I wish it would stop raining

It has been raining here for weeks. At first a welcome rain, but now it is a bit too much and I want to escape.

Deep in the green forest, far from the madding crowds, where the sunlight pierces the trees, and all kinds of animals call, the water falls, graceful and serene.

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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.

What matters most

What matters most is family. It’s is our only constant, the North Star that points us home.

Brrr, but warmed by the love a family.

‘Home,’ he mocked… ‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.’ Robert Frost

No matter what – through thick and thin, in health and sickness, they are always there. Your role will change. From doting parent, to guiding hand, to one who pays the check, through holidays for years to come. Come home! It’s the circle of life. And that’s beautiful – because this is your herd, no less than the elk crossing the river in Spring, Monarchs fluttering on a summer breeze, salmon swimming up stream in Autumn, wild geese flying South in Winter, to a place they call home.

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Here you belong.

Together Again

Memories made together last a lifetime. #stressless #traditionsfurniture

I am curious, distracted, forgetful, lose my phone and my glasses when I go out to eat. Evenings I like to be tipsy by six. I read Horace and Seneca and can quote Shakespeare by heart, but find Milton a bore. I miss my wife, until, we are together again. I refuse to hang up my coat. I throw clothes in my closet til they make a big pile. I don’t always answer my phone. I blame others when something goes wrong and snore when I drink. I dream often, that is, when I find time to sleep; rise early, and watch the sun rise, and remember the good times and sad. I drink coffee, but that makes me pee. I pick the weeds from my grass, mow the yard, rake the leaves into neat little piles.

Does that make me a little OCD?

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Mischief Night

Mischief Night is an informal holiday the day before Halloween when children and teenagers engage in pranks and vandalism, i.e., knocking over the outhouse, smashing pumpkins, dog poop in a bag at the doorstep. Other names include, Devil’s Night, Goosey Night, Moving Night, and Cabbage Night.

The costumes are made (or more likely bought), the kids are itchin’ to get out of the house; it is not Halloween, but Halloween Eve, a night made for mischief, for ambitious kids who jump the gun on the fun as soon as it’s dark.

Mom and dad are out buying candy, thinking it’s dandy we’ll have the house for ourselves. But who would have guessed that a ghost would show up, knowing it’s almost Halloween.

Why did he come, where was he seen, this Halloween Eve? At the bar in the den looking for boos, then to the ice box in the kitchen for a little dessert?

And what does he like?

Ice cream, of course.

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Stress Less Vacations

Alesund, Norway

We now offer Stressless vacations. These vacations are available world-wide and right now some of the favorite spots are right here in the good ole USA. That is not to say that traditional spots like Italy, France, and Norway will not come back to us. It is just that Americans feel a little safer right here at home.

And, as Dorothy, the little girl from Kansas who loved to travel, said, “There is no place like home.” Home in a Stressless recliner remembering those wonderful trips, like this one to Alesund, Norway, at the entrance to the Geirangerfjord, and the gateway to Ikornnes where Stressless recliners are made.

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Shoes not necessary


Shoes not necessary

There are obvious benefits to meditation. They include: gaining a new perspective on life, creating new skill sets, increasing self-awareness, focus, reducing negative emotions and increasing positive vibes. Meditation slows down the process of living and that gives us more time for enjoying the things that matter.

One can, of course, travel to a mountaintop, remove one’s shoes, and assume the lotus pose, or one can find a Stressless recliner, lean back, close your eyes, and relax.

Learn how to do this at home…

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On a Wing and a Prayer

Col. E.C. “Bud” Laedtke, USAF (bottom row, second from right)

I once had a friend, Laedtke, E.C. “Bud”, Col., USAF, now deceased, a business mentor, but more than that, a friend with whom I could discuss the ways of the world. He piloted a B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber named “Ack Ack Annie” during World War II, flying out of  Bassingbourn, England on bombing runs over Germany and in tactical support of the Allied landing in France. His plane was part of the 91st Bombardment Group, unofficially known as the “Ragged Irregulars.” Now when, at the end of the day, I sit in a Stressless Wing recliner thinking of days gone by and friends long gone, I am reminded of Bud, and the World War II phrase, “She’s coming in on a wing and a prayer.”


On a Wing and a Prayer

When the odds are against you and it doesn’t look good, when you are struggling mightily to hold things together, saying a prayer, looking above, this phrase comes in handy:

“I’m coming in on a wing and a prayer.”

The origin of the phrase rightfully goes to many World War II pilots whose crippled flak ridden planes limped back to base. God only knows how.

In 1942 and 1943, slow moving bombers were regulary shot down, averaging a down plane with every 12 flights. 1Lt. Hugh G. Ashcraft Jr., an American B-17 pilot on The Southern Comfort was returning from a bombing run over Germany when, over Holland, flak took out one engine, the oxygen, and the rudder. The plane was on fire when Ashcraft told his crew, “Those who want to, please pray.” The plane made it over the English Channel reaching the White Cliffs of Dover before the crew bailed out.

In the 1942 movie The Flying Tigers, written by Kenneth Gamet and Barry Trivers, John Wayne’s character, Capt. Jim Gordon, was told “She’s coming in on one wing and a prayer.” In 1943, a song Comin’ in on a Wing and a Prayer was written by Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh. In 1944, the movie Wing and Prayer starring Dana Andrews and Don Ameche was released.

Since then the phrase indicates hope for a good outcome and optimism for a better day. Something “Bud” heartily believed in and always shared.


Hit the Beach

Happiness is a walk on the beach.
We’re free to go where we wish and to be what we want.


Let’s hit the beach!

Kick off the shoes, feel what it is like to have your feet in the sand, let the sun’s warm rays shine down on your face, breathe deep and smell the ocean air. Out of the corner of your eye, catch sight of palm leaves swaying in the gentle breeze. As you walk along the shore, listen to the ebb and flow of the waves. Gaze at the horizon and take in the blue skies and white clouds. Observe the seagulls, wings outstretched floating on the wind. Imagine what it is like to fly.

You are not even there and yet, I sense you are relaxed, at peace, serene and stressless.

Now, do this at home. Get Stressless.


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Robinson Crusoe

“I was born in the year 1632, [in the tumultuous reign of Charles I, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland,] in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull. He got a good estate by merchandise, and leaving off his trade, lived afterwards at York, from whence he had married my mother, whose relations were named Robinson, a very good family in that country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but, by the usual corruption of words in England, we are now called—nay we call ourselves and write our name—Crusoe; and so my companions always called me.”

Lost on a Desert Island

Thus begins the tale of Robinson Crusoe, third son of an ancient father, not inclined to any trade, but for the want of adventure, sailed on a ship that led to many adventures and calamities.


Words of Wisdom from the Chair

Knowledge comes from learning, wisdom from experience. Here is a little bit of Robinson Crusoe’s wit and wisdom:

“It is never too late to be wise. [And never too late to read a good book and learn.]”

“It is impossible to set down the innumerable crowd of thoughts that whirled through that great thoroughfare of the brain, the memory, in this night’s time. I ran over the whole history of my life in miniature, or by abridgment, as I may call it, to my coming to this island, and also of that part of my life since I came to this island.”

“…[N]ow I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.”

“Those people cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them because they see and covet what He has not given them. All of our discontents for what we want appear to me to spring from want of thankfulness for what we have.”

“I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted…”

“Sudden Joys, like Griefs, confound at first. ”

“I could not forbear getting up to the top of a little mountain, and looking out to sea, in hopes of seeing a ship : then fancy that, at a vast distance, I spied a sail, please myself with the hopes of it, and, after looking steadily, till I was almost blind, lose it quite, and sit down and weep like a child, and thus increase my misery by my folly.”

Before I leave my desert island, I would like to say a word about how to destress:

Sit in a Stressless recliner, take a couple of deep breaths, relax, and imagine you are on a beautiful island.”