In N Magazine

Screen Shot 2019-05-13 at 7.56.05 PMI am published in the recent issue of N, the magazine of The Naturist Society. I wrote a story, titled “Born This Way,” about how I grew into who I am as a clothing optionalist. I had an aversion to being dressed all the time long before I heard the words “nudist” or “naturist,” but I didn’t have any context within which to put it. I talk about the journey on how I got from there to here. The photo to the right has one line from it.

When you submit an article, you agree that the magazine owns it for publication, so I encourage you to go get a copy of N or order it online when it becomes available on their site. It will be issue 38.3.  I am a member of TNS and the biggest perk I get are the intelligent and interesting articles found in the quarterly magazine, especially when my local alternative bookstore stopped carrying it.

Another great article is a review of this sociological piece from Res Publica, which argues in favor of making public nudity a right for all people. I plan to dive into the actual article itself, but if the 18 pages seem daunting to you, the 2-page review will hold your attention. Lastly, Will Forest, aka “The Nude Scribe,” has a great article about the nudist traditions of Brazil.

I don’t get out to clubs or to the regional gatherings at this point in time, but for me N is well worth the price of membership and I’m glad I joined a few years back after toying with the thought for a while. Grab a copy and enjoy.

Trees and Gardens

Screen Shot 2019-05-04 at 9.56.22 PMWhen I was a kid, Arbor Day held much more sway than Earth Day. We used to receive trees and have a small ceremony at school that honored the trees. But now, Arbor Day is an after thought and it is with great regret that even I missed mentioning it last week.

Trees are very special to all of humanity and indeed to naturists. While we humans use our intellect to trick ourselves into thinking we’re the be-all, end-all of beings, being among the trees can be humbling if we’re willing to be aware. My forays into nature, as a naturist, always puts me in awe of what is around me, because I become part of the natural landscape, not someone pushing conquest and dominance.

If you’re interested in the intersection of trees and naturism, I highly recommend you check out the Tree Spirit Project.

fullsizeoutput_b772On the heels of Earth and Arbor Days, today was World Naked Gardening Day. It’s cold in Vermont the first Saturday in May. Several years ago, WNGD took place in summer. Why it was moved to May is beyond me, but with a month of frost danger remaining, there’s very little gardening we do in these northern climes.

A couple years ago, I hung out with my garlic patch on an oddly warm first Saturday in May, but otherwise, WNGD is just not something I’ve been able to celebrate as intended. Watering a plant inside just doesn’t have the same feel to it, especially since that can be done at any time.

I hope you were able to enjoy WNGD. And if you were outside breathing deeply in nature, don’t forget to thank a tree.