It’s the journey, not the destination

Life indeed is about the journey, not the destination, as there are many more things to see along the way, than when we get there.

How about the cool, clear stream we must cross, the flower that grows beside the path, the sunlight on the grass, the summit far, far ahead, … my aching feet and back, the pebble in my shoe, that bright red blister on my heel, the bottled water I left behind, … the Stressless recliner I have at home, a frosty beer, all this and so much more… 🤔

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Toot Your Own Horn

Forgive me while I boastfully toot our own horn.

First, a bit of trivia before I talk about the beautiful furnishings we showcase in our two stores in Wichita and Overland Park, the fine service, the historic neighborhood locations, the great employees, and friendly atmosphere, but first, a word of explanation about the origins of the phrase “toot your own horn.”

Tooting one’s own horn

Proudly, America can claim this idiom as its own.

Toot your own horn,” originated in Colonial America about 1776. We proudly presume as a “declaration of our self-independence”. No more marching in step with a British band. No bending of knee to the British Crown. No proclamations from a bewigged foreign parliament.

We stand on our own.

The self-assured words appear in the “Warren-Adams Letters”* as “I think modesty is highly overrated as a virtue — my motto is ‘Toot your own horn lest the same never be tooted.‘” Sometimes we like to say “Beat your own drum,” that fits in nicely with the well-known painting by A.M. Willard, The Spirit of 76, better known as Yankee Doodle, that shows two drummers and a fife leading a column of patriot soldiers after a bitter fight. This painting was made on the centenary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

We here at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park like to “Toot our Own Horn.” We carry the finest American manufacturers like Stickley, Vanguard, Sherrill, Century, and more. Beautiful furniture makes beautiful homes. Backing this up is the friendly, knowledgeable staff that will help you find the perfect sofa, table or bed for your home.

Traditions Home, tooting its own horn since 1984.

Closed Sundays and Mondays, because we can.

  • Warren-Adams Letters, 1767-1822, — letters between John Adams, Abigail Adams, and Samuel Adams; plus Massachusetts legislator James Warren, and author and historian Mercy Otis Warren. Correspondents include Governor of Massachusetts James Bowdoin, statesmen John Dickinson and Elbridge Gerry, generals Henry Knox and Arthur Lee, and George Washington. The particular author is not identified.

Lake of the Ozarks

Ahhh, Stressless

A Stressless morning at the Lake of the Ozarks

Our friends have a home at the Lake of the Ozarks. In the early morning, before the sun rises high in the sky, before the speed boats take to the lake, when a gentle breeze stirs the leaves in the trees, when I think, for a while, I have the lake all to my own, the feeling is truly Stressless.

Stressless — calm, tranquil, peaceful and untroubled, serene and restful. She enjoyed a stressless hour of peace and quiet before everyone awoke. Stressless recliners, the ultimate in comfort and relaxation.

Traditions Furniture in Overland Park and Wichita

Do I Have to Draw You a Picture

Ikornnes, Norway

Do I have to draw you a picture?

If I were speaking a foreign language I could understand — you don’t get it. But then, not everything translates. Jokes for instance. Or love, but love is its own language. So, too, the experience of sitting in a Stressless sofa or recliner, the ultimate in comfort.

Experience it, you’ll love it.

“Do I have to draw you a picture?”

It is my puzzled response to those who do not understand the extraordinary comfort of Stressless sofas and recliners. Designed in Scandinavia (Ikornness, Norway) and chock full of patented technology that is too hard to explain.

Trust me. No, don’t trust me. Try sitting in the Stressless Emily sofa right now. At Traditions Furniture in Downtown Overland Park, and in Wichita, and at other fine Stressless retailers from sea to shining sea.

More idioms when you don’t get the picture.

  1. Are you really that clueless?
  2. What planet have you been living on?
  3. Adrift on a raft in a fog in the endless sea?
  4. You are walking on a deck as thick as two short planks.
  5. Are we one sandwich short of a picnic?

Stressless, experience it to know it

Life Out on the Highway

Stressless on the Highway?

Get Stressless

Life out on the highway is not always stressless. Aging Baby Boomers who were Born to Be Wild, have changed their motorcycles for campers, strapped a couple of bikes to the back, and set out for America’s National Parks, only to find long lines and no campsites.

Then there is the gas tank worry. A full tank of gas for your RV can cost up $600.


As I say, life out on the highway is not always stressless. But it can be Stressless at Home.

Get Stressless in Kansas

In Kansas, one can get Stressless recliners and sofas at Traditions Furniture in Overland Park and in Wichita.

The Road to Manlius

Manlius, in Upstate New York, is located near the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. It is 17 hours by car from Kansas City along Interstate Highways, 70, 71, and 90. Along the way, there are sights to behold.

You could drive to Manlius, New York to buy Stickley or just shop Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park.

Stickley Furniture, in Manlius, New York, featuring the NEW St. Lawrence collection as well as Mission, Highlands, Pasadena Bungalow, Walnut Grove, Park Slope, and more. Fabulous furniture made for a lifetime, in Kansas, exclusively at Traditions Furniture and Traditions Home.

The Road to Manlius, New York

Our Ten Favorite Road Trip Quotes to Say on the Way:

Not all those who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Road is the Way, the Way is Home”


“I say this, who am Mathurin Kerbouchard, a homeless wanderer upon the earth’s far roads. I speak as one who has known hunger and feast, poverty and riches, the glory of the sword and the humility of the defenseless.”

Louis L’Amour

“All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.” 

Jack Kerouac

“Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.” 


“You may not find a path, but you will find a way.” 

Tom Wolfe

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” 

John Steinbeck

“Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore.”

Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz

“Are we there yet?”

The Kids in the Back Seat

“Bobby is sitting on my side of the seat, and I have to pee.”

More Kids in the Back Seat

Note. Manlius, New York is located in Upstate New York near the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. It is 17 hours by car from Kansas City along Interstate Highways, 70, 71, and 90. Along the way, there are sights to behold.

Blue Skies Gray Clouds

It has been raining here for so long that I have come to believe I am not in Kansas any more. (Dorothy knows what I am talking about.) Perhaps this is misty Portland or rainy Seattle, or cloudy Norway.

Then, I got to thinking. In Norway in summer, the days are longer, so when the sun does come out, isn’t it twice as nice? And rain brings rainbows to dazzle and delight.

Sykkylvenfjord, where Stressless was born

This Stressless offer will make you smile

Throughout July, receive a $100 instant rebate for every $1,000 spent on the NEW Stressless Mike and Max recliners and/or the Stressless Emily and Mary sofas.

Sayings from the Stressless chair

“The weather is always fair, viewed from a Stressless chair.”

Here are a few more Norwegian proverbs to brighten your day.

“The fair wind blows even if the sailor does not see it.”

“There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.”

“A good anvil does not fear the hammer.”

“Better to have one bird in the hand than ten on the roof.”


Emily sofa

Contemporary, Modern, Mid-century,

Serving Kansas since 1984

Our name says Traditions, but the look says much more — Contemporary, Modern, Mid-century, even Minimalism. We celebrate the art of interior design with the same attention to detail upon which we have built our reputation. Traditions Home in Wichita and Traditions Furniture in Overland Park represent a sophisticated number of collections from manufacturers including Theodore Alexander, Sherrill, Stickley, Century, Rowe, Paul Robert, Jessica Charles, Lilian August, Ekornes, Hancock and Moore, guarantying that you get the very best in the very latest fashions in the styles you love from Traditional to Modern.

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