1959, How your mom looked

1959, President Dwight Eisenhower, Premier Nikita Khrushchev and their wives attend a formal state dinner at the White House. The rest of America wanted to go to the beach and enjoy pure summer fun.

Popular television – “Rawhide”, “Bonanza” and “The Twilight Zone”.

Movies – “Some Like it Hot”, “Ben Hur”, and “North by Northwest”.

Books – A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Hawaii by James A. Michener, Goldfinger (James Bond, #7) by Ian Fleming.

Castro takes Cuba. Khrushchev debates Nixon. Alaska and Hawaii become states. Dad wore a suit and a tie. Mom rang a bell for dinner and yelled, “Don’t be late!”

Is this how your mom looked?

In the midst of winter…

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer… And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger –– something better, pushing right back.”

Albert Camus, Summer in Algiers

I like to think of it (the force that pushes back in the dead of winter) as the hope of spring, the warmth of summer, a passing cloud on a sunny day, a gentle breeze, the power of a simple flower to create a smile in the midst of winter, the knowledge that things will get better.

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Universally regarded as an “existentialist,” Albert Camus called himself an artist and not a philosopher. I’ll leave it at that.

Quoizel Tiffany lamps use the technique invented by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Starting at the top and working down, pieces of cut and trimmed glass are placed on the shade using a copper foil and then joined together to make a beautiful pattern.

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The Good, the Lovely, and the True

Out of time, beyond the sun,
All are one in Paradise, …
The Good, the Lovely, and the True

Rupert Brook, Tiare Tahiti

Baby, it’s cold outside

It is now a balmy 14°F, having warmed up from a frigid 9°F. The wind speed is 11 mph, which normally is not bad, but today it’s bone chilling. And if I could be anywhere in the world right now it would not be Kansas, nor Saskatoon, where it is -15°F, and where this Arctic air mass began.

Nope, I’d rather be Stressless in Tahiti, reading the poetry of Rupert Brooke.

Out of time, beyond the sun,
All are one in Paradise, …
The Good, the Lovely, and the True

Rupert Brook, Tiare Tahiti

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Young and handsome, charming and talented, Rupert Brooke was a national hero even before his death off the Greek island of Skyros in 1915 at the age of 27. (He was on his way to Gallipoli.) Perhaps his best known poem is The Soldier, about death on the battlefields in World War I.

On a lighter note —

Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?”
― Rupert Brooke, The Old Vicarage, Grantchester

Cats like cities, will reveal themselves at night.

Home Work

The Harvey Ellis Console Desk, classic style, well suited to your work-at-home world.

This versatile piece is crafted of solid quartersawn white oak with an elongated Harvey Ellis worldly inlay embellishing both side panels. It features a 48 x 20-inch surface, plus a shelf for a laptop or cable box that’s accessible from both sides and accommodates cables.

Plenty of room for a laptop and monitor. The piece also functions beautifully as a console behind a sofa, beside a bed, or in an entryway.

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I Want to Be Alone

Social Distancing, Time Out, Happy Place, Dreamland, Paradise, by any name it’s Stressless, featuring the new PowerLift version.

At the age of 36, having made 27 movies in 19 years, Swedish movie star, Greta Garbo, decided to retire from the movies, leaving with us with the quixotic saying, “I want to be alone.” It is a phrase Stressless owners understand well.

Plus, there is more…

Until March 8, get a free leather upgrade on Stressless seating. Go from one grade of leather to a superior grade at no additional cost.

Or take $300 off the extremely comfortable Stressless Sunrise recliner in all Paloma leather colors. Choices include a Classic base, a Signature base, Power™ recliner and office chairs. The Stressless Sunrise Power recliner has the motorized PlusTM -system allowing you to adjust the footrest and backrest for ultimate ease and comfort with the touch of a button.

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Fabulous February

It’s February, the month sandwiched in between chilly January and indecisive March when spring is just around the corner.

It is Fabulous February, short and sweet. The month for the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, the start of Mardi Gras, Presidents Day, when you get a day off from work, and National Drink Wine Day, when you need the next day off from work.

Have you forgotten those New Year’s Resolutions?

Not quite. You are still committed to those New Year’s Resolutions, but somehow not as strongly. The resolutions once written down, are lost in the pants you washed last week. The weights you religiously pumped every day in January now sit forlornly in the corner. The pants are a little tighter, the closet a little more cluttered, that new book sitting beside the bed unread.


One thing you can do to get re-inspired is to Get Stressless. Take a deep breath in, let go of your frustration, and relax. Good, now you are ready to get back on track.

But not for another 23 seconds.