An online journal celebrating the joys of living bare with pride! This site usually publishes every Monday and Friday. I may be irreverent but I am no way irrelevant! My preferred personal pronouns are he, him, his.
Saluting the official arrival of the Spring season here in the Northern Hemisphere is the justification for opening with featured Bottoms-Up! .gif above. The bare practitioner duo are unable to hide their eagerness for the approaching warmer temperatures outside. Personally, I can hardly wait to join them in baring my buttocks for all of nature!
This upcoming weekend marks the western Easter holiday and there is no other appropriate welcome to the occasion than to add the celebritory and colorful image above. Kalos paska (happy Easter) in Greek – using the western alphabet! Author’s Note: Holy Easter (in the Eastern Orthodox Churches, is observed on May 2, 2021.
Soon, we’ll have the freedom to “bare-our-bottoms” outside in the rainfall or in the sunshine. We’ll no longer be restricted to simply stripping off our pants indoors! (Imaginary musical accompaniment: Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus!”
Unfortunately, our bare practitioner brothers inhabiting the Southern Hemisphere now must surrender their multiple choice options for stripping inside or outside. Sorry, guys! Six more months and then the decision returns to you!
Shake your booty with joy and pride!
Take care and stay bare!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next posting entry here is planned for Thursday, April 1, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “April is Here.”
Thursday, March 25, 2021, is the anniversary of the beginning of the fight for the freedom of Greece from the oppression of the Ottoman Empire (modern-day Turkey). The clergy of the Greek Orthodox Church encouraged the faithful to engage in the struggle to attain their freedom and restore self-determination of their homeland from the subservience of the Ottoman Turks.
The Ottoman Empire, for over two centuries, had periodically focused on the eventual absorption and subjugation of the Byzantine (Greek) Empire. The fall of Constantinople (the imperial Greek capital) through a siege that lasted from April 6, 1453 until May 29, 1453, rewarded the Ottomans as the Middle and Near Eastern superior power, economically, militarily and naval.
The political dominance of the Turkish government provided a grave and serious threat to the Greek Orthodox Church. The religious and spiritual head of all Orthodox believers , the patriarch (pope) of Orthodoxy resided in Constantinople and his official title is: Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Archbishop of Constantinople. This situation fostered the unsubstantiated belief and rumors in the Western churches (Roman Catholic, Anglican and protestant) that the Eastern churches (Bulgarian, Greek, Roumanian, Russian, Serbian and Syrian) were under the manipulation of the Turkish occupiers.
On this date, March 25, in 1821, the Greeks rose up against the oppression of Ottoman Turkey in a protracted civil war that ultimately involved France, the Russian Empire and the United Kingdom joining with the Greeks in their quest for independence. March 25 is also the date of the feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos (Virgin Many, Mother of God) in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The organizers of the uprising selected this feast day to initiate the insurrection. Bishop Germanus hoisted the flag of revolt over the Monastery of Agia Lavra in the Pelopannese with the cry, “Freedom or Death” which was adopted as the motto of the for Greek liberation.
The government of the newly liberated Haiti was the very first country in the world to recognize the revolution – and therefore, Greek independence. This diplomatic recognition happened is 1821, barely 6 months after the struggle began and long before the war was actually over.
The Ottoman Turks were supported during the Greek rebellion by the North African Turkish dependent states of Algeria, Egypt, Tripolitania and Tunis. These auxiliary troops were frequently defeated by the Greek locals who were often armed with only their inferior personal weapons, primarily rifles.
After seven years of fighting, the Ottoman Turks grew weary of the Greek uprising. At an international conference held in London, a document called the London Protocol was signed by representatives from Greece, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the Ottoman Empire that recognized the independent sovereign Kingdom of Greece in 1830. The rebellion was over. In 1832, the Treaty of Constantinople was enforced between the Greeks and the Turks which defined the borders of Greece and established Prince Otto of Bavaria as the first King of Greece.
The .gif below is the current flag of Greece shown billowing in the breeze. The cross of St. George is in the upper left corner. The Greek Orthodox Church is the state religion of Greece.
The modern Greek flag was adopted during the 20th Century as the current state matured. Based on the current design, it is now universally accepted and recognized everywhere. During the last decade of the 20th Century, there were some grumblings that the two colors of the flag represented the “haves” and the “have nots” although there was never any agreement over what those two categories entailed.
Above is the image of a map of modern Greece, in the same design of the current Greek flag. Greece is located in south-eastern Europe at the bottom of the Balkan peninsula. The capital city is Athens.
Both of my parents and my oldest brother were born in Greece. They emigrated to this country just before the birth of my second oldest brother. Neither of my parents nor my oldest brother were ever naturalized here (became citizens). After our births, my father had all of our births enrolled at the Greek consulate, which made the remainder of my brothers and myself Greek subjects (we have dual citizenship).
Avoiding any implications of inaccuracy, before closing todays post, I want to remind everyone that the ancient Greeks most definitely did not engage in war while bare. Men were aware that any type of action involving swords and other forms of weapons could inflict major, if not debilitating, damage to themselves. Even the simplest girding of protection was valued above nudity in this case.
Wishing everyone the happiest of Patriot Day!
Roger Poladopoulos/Renude Pride
Author’s Note: The next posting entry planned for here is for Wednesday, March 31, 2021, and the proposed topic is : “Bottoms-Up! March, 2021”
The unusually long delay is due to an educational conference.
Now that the springtime is officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, many of us are anxiously counting away the days until we can strip and bare in nature again! No one is as eager for this to happen as we are: my spouse, Aaron, and myself!
We know that patience is a remarkable virtue. That has been drilled into our minds since we were mere infants without any notion of seasons or weather. Yet even as we mature, the anticipation of the evolution of the Spring is too much to endure. The ravages of the winter are often unendurable and are gladly dismissed!
These final days of the uncomfortable weather are tolerated – barely. While we must remain inside, our minds and thoughts are frequently focused on the upcoming days of wonderment as we rally ourselves for the approaching “natural” freedom in nature! Author’s Note: being totally bare (naked, nude) outside of our home!
It is a well known fact that once a new season is upon us, the weather doesn’t have an immediate change. The differences in outdoor temperatures and the weather is gradual. There is no sense in trying to “rush” Mother Nature!
As the countdown begins, let us all promise ourselves to remain as healthy and as safe as possible. We all need to think of not only ourselves but also other people around us, especially children, persons with differing abilities and the elderly. Everyone has the inalienable right to enjoy every day of their life!
Take care and stay bare: indoors or outside!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next planned posting entry here is scheduled for Thursday, March 25, 2021, and the proposed topic is “Patriot Day!”
All are invited to stand and welcome with a grand cheer!
Instinctively, the majority of us feel the urgent need to rush outside, strip off all of our clothing – if we are wearing any at all – and dance, unashamedly nude! Those among the ReNude Pride audience living in close proximity to the Equator have no problem engaging in this comfortably. Fortunately for them, they’re free to share their nakedness practically all year long!
Whereas those of us residing further away know from experience and habit that the same isn’t applicable to us. The seasonable outdoor temperature change doesn’t happen suddenly overnight. The transition is gradual and requires patience. Our “glad tidings” are just the reality that globally the event is now official! It is now Spring!
Simultaneously, our bare brethren in the Southern Hemisphere confront the demise of their outdoor clothes-freedom. Our conciliatory wish for them is the fact that we survived our period of hibernation and humbly request that they do the same!
Take care and stay bare!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next posting entry for here is planned for Monday, March 22, 2021, and the proposed topic is “It’s Almost Time!”
A welcome prologue to the arrival of Spring each year is the “official” change to daylight savings time! In 2021, this occurs today, March 14, at exactly 2:00 a.m. When the clock reaches the “anointed” hour, it needs to be reset (automatically, digitally or manually) to the new time of 3:00 a.m. – in other words, advance the time precisely one full hour (hence the post title: “Spring Forward.”)
As both my spouse, Aaron, and I had endless commitments yesterday, last night, before crawling into bed at midnight – old style time – we reset our clocks and watches ahead for one hour before falling asleep. This enabled us to wake-up this morning without confusion, Why interrupt a dream needlessly at 2:00 a.m.?
Typically for most bare practitioners, we welcome this seasonal debut with open arms. The time change affords us the opportunity to adapt to this routine before the official arrival of Spring on March 20, 2021. Theoretically, this “extra” hour of daylight gives us additional time, daily, to spend “natural in nature” together as well as with our bare practitioner acquaintances and friends!
A well deserved relief and respite from being home-bound for the entire winter!
The initiation of the daylight savings time principle began in the early 20th Century. During the Great War (World War I, 1914 – 1918) the production of armaments created shortages and necessitated the conservation of energy resources through to expansion of daylight. Once this concept was introduced, it was undertaken in all the belligerent nations, irregardless of their alliances. Twenty years later, the commencement of World War II (1939 – 1945) reintroduced the same need and solution. Following that conflict, the hostile “Cold War” (1949 – 1989) mentality led to the annual incorporation of daylight savings time throughout much of the world.
Daylight savings time (DLT) = Bare Practitioner time (BPT)
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next posting entry is planned for here on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 and the proposed topic is St. Patrick’s Day.
“T’is the season to be …restless!” Living in the Northern Hemisphere, March is the traditional transitional month between Winter and Spring and notorious for both boredom and monotony. The overwhelming majority of us bare enthusiasts are relentlessly fatigued with being confined within the walls enclosing us inside our apartments or homes. We’re both eager and ready for the approaching freedom of being outdoors and without our clothes! All carefree and all natural!
True to being frustrated and stressed over the enclosures and restrictions of the late Autumn and Winter seasons, many of us anticipate and welcome the upcoming arrival of Spring and our liberation! Once again, empowered and enabled with unlimited access to being nude in our bodies and in our natural world. At long last, our ability to be ourselves once again!
I know from personal experience the endlessly dull routine of wandering aimlessly inside our dwelling “looking for something to do!” The almost five consecutive months of hibernation appear to be everlasting. Why even bother to crawl out of our bed in the morning?
We should all begin to rest easier now. Our time of remaining anxious and exiled from the wonders of nature are swiftly coming to a promising end!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next posting entry planned here is for Sunday, March 14, 2021, and the proposed topic is “Spring Forward!”
In today’s world, particularly in these uncertain times of the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic, it is with mixed emotions to be a bare practitioner advocate – such as myself – to compose a shared article encouraging readers to actually wear something! So there is no misunderstanding, I am absolutely not encouraging the wearing of clothes! Honestly, I am much more comfortable and inclined to offer advice and reasons for naked freedom than I am with urging the concealment of any part of the human anatomy. Yet here we are on ReNude Pride doing just that: the wearing of a face-mask!
To avoid any confusion or misinterpretation, I am most definitely not promoting any false sense of modesty or body-shame. After all, this blog extols the excitement and wonders of being a total bare practitioner (male bisexual or gay and a naturist or nudist)!
I strongly recommend the use of a face mask (among other guidelines) regularly to reduce the chance of infection with the coronavirus COVID-19. It is indeed a concern of health and safety and not a strategy of puritanical censorship. Cover the mouth and nose only as a precaution against disease transmission.
My spouse, Aaron, and I both – along with many others worldwide – have become bored with having to don a face mask constantly in performing our daily routines and tasks. Like having to wear clothes when out in public, it is now a tiresome chore that confines and restricts our natural preference.
Then my hubby (husband) Aaron purchased for us matching face masks (above) that commanded not only our clothes freedom but delivered the identical message to those that we encountered while “out and about” and wearing the face masks!
Since Aaron bought them last October, the reaction to our “face mask with a message” has varied from awesome to supportive. I have received countless “thumbs-up” endorsement signals and “nods-of-the-head” from others who’ve read my mask. My life partner reports the same. Unfortunately, the people that we see are wearing their own face covering so any laughter or smiles remain unseen. I am glad to share here that neither one of us has, as yet, gotten a disparaging or negative response.
Anyone interested in purchasing a mask with the same or similar message can shop for there availability by entering the words: “face mask, nudity, naturist” into their search engine. Also, “rainbow flag” is able to be bought as a face mask. Aaron ordered them for us back in the beginning of the new year!
Author’s Note: The next planned posting here is for Friday, March 12, 2021, and deals with the topic “Anxious Glimpses.”
The title of today’s posting here on ReNude Pride is the poem of the same name composed by the celebrated Lebanese born author, philosopher, poet and visual artist, Kahlil Gibran. In this poetic offering, Mr. Gibran shares with us his express appreciation of being bare (clothes free, naked, nude) and his distaste for the concealment of the human body with clothing.
He was born on January 6, 1883, in Bsharri, Lebanon, within what was then part of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. He emigrated to the United States along with his mother and two sisters. He died in New York City on April 10, 1931, at the age of 48 years old.
Beneath the image below is Kahlil Gibran’s encouragement and endorsement of being a complete and proud bare practitioner!
by Kahlil Gibran
And the weaver said, “Speak to us of clothes.”
And he answered: Your clothes conceal much of your beauty,
yet they hide not the unbeautiful.
And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy,
you find in them a harness and a chain.
Would that you could meet the sun and the wind
with more of your skin and less of your rainment.
For the breath of life in in the sunlight
and the hand of life is the wind.
Some of you say,
“It is the north wind who has woven the clothes to wear.”
But shame was his loom,
and the softening of the sinews was his thread.
And when his work was done he laughed in the forest.
Forget not that modesty is for a shield
against the eye of the unclean.
And when the unclean shall be no more,
what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind?
And forget not that the earth delights
to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
The poet, Kahlil Gibran, unashamedly extols his admiration and devotion to both the concept and practice of being absolutely bare and natural at a time when the very idea of clothes freedom (nudity) was rarely discussed, shared or written about in “polite” society. We all, as today’s bare practitioners, owe to Kahlil Gibran an enormous debt of gratitude for enlightening our world to the magic and the majesty of being nude alone or socially with others. Without the beauty of his praise, this would indeed be a very bland and drab world to reside upon!
Gibran’s early death, due to a severe liver infection brought on by his heavy consumption of of alcohol, denied him the chance to witness the emergence of the same gender loving (bisexual, gay and lesbian) culture that rapidly grew following World War II. Since his demise, there has been significant speculation about his own sexual preference. He had a very close woman supporter while living in New York City. However, their relationship was strictly platonic.
There are innumerable bare practitioners who also enjoy donning clothes when it is necessary and appearing in the most current and popular styles of fashion. There is nothing whatsoever wrong or deceitful in doing this. A simple solution for the double pleasure of those who feel this way is the use of body paint to adorn one’s skin with a sense of style as my friend and fellow bare practitioner, Deen, has done in the above photograph. A colorful array to brighten one’s day! Thank you, Deen, for allowing me to use your picture!
Author’s Note #1: The next posting here is planned for Monday, March 8, 2021, and the proposed topic “Protective Covering!”
Author’s Note #2: To view my bare buddy, Deen’s, listing on ReNude Pride’s Page of Fame click here.
To view his initial interview please click here. Please note that in my interview posting, I inadvertently misspelled his name.
Today, March 1, marks the official beginning of the third month of 2021 and for those of us residing in the Northern Hemisphere, the start of the “transition” period from the dregs of Winter into the joys of Spring! Of course, we are all well aware of the fact that the outdoor temperatures and weather do not happen overnight – but what is obvious for us all is the emergence of hope for an approaching new season that allows us delightful expression of our passion for being bare practitioners!
The waking from the gruesome Winter season brings memories of past Spring arrivals that fill many of us with delight that the burdens of the waning season will soon – once, again – be behind us! That’s enough to encourage us all to begin to plan ahead for the upcoming Spring and Summer!
As the month of March encourages us to recall experiences from our bare practitioner past – especially those we enjoyed before the onset of the the coronavirus COVID-19! It is now time for us all to use this month to creatively explore and investigate activities and events that will enable us all to build our experiences during this second spring and summer where we need to remember health and safety as a major priority.
Mask wearing, physical distancing and vaccinations against infection are highly recommended whenever possible. If we make caution and creativity as contagious as the coronavirus, hopefully, the upcoming seasons will be filled with excitement and fun!
Our man (above) is obviously attempting to entice his viewer into a more intimate and physical relationship. He is using the fact that he is bare underneath his oversized shirt to encourage his potential partner to engage likewise. This example of teasing is an very profound and powerful sampling of encouragement and flirtation during the current coronavirus COVID-19 crisis.
Last week, my spouse, Aaron, and I decided on a theme to accompany some of our bare socials this year. BARE being bodies are remarkably exceptional! We are currently planning some type of activity in honor of World Naked Hiking Day, June 21, 2021. We have three male same gender loving friends who are seriously involved with a partner who isn’t experienced in social nudity but interested in exploring the opportunity. Our goal is to use this theme of BARE = bodies are remarkably exceptional to further the cause of being a bare practitioner!
Our project is to encourage the spirit of clothes freedom while at the same time providing a safe and comfortable experience with social nudity for all eight of us to enjoy. As June 21, annually, is always the first day of the Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. we’ve already announced our event and everyone of the four couples involved plan to participate. This date is a Monday so informing our guests this far in advance enables the chance they can be excused from having to work!
Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Friday, March 5, 2021 and the proposed topic is On Clothes.