This upcoming Sunday, March 25, 2018, is the Feast of the Annunciation in the various Eastern Orthodox Churches. According to church tradition, it was on this date that the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary in a dream and revealed to her that she was to become the Theotokos (Mother of God) by giving birth to the Son of God (Jesus). Since the early days of Christianity, this date has been a feast day throughout all the apostolic Orthodox churches, which are organized along national tendencies (Greek, Russian, Bulgarian, Syrian, etc.).
For those of us residing north of the Equator, today is the first day of Spring for 2018! For many of us, the days not only continue to grow longer as daylight lingers before sunset, but the outside temperatures slowly begin to warm as well. Change is in the air and around us everywhere! I realize that it’s a little premature to strip off all my clothes and traipse about in nature bare – but that day (hopefully) isn’t too far away!
Usually, by this time of the year, many of us are definitely ready for the seasonal change from Winter into Spring. We are too tired with the dreary surroundings that come with the cold weather. The bare trees, the lack of colorful flowers, the absence of sunshine all combine to make every day seem endless. The cold weather and forceful winds aren’t very pleasant and perpetuate the feeling that the season will never go away.
No, today is not St. Patrick’s Day! That date is tomorrow, March 17. I’m posting this in anticipation of the date and to honor anyone reading here who may be Irish or of Irish heritage. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and as such is revered by Irishmen all over the world, no matter their particular religious affiliation or lack thereof. To be Irish, or of Irish descent, is tantamount to being a part of the St. Patrick family.
By the time that we begin our adolescent years, the overwhelming majority of us understand the importance of having a routine in our lives. This structure allows us to not only plan our day but instills in us a sense of time. For example, I know that once I’m awake in the morning, it usually takes me about 50 minutes to eat my first breakfast, shower and shave my face and head. Then, I’m ready to get dressed (if it happens to be a workday) and then get on my way.
Here in the USA, this upcoming Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 2:00 a.m., marks the return of Daylight Savings Time (DST) for the 2018 calendar year. This time change reflects the adding of additional daylight time into each day for the duration of the season. All clocks and watches should be advanced one hour at 2:00 a.m. Thus, 2:01 a.m. becomes 3:01 a.m. This affords everyone with an “extra” hour of daylight daily as the weather outside is better suited to for outdoor activities.
Just as I’ve written here previously, the title of this site, ReNude Pride, is a play on the word, renewed. Just as the Springtime brings with it a renewal of life with the return of foliage on trees and flowers in nature, so to with the Springtime and being bare. In the Spring, for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, we also welcome with open arms a return to outdoor nudity as well as a return to nature and living clothes-free.