10-27-17 Update

What I’m reading
I finished my notes for Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple and began reading Charlie Morley’s first book, Dreams of Awakening: Lucid Dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep. So far I’m finding it quite interesting, maybe it has something to do with his more spiritual (Tibetan Buddhism) perspective on the subject.

What I’ve been watching
I was sick one day this past week so I spent much of the day either in bed or a recliner watching the television, particularly Netflix. My daughter-in-law had recommended that I watch Sausage Party so I took advantage of the opportunity and viewed it. I’d probably seen a trailer for it on TV and I figured it was a CGI-animated frat-boy movie where a bunch of guys get drunk and try to get laid. It was nothing like that, nothing at all. I can’t really describe it yet I thoroughly enjoyed it – beliefs meet reality.

I also watched a series called Norsemen. Again, I didn’t quite know what to expect. The program description on Netflix – “The residents of an 8th-century Viking village experience political rivalry, social change and innovations that upend their culture and way of life.” – kind of led me to think it might be a documentary. It turned out to be a Norwegian sitcom and a very funny one at that. I later learned that when they filmed the series, they shot every scene twice, once in Norwegian and then again in English. I’m hoping Netflix will pick up the second season.

Quotes I’m pondering
“No costume that has ever been invented is equal in comfort to perfect nakedness.” ~ C. Crawford (1881)

“Lying naked on a beach is still a source of suspicion and contempt.” ~ Unknown

“The demand that we always wear clothing while in society causes at least four kinds of alienation: it alienates us from ourselves, from others, from nature, and from the Divine.” ~ Mark Storey

 

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07-07-17 update

Event I attended
We had a family cookout on the 4th with enough food to feed several families. We’re still eating leftovers. It was good to have the family together, well most of them. My eldest grandson was visiting Chicago with his girlfriend’s family.

A relaxing evening
After my younger son and his family had gone home, my eldest son went out for the evening, and my wife went out to visit some of her friends, I had the house to myself which is a situation that I often enjoy. With mowing the lawn, preparing for the cookout, and everything else, I was a bit hot and sweaty by the evening and ready for a shower.

Since no one else was home, I could find no compelling reason to get dressed after my shower and enjoyed several hours of I call “nude solitude.” I turned on the television and placed a large bath towel on the recliner (proper nudist etiquette) and just relaxed in my natural state. I’d occasionally get up to find something to snack on but most of the time I was just chilling out in my birthday suit. My naked time is sacred and precious to me and I don’t get enough of it. It’s hard to describe the sensations of comfort, relaxation, and liberation I feel when I can be nude for an extended period of time. It’s something that has to be experienced to be appreciated.

Facebook memory of the week
July 6, 2009: “Had that dream where I was the only one naked. In this dream everyone was totally oblivious to my nudity. It was no big deal. Cool, eh?” Facebook offered up the same memory on this date last year and I commented on it in MojoNude: Naked Dream Memory. It’s my Utopian hippie dream to live in a society where simple nudity is accepted as just another clothing option and the sight of bare buttocks, a penis, a scrotum, a vulva, or an exposed nipple is no more noteworthy or shocking than an ear, a foot, or a hand. I want to live in a world where the human body is accepted as natural and body shame is just a relic of the past that causes people to wonder how anyone could have lived like that.

Purchase I’m loving
We purchased our first new living room set in about 30 years last week and it was delivered this past Saturday. Each piece has sections that recline and they are quite comfortable. The old furniture was either 30 years old or given to us by friends so it was nice to have something new to sit on for a change. We’ll be in debt for a while but I’m hoping to pay it off in about a year to avoid interest charges.

What I’m reading
I’m still reading The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England by Carol F. Karlsen. I need to pick up my Kindle or open a book more often than I do. I guess there are too many other distractions.

Quotes I’ve been pondering
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” ~ Audre Lorde

“Why do we, as a culture and as a society, insist that we must to be protected from that which is not likely to harm us? ” ~ R.B. Romig

“No one can imagine how wonderful it is to experience social nudity without actually experiencing it. To hear it is not enough, transformation only comes from the experience of clothes free.” ~ sassycoupleok

“There’s no shame in nudity. It’s simply human. The photo of me nude is no more sexual than of me clothed. It’s all in our minds. I’m an “out” nudist. I hope more will join me. It’s time for society to realize it’s really not a fringe thing – we are your neighbors, dentists, auto mechanics, and friends. It is time to legalize simple nudity.” ~ Anonymous

“Anytime you get a wild urge to really connect with your inner self, try nude meditation. There is something amazing about releasing the standard boundaries that modern society places on you and really connecting with your inner self. Nude meditation allows all the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical benefits of meditation.” ~ Patrick Ray, Energy Healing Info

“By meditating without your clothes on, you can go back to being as you were once you came into this world. Your naked self is what truly is important, and what you could call your natural state. Many cultures teach us that being naked is something we should be ashamed about, and that we should hide our imperfections. By practicing nude meditation, I am able to disconnect my physical body from its sexual nature, and accept what I truly am.” ~ Meditation Relax Club

Something about Miley

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Here’s a rhetorical question: Why does everyone get all bat-shit crazy whenever Miley Cyrus gets naked? Maybe people can’t let got of the Hannah Montana image of her. She seems to have put it behind her. Maybe if we ignore her antics, she’ll eventually go away. She’s had her fifteen minutes of fame and then some. So let’s all be like, “Oh, Miley’s naked again. Isn’t that nice?” It shouldn’t be a big deal for anybody to get naked and I think more people should do it more often and in more places.

Once upon a time in a faraway land…

Long, long ago, in a faraway land, two friends and I were eating pizza in the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning. None of us was wearing a stitch of clothing. When I relate this story, I’m of often asked, “Why?” My answer is always, “Because we were hungry, of course.” Invariably, the response to that is, “No, why were you naked?” The obvious response is, “Why not?”

At that particular time and in that particular place we didn’t see any reason to be wearing clothes. To not be naked seemed superfluous in that situation. It was simply casual nudity among friends although, admittedly, we had only known our female companion but a few hours before we shared a pizza with her. I believe making friends is easier when you’re nude, there’s one less barrier that you have to overcome. What’s wrong with gratuitous nudity among friends?

Naked Pizza

A few days ago somebody entered the words “naked pizza” into a search engine and landed on this blog, probably finding my post of 29 September 2008, No shirt, no pants, no pizza in which I commented on a news article about a man who was denied service at a pizzeria while wearing only a pair of running shoes.

I have my own “naked pizza” memory from my youth. We were sitting around the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning, stark naked, enjoying a pizza. Why, you ask? Because we were hungry.

Banned in ‘Bama

357Alabama joins Michigan in censoring/banning nudity on labels for alcoholic beverages. Just what is the connection between nudity and alcohol that seemingly makes the two incompatible?

The Alabama Beverage Control Board has deemed that an art poster from 1895 is pornographic, forcing distributors to remove a wine bearing its image from stores across the state. The offending label carries a reproduction of an art poster done in 1895 by an unknown Parisian artist introducing the Cycles Gladiator bicycle. The poster depicts a nude woman with flowing red hair essentially flying through space with a bicycle.

The ABC claims the issue is that the label was not approved by the board. However, Hahn Family Wines of Napa Valley, California, producer of the wine, claims that the board did approve the label in 2006 and has been selling the wine in all 50 states and around the world without complaints. They’re dutifully pulling their product from Alabama shelves and are contemplating whether to change the label for wine sold in Alabama or not sell it in the state at all. They only sell about 500 cases a year in Alabama. As Bill Leigon, president of Hahn Family Wines, points out, “It’s still available in the other 49 states.”

The article is here.

National Commando Day

The first ever National Commando Day is July 31, 2009. The idea behind the day is to support prostate cancer awareness.

National Commando Day is when people will practice being unbound by their underwear together. A new level of freedom and unity will emerge knowing that others have also decided to free themselves.

Prostate cancer is a disease that men don’t like to talk about but maybe they should. Personally, I don’t have a problem with my annual prostate exam. Sure, it’s a little uncomfortable but compared to surgery or chemo therapy, it’s a minor inconvenience.

Actually, I don’t need a special day to go commando. I enjoy the freedom and comfort of it everyday (except when the cold winter wind tests my frosticles) but prostate cancer awareness is a good reason. Can I get a button to wear?

See www.nationalcommandoday.org/