New Year’s Resolution

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If I am going to stick with a New Year’s Resolution in 2017, it might be this:

Go not where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The thing about resolutions is that they are often abandoned and forgotten like a clod upon a field. Still, if even a glimmer of the resolution is kept, we create a whole new person with a whole new outlook on life. This thought leads me along the path to one of my favorite authors, Roald Dahl, who said:

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

Magic is a wonderful thing. It makes life exciting. It makes life likeable and livable. I am not speaking of Las Vegas magic, I am speaking of the magic of finding something new in life, of discovering that learning never ends.

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Home for the Holidays

This year, I will be home for the holidays.

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My grown children are arriving soon from Colorado and Texas. Dear guests will drop by. My aunt will  be making cookies and pie. I’ll be buying the beer and wine.  It is the least and the most I can do. And the cold days and long nights give rise to thoughts like these:

The highlight in December is Christmas
A day we are all waiting for
When family and guest gather round
To listen to the sound of carols
To share presents under the tree
To raise a spirited cheer
With a glass of wine
To throw a log of wood on the fire
And stare at the flickering light
But out in the hills and valleys and woods
At night
The animals gather too
Underneath the twinkling stars
To ward off the cold and dark
There below the heavenly skies

To experience the beauty of the snow and the silence

Home Sweet Bruges

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Where to find the best chocolate in Bruges?

Pralinette,
L’Atelier du Chocolat
Wollestraat 31b
B-8000 Bruges Belgium

http://www.pralinette.be/

Bruges is a beautiful city of cobblestone streets and market squares. One gets about by foot or if, one is in a hurry, by bicycle. But the best way to travel is by accident, exploring the back streets, the canals, and medieval buildings, discovering what makes this city so unique.

Serendipity is the idea of finding something nice by accident. Serendipity can also be sweet. Nice and sweet is the best chocolate in Bruges from Chocolaterie Pralinette.

Where to discover Stressless Bliss recliners?

Homefurnishers.com where one can shop online from anywhere for Stressless recliners and more.

http://homefurnishers.com/product/stressless-bliss-recliner/

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Stressless Bliss recliner, signature base, paloma rock

Color makes the difference

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Manhattan sofa by Ekornes

With its gently sloping contours, Stressless Manhattan is a stunning example of an original Stressless design. A fixed back and curved wood finishes gives the Manhattan a serene sense of style, cosmopolitan and elegant as the name implies.

Available in a traditional three seat sofa, a two seat loveseat, and chair.

The leather Paloma, the color metal grey is a time of reflection and a sign of change. Neither black nor white, the color illuminates the way forward in this sometimes cold world.

How color makes all the difference in the world.

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Like the sun, yellow signals a brighter day. Yellow communicates the beauty of the world. Yellow is the scientist and the poet, constantly analyzing, methodical and decisive, joyous and curious, looking and discovering what makes life meaningful.

What is your color?

Homefurnishers sells Stressless in all the colors of the rainbow.

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Gentle reader, let me leave you with this thought from John Locke, “We are all a sort of chameleons, that still take a tincture from things near us,” meaning: the color of the world we surround ourselves with gives substance to our souls. Locke wrote these words in Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693), concluding with the observation, “nor is it to be wondered at in children, who better understand what they see, than what they hear.”

Gentle reader, we do not need to understand what it takes to be happy, it is enough to see it in the smile of a child who sees for the first time the beauty of a rainbow after the rain.

Let me ask again, what is your color?

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Metropolitan

 

“God doth not need either man’s work or his own gifts;
who best bear his mild yoke, they serve him best.
His state is kingly.
Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and [watch].”
Better still, they serve who act while others wait.
They give, let others take…
Stay, I can’t be still when I know not
If I shall see or live another day.

John Milton’s poem, On His Blindness, was written while Milton was going blind, or shortly thereafter (circa 1652). At the same time, Milton lost his first wife after she gave birth. A son soon died. Milton went on to write his twelve-book epic poem, “Paradise Lost,” after becoming totally blind.

Celebrate Back-to-School Days

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The kids are up early, fed, and ready to go.

“Honey, what day is it?” dad asks.

“Hooray, it is Back-to-School Day!” mom says.

“How are we going to celebrate?”

“Stresslessly!”

 

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Celebrate Back-to-school Day

The end of August means back to school.

Today, kids are sentenced to 9 months of reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic; and, let’s hope, a topic that will prepare the little tykes to take over when parents are ready for the easy chair.

Time to think about how we are going to pay for those college years. Back-to-School Day, what a relief.

Super-moms and Super-dads celebrate the day Stresslessly.

Find your favorite school supply, a Stressless recliner at Traditions Home

Did you know?

The history of public education in America is a long one. In 1635, the Boston Latin School was founded. It holds the distinction of being both the first public school and oldest existing school in the United States. By 1642 the Massachusetts Bay Colony made youth education compulsory and other colonies followed Massachusetts’ lead.

Why even out here in Kansas schools were top of the list when settlers set up farms and cities out on the prairies.

One room schoolhouses popped up like prairie flowers. They were built of logs or sod when trees weren’t available and throughout the Flint Hills, limestone was used. Usually, there were two front doors. One for boys and one for girls. A potbelly stove kept the kids warm in the winter. A jack rabbit and some wild onions might be fare for lunch. A well and a pump provided fresh water. An out house, two of them, a safe distance from the school was built. At first, seats in the school  were planks, old logs sawed in half. Boys and girls put their piece of slate in their laps and carefully traced letters the schoolmarm put on the board. Pictures of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln hung on the wall.

Back in the day, granddad and grandma would proudly say they had to walk two miles to school through snow each day, and uphill both ways at that.

 

Dallas, Texas

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Let us go to Dallas.

More to the point, to the Bishop Arts District across the Trinity River from Downtown to the intersection of Bishop and Davis Streets, a small entertainment district in Oak Cliff. Leave the world of tall buildings. Discover funky restaurants, chic boutiques, yummy pie shops, massage, it is all here. Small entrepreneurs all, none of the mass retailers and chains who have sold their souls to the almighty dollar. This is the real deal, the cauldron of entrepreneurship. Hands on ownership is what it is about.

At least for now. The day is coming and not too far off when development will take over and change the face of the Bishop Arts District.

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Bishop Union

For now at the corner of Melba and Bishop stands an old house, destined for demolition and redevelopment. It has been turned into a work of art, a combination of Matisse and Pissarro, an impression of beauty inserted into a world of restaurants and retail.

 

Blessed are they who find beauty in small things in humble places where others see nothing. Camille Pissarro

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House, Bishop and Melba, Bishop Arts

Why, they even thought to add some tables and a tire swing to the back yard.

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Dallas Strong

Enjoy Bishop Arts and the Stressless E600 sofa, a sleek, modern design with elegant lines and tall, slim armrests.Hidden underneath the chic cushions lies the Stressless ErgoAdapt™-system, which automatically adjusts itself to support you in all angles and positions, whether lying down or sitting up and watching the passersby.

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Bishop Arts

The fortress of solitude

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The boss is hounding you at work or the kids are screaming at home. Or you find cable news too pervasive. Sometimes a guy or a gal has just got to get away.

 

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Ikornnes, Norway

 

That goes for Superman too. He created his Fortress of Solitude as a place of solace and peace, and picked the Arctic as a place to chill. Your spot of solitude needn’t be so cold.Nor need it be a location – a place will do, a Stressless recliner in your den, living room, or bed room.

 

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Stressless Skyline recliner, Ikornnes, Norway

 

The patented Stressless Glide system responds quickly and smoothly to your body movements. Stretch and the chair moves. Even the Stressless base is designed for comfort Your body doesn’t naturally stay in one position for long. The Stressless round base lets you swivel 360° while seated. In a cabin on a mountain, see the world from a Stressless recliner.

Stressless Skyline – a modern recliner with a retro touch, a balance between modern and traditional, an affinity to almost every environment including the Arctic.

 

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Stressless Skyline

 

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Hills behind Ikornnes, Norway

 Today’s weather in Ikornnes, always beautiful in a Stressless recliner.

 

Within four degrees of the Arctic Circle and at a latitude of 62 degrees, Ikornnes, and the Sykkylven fjord on which it lies, is further north than Anchorage, Alaska and every major Canadian city. In the summer there are 20 hours of daylight and in the winter 20 hours of darkness.

With time on their hands, the Norwegians design and make the best recliners. Norwegians hail the coming of spring, but ever cagey, they say, “En svale gjør ingen sommer.” One swallow does not summer make. And, “Tålmodighet og tid kan gjøre gode ting.” Patience and time make good things possible.

Sea Fever and Stressless

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Since the printing press …, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few.
–  John Masefield

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Stressless Crown recliner

Sadly, one could expand on Masefield’s observation about the printing press and include television (and the iPhone) which was not around in 1912 when Masefield published Salt-Water Poems and Ballads, which contains Sea Fever, one of his most beloved poems.

 


“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.”


The discerning Stressless man or woman is a poet at heart and a sea-faring sort. The empty chairs tell us that both of them have gone down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy’s life.

Thanks to the internet, you can find more poetry at the Poetry Foundation.

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Stressless Crown recliner

In this day of fast cars and jet planes, does anyone know what it means to be at the will of the wind and the sea? Poetically, John Masefield sets us asail.

Interesting that Masefield speaks of the seas, plural. For he understood that, from time immemorial, man’s destiny was to set sail and adventure into the unknown – a human need expressed by the Carthaginians, the Greeks, the Vikings, the Spanish and the Portuguese, and certainly by the Polynesians who sailed into the vast Pacific Ocean for thousands of miles on balsa rafts aided only by their intuitive powers.

That is faith.

Now, I have a dilemma. Do I play on my iPod, Enya’s Sail Away, or Christopher Cross’s Sailing?

 

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Sykkylven fjord where Stressless recliners are made

I am enthusiastically orange

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What color are you?

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If orange then you present a golden aura of enthusiasm, encouragement, attraction, fascination, creativity, and determination. And that adds up to success.

Not a bad lot. To the eye, orange is hot, though not so hot, flamboyant, or aggressive as red. Not so serene like blue or green, you want action. You are a doer.

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Stressless Metro Palomino Henna

You prefer sunshine to a cloudy day, a trip to the tropics and not Sweden, your favorite book is the Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer if you are not reading a steamy novel by Sylvia Day. When you sit and read, you like to sit in Stressless Paloma Clementine.

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Stressless City Paloma Clementine

Paloma Clementine is only one of 130 finishes and colors you can choose from.

If you are none of those great things and orange is not to your taste, there are many other Stressless colors to choose from.