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?”




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.


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


House, Bishop and Melba, Bishop Arts

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


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.


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.



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.



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.



Stressless Skyline



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


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.


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?



Sykkylven fjord where Stressless recliners are made

I am enthusiastically orange


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What color are you?


ekornes e200 and stressless city

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.

Stressless Metro Palomino Henna

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.


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.

Merida – Temple of Diana




The Roman colony of Emerita Augusta (today’s Mérida) was founded in 25 BC by Emperor Augustus. It was settled by soldiers discharged from two veteran legions of the Cantabrian Wars: Legio V Alaudae and Legio X Gemina. These wars, which Augustus personally supervised, were the final stage of Rome’s two-century long conquest of Hispania.

The Temple of Diana was built as part of the city forum in the first century AD. It stands on an elevated rectangular base. The facade has six granite columns with Corinthian capitals. Archaeologists believe  a garden and pond lay beside the temple.

The attribution of the religious temple to Diana is uncertain.


Show your true colors


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Did we mention that Stressless recliners are shipped all over the world from Ikornnes, Norway? Made in Norway – a fitting statement for this sleek and comfortable chair.

If you would like to pick up the chair yourself in Ikornnes, Sykkylven Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway, here are the directions:

From Oslo by car it is eight and a half hours to Geiranger in Møre og Romsdal county on the Storfjorden.

By boat take your time and enjoy the spectacular views of the fjords, named best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet. Eventually, follow the Sykkylvsfjorden, about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of Tusvik, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north of Straumgjerde, and about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) west of the municipal center of Aure via the Sykkylven Bridge.

In winter come early as the sun sets about 4 o’clock.

On a cold, dark winter’s night, what do Norwegians dream of?

Spring, of course.


You can enjoy your Stressless recliner in all the colors of the aurora borealis.



On Top of the World

Adults are obsolete children. – Dr. Seuss


I’m sittin’ on top of the world


My children are my biggest gift in life and my biggest challenge.

At first you want to protect them from all the misery the cruel world will throw at them, then manage their every move so they are not hurt badly, and finally you are ready to let them loose, and soar to heights unimagined. And when, on their own, they do something quite remarkable and are happy, you think, job done. You’re sittin’ on top of the world.

Good God in heaven, isn’t it nice to sit back and relax and let the next generation take over.

Check out NASA’s image on Flicker.


photo credit, Goddard and NASA

Sit, stay, sip, go

It is five o’clock somewhere and in a Stressless recliner it is always five o’clock.


I love that I can sit in my favorite Stressless recline, relax in comfort, and go anywhere in the world, if I make up my mind to do so.




Visit Thomas Keller’s restaurant, Bouchon,  at the Venetian. Have a glass of wine.

Keller says. “Going to Mondavi or Franciscan is a great way to begin.” Graduate to “Colgin Cellars in St. Helena which produces beautiful Cabernet and Bordeaux-style blends … exemplary of the terroir of Napa Valley.”

Open the bottle, let it breathe, take a sip, close your eyes and you are there.

Stressless philosophy 101


Is this for real?



a symbol is a thing that stands for something else

Stressless philosophy 101 –

A symbol is a thing that stands for something else, existing in thought as an idea. A chair is a symbol of a great place to sit when it is Stressless. It is really a great idea to sit in one.

Get your reality check at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park.


Stressless Voyager recliner

No one makes a recliner like Stressless. Since 1934, manufactured in Norway, where the winter nights are long and relaxing is always on one’s mind. Stressless recliners in all the colors of the Aurora Borealis.

The Voyager recliner by Stressless – something to inspire, something to still the soul, more than a symbol, a great place to relax.