When I was a student in primary school, our teacher periodically assigned poems for all of us to commit to memory in order to increase our comprehension of the written English language. As we were all Deaf, this assignment entailed us to not only remember the English words as they were written, but also their equivalent in our manual language: American Sign Language (ASL). For students who were either ten or maybe eleven years old, this was a very intimidating task and was not undertaken lightly.
September, 2017, is almost over and another season of sand, sun and surf – Summer, 2017, – has already ended. As I’ve previously written here on ReNude Pride, for me, this has, until recently, always been a sad time of the year. I’ve never been a fan of the cooler and colder temperatures. Even as a child, I was content to stay indoors during Autumn and Winter and preferred not to venture outside until the warmer temperatures had arrived. That’s always been my nature and how I’ve lived my life. It’s only through individual counseling and group therapy that I, at least, understand why I am this way.
In the USA, today is Patriot’s Day, a time when we pause and reflect on the many thousands of lives lost and the tens of thousands of lives impacted by the terrorist attacks from the air on The Pentagon and the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Although not an official holiday (governments, banks and businesses remain open), it is a time for everyone to dedicate a moment out of the day and remember those who were killed and injured doing the most ordinary task and routine: living.
July 1, 1961 – August 31, 1997
To be honest, I didn’t watch the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on the television nor was I a guest for the service in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. I was too busy with my undergraduate pursuits at university to be bothered with such frivolity and had only a passing interest (if even that much) in the doings of the British Royal Family. They had no impact on my bare life nor my educational goals at that time.
In the photo above, as the clouds gather on the horizon, our nude dude on the beach thoughtfully gazes out towards the shoreline, unconcerned over the approaching storm. He’s content to remain where he is and as he is: bare. He’s focused on his thinking and is oblivious to worrying about something as unimportant as the weather. Why waste the energy fretting over a situation (weather) which not one of us can control? He has more important matters to contemplate.
It’s the end of the month of June, which means that the USA national holiday, July 4, isn’t very far away. That’s the reason I selected this particular image for this post, there is an American flag hanging from the lifesaving kiosk. A premature reminder that even though it has just arrived, Summer is rapidly passing us by. The nude and clothing-optional beaches are calling out our names – go to one fast before the season is completely finished!
GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer) Pride Month, at least here in the USA, is over for another year. I hope all of us remember to carry around our gay and nude pride until the next one comes along. It isn’t always easy to be a gay nudist, so it is often incumbent on each of us to be as supportive as possible for all of our brothers and sisters. None of us are able to journey through life alone and unaided by others.
In celebrating GLBTQ Pride Month, I published my second interview here at ReNude Pride. The post, Interview: Dean of Black Nude Taurus, was featured here on June 19, 2017. In case you missed the reading the interview, click the title to be linked directly there.
My first cousin, Michael Poladopoulos, began publishing his blog here at wordpress.com during this month. Our fathers are brothers and Michael is 9 years younger than Alex, my identical twin, and myself. Like Alex and I, Michael is also Deaf, same gender loving (gay) and a bare practitioner (naturist/nudist). I encourage everyone reading here to visit and follow his blog. Click on the following title to be linked to his site: Nekkid Furry Boi. I’ve already added his journal to the Bare Blogging Crew page here at ReNude Pride.
Summer is, at last, now officially here and I think that there’s no one any happier than me. This is beyond a shadow of a doubt my absolute favorite time of all the year! There is always so much to see and do during this season, along with the desire to see and do it all before Autumn arrives. Fortunately, the longest day of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere always occurs during the summer season (June 21).
As we close out Gay and Nude Pride Month, let’s all remember that our month of celebration may be over. However, we all carry our confidence in being same gender loving (gay) bare practitioners (naturists/nudists) with us throughout the year. We should all hold our heads us high!
In the United States, today is Father’s Day Sunday. This is the designated date in which we honor and salute our fathers – adopted, birth (natural), the man who raised us or those who served as our surrogate fathers when our own wasn’t around, for whatever the reason. We think of them on this day and, if possible, we thank them for all the time and effort they invested in us, as well as subtly apologizing for all the anguish and pain we caused them because we were too obstinate, selfish or foolish. Happy Father’s Day!