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.

A place we call home

Amid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like

Home Sweet Home

The cold weather, gray and gloomy, still and quiet, got me thinking about staying home, about touching songs and poems about homes.

Home on the Range is popular in Kansas, but it is about being away from home, out on the range, under the stars. Gee Ma, I Wanna Go Home — Kids sang it at summer camp and Dolly Parton gave us a funny version. Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver and Our House by Crosby, Stills, and Nash — both warm the heart. Grandmother’s House, we all sang in unison at Christmas time.

Home Sweet Home is the one we love best, the one that makes us cry.

And here are a few more poems.

Far from the city’s dust and heat,
I get but sounds and odours sweet.
Who can wonder I love to stay,
Week after week, here hidden away,
In this sly nook that I love the best–
This little brown house like a ground-bird’s nest?

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A perfect home is heaven’s door,
It’s built of loving deeds,
No angry frown nor biting word
Will sow discordant seeds.

No selfish wish nor cruel act,
Will in this home be found.
No thought of self will have a place,
For each to each is bound
By ties of love so pure indeed,
So helpful, so serene;
That door seems portal of high heav’n,
Rich treasures there are seen…

Ardelia Cotton Barton

…Restore to me that little spot,
With grey walls compassed round,
Where knotted grass neglected lies,
And weeds usurp the ground.

Though all around this mansion high
Invites the foot to roam,
And though its halls are fair within —
Oh, give me back my HOME!

Anne Bronte

There’s no place like home, said three times with feeling.

A line from the Wizard of Oz

Kansas Weather

Okay, from where I am sitting, it is gray and rainy, the weather is cool, the skies are cloudy. It has been that way for a week here in Kansas and will likely remain so for another week.

For Kansas, this is other worldly, Irish maybe, Seattle like, certainly more akin to the rainy, foggy Northwest, maybe Scandinavian gloom, where summer hath too short a stay.

No Camelot, Kansas is known as hot, dry, windy, and droughty, a word we don’t hear too much today.

Ah, but the rain has colored the Flint Hills an emerald green, the prairie flowers of May are in bloom, the Indigo and phlox purple, the tiny thin Spiderwort blue, the Wild Prairie Rose pink, the Mallow, yellow, white, and pink, the Iris, appears yellow along the river banks, and purple in my yard.

Ah, but the loveliest flower of all is the Peony, dressed in pretty pink as if for a party.

Isn’t it time to Get Stressless?

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I Want to be Alone

Greta Garbo, the elusive Hollywood actress of the 1930s, star of Grand Hotel and many other films, is best remembered for one quote: “I want to be alone.” Often pronounced, “I vant to be alone,” with a deep drawl and Swedish accent, the quote means different things to each of us.

To those of us at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park, it simply means, I want my own seat.

Not a Sofa or a Sectional, but a Chair

I want a chair, not a sofa or sectional, preferably a swivel chair because it is especially nice to go this way and that as your mood swings, happy in the knowledge that you control your own sense of direction and destiny.

Greta Garbo did, and never regretted it, not for a moment.

Mind you, Greta did not want to be Macaulay-Culkin-like, Home Alone, just alone in her own chair. In a Life magazine interview in 1955, Greta explained:

“I never said, ‘I want to be alone,’ I only said, ‘I want to be let alone! There is all the difference.”

Trivia — Greta Garbo’s penultimate Hollywood film was Sunset Boulevard, 1950, playing the aging actress Norma Desmond, alongside the ill-fated screenwriter, William Holden. Her last movie appearance was a cameo in Airport, 1975.

Speaking of Chairs

Speaking of chairs reminds me of Dionne Warwick singing Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s A House is Not a Home

“A chair is still a chair,
Even though there’s no one sitting there.”

Not true, for not all chairs are equal. Sherrill chairs are simply made better. So, have a heart, shop Sherrill, made in Hickory, North Carolina, by craftsmen and women who care.

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