Slow down

[This post brought to you by Stressless, makers of ergonomically designed recliners and sofas. Stressless believes in slowing down, being kind and saving money, while saving on the wear and tear of the body and mind. Learn more…]

I went for a jog in the park the other day, took a short cut, and stumbled over a tree root I failed to notice. That caught my attention.

A former navy pilot said to me the other day, “Direction over Speed.” Paul Simon said it decades ago in The 59th Street Bridge Song, which most of us remember as Feelin’ Groovy. “Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last.” Fast forward and today, it still makes sense.

The point is that we enjoy life more when we slow down. We make better decisions, fewer mistakes. We appreciate the things that matter more. Not to mention the health benefits that go along with slowing down, like a slower heart rate, better digestion, better sleep, a happier relationship with those around us.

Sure, our minds can act like race cars at the Daytona 500, zipping around the track, eyes focused on the car in front and behind. But traveling at speeds that defy all reason is surely going to put our minds in the shop, sooner or later.

Or, as the doctor said, “Impatience makes us patients.”



Travel Bug


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Got the travel bug?

A plane or a train is too crowded, a car is okay, but what about the crowded motels? Go by a sloop or a ketch if you can. They’re fine, but depend on the wind, and, at the end of the day, you need a safe harbor to stay.

Better to do it from a Stressless chair, where you’re never far from home. Visit Traditions Furniture in Overland Park and Wichita and experience the ultimate in comfort.


Scandinavian Design

While we are sitting at home passing time, let’s pick up a travel book and take a trip to Scandinavia.

What is Scandinavia?

Scandinavia is comprised of three Northern European countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Maybe the question should be where is Scandinavia? Technically it should stretch from Sweden all the way west to Greenland which is part of Denmark. But geographically we only think of the European countries and not their off-shoots. Besides that, Norway has remote Bouvet Island half way between Africa and Antarctica, and no one thinks of that.

When we think of Scandinavia, Norwegian fjords and mountains and ocean come to mind. But there is much more. The flat, low areas in Denmark, and the archipelagos of small islands along the coast and in between Denmark and Sweden and Norway.

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Scandinavia does not include Finland or Iceland, because the Finns do their own thing and Finland is separated from the Scandinavian Peninsula by the Gulf of Bothnia.  Iceland was settled 1100 years ago by intrepid Vikings, and keeps its unique cultural identity. Denmark is technically not a part of the Scandinavian Peninsula, but the Danes, Swedes, and Norwegians have been tossing land back and forth for millennia.


Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian design is marked by its focus on clean, simple lines, minimalism and functionality are hallmarks of construction. The beauty is in its use of natural elements like leather and wood.

It came to prominence in the 1950s, around the same time as Mid-Century Modern captured the imagination of a new generation in both America and Europe. Part of what makes it so aesthetically pleasing is its lack of clutter.

You can see examples of Scandinavian design at Traditions Furniture in Overland Park and Traditions Home in Wichita.

Trivia Quiz:

1. Stressless recliners are made in which Scandinavian country?

2. In what year did the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden take place?

3. In which country is the Nobel Prize awarded?

4. Which country produces the most oil?

5. In which country was skiing invented?


The same country is the answer to every question, and President Theodore Roosevelt was President when Norway and Sweden split the sheets.

Bora Bora

Bora Bora, a place so nice they named it twice,
Stressless, a chair whose fame is in its name,
Come to rest, come for the best,
Come to sit, come to stay, come to relax, or not at all.

Where is Bora Bora?

About 2,600 miles south of Hawaii is Bora Bora, Tahiti`s most famous island, and arguably the most beautiful spot in the Pacific.

Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to go to in their lifetime.  Few get the opportunity, but everyone can experience the ultimate in comfort in a Stressless chair.

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bora bora sunset

No Sweat

If the girl in the Peloton bike ad called the girl in the Stressless chair ad, what would they say?


Peloton girl:

Catching her breath, wiping the sweat from her face,”I love my new Peloton bike. What do you think of Stressless?”

Stressless girl:

“No sweat!”

The therapeutic advantages of Stressless recliners

Relax naturally. Designed in Norway for neck and lumbar support and natural body alignment, Stressless recliners allow your body to be ergonomically correct, and are endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. Awesome comfort! This too, the back support and headrest are completely adjustable, so it’s easy to find your comfort zone. The round base lets you swivel 360 degrees, effortlessly change direction while seated, relaxation comes naturally.

Where Superman winters


The Fortress of Solitude is a place of solace and Superman’s occasional headquarters It is a faraway spot in the frozen North, isolated and away from civilization – much like the village of Ikornnes, far up the Norwegian coast in snowy Sunnmøre County, where Stressless recliners are designed and made.

Being a super hero is no easy task. And saving the world is a hard day’s work. Therefore, it is smart to Get Stressless.


Aha in Budapest



There we were, the four of us, sitting on the railing on the Buda side of Budapest.

It was an inky black night, the Danube River in front of us while we gazed at the spectacularly illuminated Hungarian Parliament. It was gold against the black. The air was still, the weather a bit chilly for September. We sat there for the longest time, just enjoying the moment before a cruise ship rolled by in front of us.

I broke the silence, “Is this not a Zen moment?”

It was sweet Harriet with the long blonde hair who answered.

The night was black as a bottomless well
The Parliament was gold like the rising sun
Our friendship sweet as honey

I, the impromptu and haphazard haiku scholar, replied,

No one in the world exists
but we four
This special night in Budapest

“May all our memories be happy and Stressless


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50 Million People



According to AAA, more than 50 million people will take to the roads and countless more to the air to join love ones for Thanksgiving. As Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (played by the gruff but lovable Michael Conrad) said at the end of cop roll call in every episode of Hill Street Blues , “Let’s be careful out there.”

We, at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park want to add our own message: Miles apart, wherever you go, however you go, be safe, take your time. Someone you love will be waiting for you.

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