good thing that happened was that I decided to make a change.  I knew that I needed to lose weight, so I set about a rigorous exercise program and diet to make a big impact.  It wasn’t just about the dress size, I wanted to be desirable.  I wanted guys to call me their girlfriend, to hit on me, to approach me like a normal woman.  The changes that I needed to make sure that I was macked on and desirable were obvious, and I reached success!

Now I weigh 142 lbs, going strong on 6 months now.  I don’t even miss the things I used to eat and the lounging on the couch.  More importantly, guys are all over me now.  It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had.  I go to a bar, and it’s pickup central – guys picking me up, me picking them up, sometimes I even get a good conversation going!  It’s so much fun to be one of the girls, rather than just a blimp that tags along.

I wish I had some secret diet formula, or secret way to attract men, but I have neither.  It’s all about setting goals and accomplishing them.  Knowing what you want to achieve, and getting out there and doing it.  It’s hard, it’s really hard, we all know that.  But once you get to the other side of the finish line, there’s nothing better.

Let me know if you all need any encouragement, I’m always here!  Go out there and get fit for the man of your dreams!