Life Out on the Highway

Stressless on the Highway?

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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.

“Yowza!”

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.

Where is Walden?

There is no Walden, Kansas. At least, not by that name. But there are lakes and ponds enough where one can go and find a restful spot. Walden, of course, is Henry David Thoreau’s book about the simple life in natural surroundings.

There is plenty of that in Kansas. Places where we may, “Live … each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign [ourselves] to the influence of the earth.”


At Maxwell Wildlife Refuge near the small Swedish town of Lindsborg, one can see the the buffalo roam. In the high plains in Western Kansas, antelope and pheasant can be spotted on hilltops. Fishing is abundant in the many lakes and reservoirs. And eagles watch overhead. Black bears, once common throughout eastern Kansas, are making their way back. It is not a bad life.

And there is room enough for a home on the range. A home for buffalo, but no moose.

We sell vintage wood signs for cabins and cottages.

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Searching for New Year’s Resolutions. Here are a few of our favorites, the kind we like to keep. Why stop at ten or twelve? Keep going. Tell us some of your favorite resolutions.

  1. Make ’em don’t break ’em [resolutions].
  2. Live simply and well.
  3. Be kind to others for your day of need will come.
  4. To give full measure and be the best that I can.
  5. Commend more, condemn less, judge not at all.
  6. To continue to look and to find my purpose in life for living changes us all.
  7. Be Spiritual for there are things we can never explain.
  8. To talk less and do less, to listen and learn.
  9. By learning constantly do better. If failing still try.
  10. To have faith in myself, to love more, and hope for a better year.
  11. To take pride but be not prideful.
  12. To realize how much I really have.

    If we could add one for fun, it would be to resolve once and for all to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.


    We at Traditions Home and Traditions Furniture wish you a Safe and Happy New Year. Come see us Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 – 5 pm. Locations in Wichita and Downtown Overland Park, serving all of Kansas and Greater Kansas City.

The Best of Times

We save time. We waste time. We rob and get robbed of time, we lose time, and we hope for more time. We even find time when a friend is in need. But the best time is time spent at home with family and friends laughing and talking about good times and bad.

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Time well spent

My wife came into the family room where I was musing and said,

“Honey this room is a mess. There are books on the floor, mirrors and pictures to be hung. There are pots everywhere and an antler or two. Why, I almost tripped on that basket looking for you. It’s a zoo, don’t you think?”

“Darling,” I quietly said, “Every object, every item, every picture on the wall is a memory of a trip we made when we were young, and in love. Come with me now, sit on the sofa, arm in arm. Let us call to the kitten, let her purr while we recall. Remember the foolish things that we did when we were young and in love, thinking, someday, we’ll have a house just like this.”

So she sat by my side and I gave her a kiss. Then we looked out the window at the new fallen snow and she said, “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and the fields that it kisses them so gently?”

“In a Wonderland [we’ll] lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die: Ever drifting down the stream – Lingering in the golden gleam – Life, what is it but a dream?… And remember who [we] are!” Alice Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

Blue Periods

Am I Blue?

Many artists have had their Blue Periods.

Renoir’s “Blue River” is a beautiful depiction of the blue Seine with white clouds and blue skies overhead. Even when Renoir painted umbrellas on a rainy day, he infused the canvas with blues to lighten the moment and calm the spirit. Renoir often painted women and girls in blue, because blue is pretty. But blue could be a case for reflection and for some, like Picasso, a time of introspection that borders on melancholy.

Better to stay on blue’s softer side. It’s a very soothing color that calms your mind, slows down the heart, lowers your blood pressure and reduces anxiety, creating a little peace of mind.

Are there blue skies in the future?

Shop Traditions Home for sofas in blue from Theodore Alexander.

Detail, Umbrellas by Pierre Auguste Renoir,
Image, Great Britain’s The National Gallery and Wikipedia.

In the early morning

Up in the morning ’tis me
Up in the early morning
Out on the purple lake I row
Waiting for the fish to wake

Not a bird in the sky
Not a sound disturbs the stillness

Except the oar and the water
Up in the morning ’tis me

Stresslessly living

In the early morning, softly, child-like, the stillness spoke to him in whispers; he was alone on a lake whose shores stretched on beyond his vision, the water mirroring the sky, an ever-evolving canvas whose colors turned from black of night to deep purple, then crimson and red, before the sun rose above the horizon and lit up the sky in yellow and blue; for these few moments he embraced an aesthetic contemplation he could not express, but could only feel, face to face with the human capacity to wonder and enjoy.

Stresslessly living, ’tis for me.

Sleep Well

A good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy and happy life.

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It is no mystery that sleeping poorly affects your health. You wake up grumpy and groggy. Your reaction time is shot, that is why you are slow to getup, to get going. Restless nights stop the stomach from processing dinner, lowering glucose levels, the energy your body needs. Have you ever experienced a morning headache? No sleep, that’s why. Can’t remember where you put your clothes, what you have to do that day? Impaired memory is a sad consequence of bad sleep.

Why, one can even blame “bed head hair” on rolling around in bed.

Our answer to a good night sleep is a beautiful bed from Stickley. Along with a good diet, healthy exercise and a stress free life, it goes a long way to sleeping well.

Shoes not necessary

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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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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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