07-14-17 Update

What I’m reading
I finished reading The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England by Carol F. Karlsen. I found it interesting and quite informative. Although these witch trails occurred over 300 years ago, I see similarities in the way the conservative movement’s attempts to regulate women’s heath care and reproductive rights. In America we have nearly a 400 year history of fearing independent women and and in the current regime that fear is as prevalent as it was in the 17th century.

Our society still holds centuries old assumptions about women’s place in society and how they ought to behave. We also have a deeply embedded tendency in our society to hold women ultimately responsible for violence committed against them. That tendency and those assumptions still grip us as much today as they did in 17th century New England. However, that paradigm seems to be in its death throes and the longstanding patriarchy is desperately trying to hold on to them as women continue to voice their discontent and dissatisfaction. I say good riddance to it.

I’m now reading Lucid Dreaming by Charlie Morley. I’ve had an interest in the subject and I want to learn more about it. I’m finding that it’s not as easy as I’d thought it would be. Maybe I’ve perceiving it as more difficult than it is or I just need more practice and open my mind to it.

What I’ve been listening to
This week I listened an episode of Star Talk Radio, called Let’s Make America Smart Again. The discussion talked about what draws scientific talent to a university or a country for that matter. It’s not necessarily about the money but rather the quality and intelligence of the colleagues and post graduate students they work with. By cutting funding to public universities and dumbing them down, we do our nation a great disservice. We can make America great by shoring up its educational institutions, particularly in public education and by making Americans smart.

We become great by attracting greatness and being in the company of greatness. We cannot create greatness on our own. We are not great because we declared ourselves to be great but because the world perceives us a great.

What I’ve been watching
Though it’s in the ‘chick-flick’ genre, I recently watched the first season of Anne with an E on NetFlix. It started with my granddaughter wanting to watch it and I kind of got hooked.

Quotes I’ve been pondering
“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” ~ Aung San Suu Kyi

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” ~ Aung San Suu Kyi

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today is National Nude Day and this week is Nude Recreation Week. I don’t have any particular plans for these occasions. I really don’t need a special day or week, just a place and an opportunity. Here are  a few related quotes:

“Nudism is about comfort, freedom, friendship, and acceptance. Nudism is a way of life and a belief that the nude human body is not inherently sexual or obscene. We only have one body and one life to live. We should learn to accept ourselves and others as they are and for who they are.” ~ Anna Smith

“Don’t be so serious. Don’t make nudism a religion. It is a thing of joy. Try to get some joy into your own system! Let it overflow, so that it may spread among your friends!” ~ Julian Strange (1934)

“Why should we think nudity is such a revolting thing in a land where there is so much violence and corruption and racism and hatred? Nudity seems like a welcome relief from all the bullshit in life.” ~ Anthony Kiedis


Friday Update (03-03-17)

What I’m reading
I finished reading The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England by Mark Morris. The book was a good historical account of the events leading up to and following William the Conqueror’s invasion of England to take the crown promised him by his cousin, Edward the Confessor. For me it was of historical and genealogical interest. I’m a fan of English history and William the Conqueror is quite likely my 29th great-grandfather.

Next, I read The Tower of London by Alison Weir. The book was a bit shorter than expected given the Tower’s nearly 950 year history. It seemed to be an overview of the Tower’s history, leaving me yearning to learn more about many of the events that took place within its walls.

I’m currently reading Co-ed Naked Philosophy by Will Forest. I’d been hearing about this work of naturist fiction for a number of years and finally decided to read it. It’s apparently based on actual events and deals with a group of college professors and students who disrobe for a philosophy class. It also deals with the characters’ experiences with public nudity at an unofficial nude beach, streaking on campus, and other situations. Throughout the story the author echoes many of my own ideas about naturism, body acceptance, and nudity.

Concepts and ideas I’m toying with
Nudity as our natural state. After all, we come into this world naked so it’s our default state. Clothing is something we add to the default so it’s an aberration. All clothing is manufacture, it’s not natural. Therefore, wearing clothing is not natural, though we’ve been been conditioned to believe that it is. Wearing clothes may have become normal but that doesn’t make it natural.

Man’s war against himself. Actually, this idea germinated with the previous concept. If nudity is our natural state then it seems reasonable to assume that being nude is, at some level, a primal part of our nature that has been culturally suppressed over many millenia. When we look at the history of the world, we see that civilization has generally been a conflict with Nature. As civilization and technology advanced, we escalated the war on Nature and separated ourselves more from it. But we are a part of nature so the more we try to separate ourselves from it, the more we separate ourselves from our own nature and our humanity. At some point our war against Nature escalated to include humanity and ourselves among the enemy, making us the enemy we seek to destroy. Ultimately, we are the war’s casualties. I’m certain the mankind will fight the war until we bring about our own extinction and Nature prevails as it always does.

Parties I’ve attended
I first learned about Dayton Warm Breezes (DWB) back in October but it was only this last Saturday that I attended on of their events, a house party at a member’s home. Other than everyone being naked, it wasn’t any different than any other house party. A masseuse was available to give massages and the host had a hot tub all warmed up but I didn’t partake of either. It was the first time I’d participated in social nudity in quite a while (having been exclusively a home nudist for the past few years) and I realized that I had, indeed, missed the social aspects. I still enjoy my nude solitude but there needs to be a balance. There’s another house party coming up soon and I’m planning to attend and formally join the club.

Games I’m playing
Words With Friends. I’ve been playing this Scrabble-based game on my mobile phone for a couple weeks now and it constantly reminds me how much my vocabulary, which I had believed to be above average, have slipped over the years. My 14-year-old granddaughter consistently trounces me. But she’s never shown me any mercy when it comes to games.

Quotes I’m pondering
“Dangerous does not mean exciting or bold. It means likely to cause great harm. The most dangerous idea is the only dangerous idea: The idea that ideas can be dangerous.” ~ Daniel Gilbert

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That’s our problem.” ~ Howard Zinn, Failure to Quit

These quotes have particular relevance as the extremist conservatives who have infested our government at the highest levels work to destroy every great accomplishment our nation has made in the last century. Ironically, they’re doing it under the battle cry of “Make America Great”. If anything, these people are destroying America’s greatness.

Monthly Detritus Report (11-12)

Random chatter from the Monkey Mind as it leaps from limb to limb, howls, scratches its balls and flings feces at passersby…

  • 02
    • We can choose to honor naturalness rather than condemn it… Naturist Math ~ East Texas Area Naturists
    • You’re Welcome (For What It’s Worth)
    • November 2nd, Christmas music in Walmart. Why am I not surprised? One holiday at time, please. I have nothing against Christmas and I like the traditional carols, but each holiday in its own season. The Christmas season begins on Black Friday.
    • Do we really ever get our shit together? Eleven Steps to a Happy Life | My Joy Practice ~ Heather Church via Yoganonymous [I miss being the age when I thought I would have my shit together by the time I was the age I am now.]
  • 03
    • Watching The Big Lebowski That was one weird-ass movie. I loved the Dude but the movie was weird.
    • Watched Dr. Detroit … classic Akroyd
  • 04
    • From a long lost fragment of a dream: “Men want to drive the cars of the bourgeoisie.” I have no idea what it’s supposed to mean.
  • 05
    • @RevRick: I’m driving the pickup truck of the proletariat.
  • 06
    • Erection Day. We’ll probably be screwed no matter who’s victorious.
    • @RevRick: Probably best to supply your own condoms & lube.
  • 08
    • Love the irony. Another reason I don’t participate in the madness. “Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.”
    • What a few minutes of focused breathing and a 10-minute meditation can do. No epiphanies, no revelations, no enlightenment. Just a few blissful moments of silence, peace and calm. Sometimes that’s just what’s needed.
  • 09
    • Happy Birthday Buddha!
  • 10
    • Tried to obtain a “Certified pre-owned” phone through Verzion store, web site and customer service. After an hour of frustration, finally went to Amazon and got another Droid X for $115. Thanks a lot Verizon. Will activating it be as painful? Why do we have to be slaves to our wireless carriers?
  • 11
    • Veterans Day. Let us remember all veterans past and present from all nations. They may have served for different reasons, different ideologies, different national policies but they all share common sacrifices. The best way to honor our veterans is to exercise the freedom they served to defend. Exercise your freedom every day. Question authority. Hold officials at every level of government accountable. If they are not serving the citizens, they are not serving and should be removed from office. We have the power to hold our government accountable and we need to exercise it or lose it.
    • Good advice. “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – John F. Kennedy
    • Why can’t we do that here? (Other than the oil companies’ stranglehold on our collective testicles.) – “German solar powered plants produced a world record 22 giga-watts of electricity per hour, equal to 20 nuclear powered stations at full capacity. Solar power in the United States has been demonized as a ‘Left Wing conspiracy’.”
    • I shared this within 5 seconds. TEDxSF – Mel Robbins – F— YOU – How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over
  • 12
    • Today is November 12th. Veterans’ Day was yesterday. I’m still planning to get a free meal somewhere this evening.
    • Dining with my wife at Texas Roadhouse, Huber Heights. I enjoyed my free meal.
  • 13
  • 14
    • Waiting for Rx at Wright-Patterson AFB Medical Center. Muscle relaxants and steroids. Better living through chemistry.
  • 15
  • 16
    • Excellent, fully agree with it. Our Humanity Uniform
    • Lunch with Tina at Frisch’s in Huber. My GPS thinks I’m in Vandalia. … GPS finally found me – with Justina Romig at Friches Big Boy.
    • Watching Barbarella. Not a great film but pleasantly quirky. I had forgotten how bad an actress Jane Fonda is.
  • 17
    • Watching “1984”. I think it’s supposed to be a warning not a manual.
  • 27
    • Acting as the responsible adult until such time as I am relieved of my post.
  • 29
    • Came home to find a hole where the end of my driveway used to be. Hope they finish the job tomorrow. And I hope my neighbor doesn’t mind us using his driveway to access ours via our front lawn.

Compiled from this month’s Twitter and Facebook entries.

Monthly Detritus Report (05-12)

Random chatter from the Monkey Mind as it leaps from limb to limb, howls, scratches its balls and flings feces at passersby…

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  • 07
  • 09
    • All the stupid people where do they all come from? All the stupid people where do they all belong?
  • 10
    • Buddhism and Nudism — Perhaps God should have asked Adam and Eve, “Who told you that you had to cover what I created and called good?”
  • 11
    • Some mornings it just doesn’t seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps. ~ Emo Phillips
    • So that explains the stench in Washington, DC: “No. Politicians don’t wanna scare you, they wanna keep you stupid. Fear is just the smell when ignorance takes a shit.” (Shitmydadsays)
  • 13
    • I can relate – “The sum of my life is no more than these three words: I was raw, I got cooked, I got burned.” (Rumi)
  • 15
    • I feel sorry for those who go through life pre-offended, their minds closed to everything. It must be such an empty existence.
    • I dislike technology that nags. Give me simple, clear, written instructions and let me work at my own pace.
    • I don’t respond well to nagging and being rushed. It leads to increased resistance (Ohms) resulting in a need for more Oms.
    • Can we test this with a toaster? “The Internet thrives off negativity like the pink slime in Ghostbusters 2.” (Funny or Die)
  • 16
    • I have a problem with willful, malicious ignorance especially when it’s institutionalized. That, my friends, is the root of all evil.
    • Being a nudist has nothing to do with morality and ethics nor does it have any impact on one’s ability to do their job in the textile world.
  • 22
    • Fear and freedom cannot coexist in the same heart. Yet most would wallow in their fear rather than embrace their freedom.
  • 25
  • 28
    • I advocate openness and transparency if at all possible. We need to lift the veils of secrecy that foster ignorance and intolerance. (Secrecy Is Killing Naturism ~ Mark Cornick, Nude, Renewed)

Twitter Detritus (09-10)

Here is September’s dosage of mental flotsam and jetsam in chewable, easy-to-swallow, tweet-sized bites:

  • 01 – Good hot yoga class. This looks like it will be a great Yoga Month.
  • 02 – (From the past) After 5 years I discovered that the Gates of Hell were not locked and I had always been free to leave. So I left.
  • 04 – Great yoga class this morning, refreshingly different.
  • 05 – RT @All_Nudist: RT @NYNudist: A great day to be nude. Retweet if you like just being naked.
  • 08 – Enduring the inconvenience of clothing for the comfort of others.
  • 09 – Thinking the universe owes me a lottery win. Money can’t buy happiness but it can remove a lot of obstacles to it.
  • 12 – Good yoga class this morning. Now at home enjoying some T.N. and seriously thinking about lunch.
  • 12 – @All_Nudist: Pulled my stuff from SB a long time ago. Not to say they don’t have copies. Every pic they had is on my blog anyway.
  • 12 – Still enjoying my T. N. and now giving serious consideration to what I’ll fix myself for dinner. What leftovers can I correctly identify?
  • 13 – Ugh, Monday again. Back to the grind. Am I going north next weekend? I don’t know yet.
  • 13 – RT @spoiledyogi: All things in life are temporary… It’s a comforting thought on a Monday morning. [Yes, it is. Thanks!]
  • 16 – Someone is skinning mice at work and leaving them there. Should I call PETA? I’m tired of replacing them.
  • 16 – Enjoying some T. N. this evening. Will I enjoy it so much I skip my yoga class? Doubt they’d let me do it in that state.
  • 16 – Really good yoga class tonight, working at my edge. The edge moved out a bit in a few poses, feeling accomplished without attachment.
  • 20 – First hot yoga class in a while. I sort of missed the heat.
  • 21 – RT @yogadork: RT @veganyogini: @SarahKohl @yogadork @ashdyogi I like to say that I’m not changing, I’m becoming me.
  • 23 – Good yoga practice tonight. I’m thanking my body for carrying me through it with a slice of banana cream pie. Om nom nom (new mantra?)
  • 25 – Jar lid said “Easy to Open” Had to use a strap wrench on it. Should not have to reach into the toolbox to cook.
  • 26 – Enjoyed this morning’s Bhakti Vinyasa Project at Sri Yoga. Always great to see Luna, Joshua and Katie.
  • 27 – Almost didn’t go to hot yoga tonight. Glad I did though. It was a good class and I really needed it.
  • 28 – Didn’t accomplish much at work today but it’s okay, I’m cool with it. Not to say I didn’t get anything done, it just wasn’t work.
  • 28 – Restorative yoga tonight. Lots of props, plenty of support, zero effort and so very relaxing. Need that once in a while.
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Twitter Detritus (08-10)

Another month’s worth of mental flotsam and jetsam in chewable, easy-to-swallow, tweet-sized bites:

  • 01 – Computer parts assembled. Still need to load OS, apps & data. It should keep me busy for a while.
  • 04 – Working on Linux challenges. It would probably be simpler if I didn’t have a network but what fun would that be?
  • 05 – Enjoyed the Kristin Luna Ray “Where Heaven Meets the Earth” concert online. Great show!
  • 06 – How can I feel so listless when I have so many lists? That may be the problem, too many lists. Be in the moment and do what feels right.
  • 06 – Feel much better after Sat Kriya and meditation.
  • 07 – RT @spoiledyogi “Do you buy a birthday present for yourself?” Absolutely!
  • 08 – Successful install of Mint 9 yesterday on the PC I set up for the grandkids. Looks pretty good. Haven’t had a chance to do anything with it.
  • 12 – RT @spoiledyogi: When in doubt, breathe.
  • 14 – RT @yisforyogini: having a sense of humor in life is crucial.
  • 15 – Taking the trash out to the curb, a sure sign the weekend is rapidly drawing to a close. Wait! I didn’t accomplish anything…again
  • 18 – Getting back into my yoga groove. Working on the core, facing the challenge. I will thank myself for it later.
  • 19 – My life is an open book but some of the pages may be missing or stuck together. (Some may still be “classified”)
  • 21 – Challenging, sweaty yoga class this morning. It wasn’t hot yoga but my mat needs a good cleaning now.
  • 22 – RT @youngstownnude: Was it difficult for you to try social nudism? Had to work up the nerve but once there, most natural thing in the world.
  • 22 – RT @yogadork: If you don’t know where to start, start with yoga #yogadork
  • 24 – RT @yisforyogini: nothing tastes more like summer than watermelon. 🙂
  • 25 – Great hot yoga practice this evening. Pleasantly tired in a good way.
  • 27 – 1st Jim Bennitt workshop was good. Surprised myself esp since I wore jeans & forgot my mat. Very relaxed afterwards. 3 more this weekend.
  • 28 – A full day of yoga with two workshops & a bonus class on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Next, an evening with my grandchildren.
  • 29 – Great yoga weekend with 4 workshops by Jim Bennitt. Lots of good things for my “yoga toolbox.” Asana practices left me feeling great.
  • 29 – Enjoying “Awaken” and “Yoga hOMe”, Luna’s first two CDs. Great music!
  • 30 – My picture is in The Bulletin (Sept 2010), page 8, Cedar Trails. I’m on the right side, toward the middle, wearing a blue ball cap.
  • 31 – Here I am, on the cusp of September. Where has 2/3 of the year gone?
  • 31 – Received Sharon Gannon’s “Sharanam” CD today. Mantras in an eclectic mix of musical styles. Very upbeat though I like the slower tracks.
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Visual Aids

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit

Today’s Quote: “I’ve posed nude for a photographer in the manner of Rodin’s Thinker, but I merely looked constipated.” — George Bernard Shaw

It only cost me two bucks to get my glasses fixed at the optical center in a major retail establishment that attempts to exploit all who enter its never closing doors. It actually would have cost me more to buy the nose pads and put them on myself. Plus there would have been the challenge of putting them on my glasses with my glasses off. It would be like trying to remove your own hemorrhoids with a dull pocket knife.

The Gods Get Nekkid
Fat naked celebrities – ewww! But then again, maybe it shows us they’re human after all. The comments I read mostly dealt with John Travolta’s man boobs but I got the general idea that nudity is okay for the “beautiful” people but only when they’re looking beautiful or at “beautiful” and exotic locations (ie, St. Tropez or the Oscars). When us regular people want to be naked, it’s dirty, sinful, blah blah blah, yada yada yada, ad nauseam.

Naked yoga sounds interesting although some of the postures probably wouldn’t look very pretty. Actually, a lot of the postures aren’t particularly flattering clothed either. To do it nude with other people, I guess you’d have to be really comfortable with your body or a hard core exhibitionist. Maybe alone in a dark room. Sort of like playing naked Twister by yourself?

Prosecutor naked at work
Security cameras see plenty of Hamilton official
He’s been charged with two counts of “pubic indecency.” According to the article, he was alone in the city offices after hours and the only person to “see” him was a security guard monitoring a security camera. Given that the offices were probably dark and we all know how great the resolution of a standard security camera is. They probably know it was him only because he was the only person (other than the security guard) in the building. Is it public indecency because he was in a “public” building?

Diary of a Nudist blog, If a Tree Falls in the Forest…, raises some interesting questions about officials overreacting.

[Edit on 10/11/06 – deleted portions.]