April has come and gone. One of the shortest months of the year, it is the very shortest month of the Spring season. June is another 30-day month but as Summer arrives on June 21, it technically isn’t an entirely Spring month. What matters most, at least in my humble opinion, is that the weather becomes warmer and the daylight lasts longer. At long last, the outdoor temperatures here have finally turned pleasant. This is absolutely my time of the year!
Today is Arbor Day in the USA. Another commemoration that often brings to mind images of a person hugging tree, similar to Earth Day. It is appropriate that the two dates follow so close together during the Spring season. Arbor Day is essentially a school-based celebration for youth to focus on the importance of trees as both a resource for oxygen and as a natural resource that constantly needs replenishing. Many schools sponsor a tree-planting ceremony on this date.
There are always signs that remind us of policies and rules wherever we go. It seems that it has become a routine to remind all of us as to what is or what isn’t allowed. It should come as no major surprise to anyone reading or visiting here that Aaron, my spouse, and I have one posted on the front door of our condominium that reads identical to the one above. Aaron found it at a conference that he attended shortly after we got married in 2015.
By now, almost all of us are familiar with the image of a person hugging a tree representing environmentalists. It is used by many as either a positive identifier or else as a derogatory graphic. As we become better acquainted with the knowledge and effects of global warming, this image also serves as a reminder of the fragile relationship between our environment and humanity. This same picture accurately depicts the primary message of the entire Earth Day movement: This is our world, we all need to work together to protect it.
Author’s Note: Please refer to my previous post, “In A Bind,” (click to view) as an introduction to this post.
Finally all my discomfort, profanity and overall foul attitude has achieved some sort of result. This past weekend, the weather and the temperatures here on the East Coast of the USA has changed. We went from almost Winter-like conditions to almost Summer weather all within the span of maybe twenty-four hours. I’m just egocentric enough to take full credit for this change in our meteorological circumstance!
This has been a particularly trying week for me. Monday morning was not only cold and depressing as only a Monday can be – then add to that it snowed! I think that someone forgot to read the memo that read that Spring is now here! I wish the meteorologists would get their act together and create some seasonal weather for us. This “frequent snowstorm” alert just isn’t cutting it, not in my book!
Yesterday was the Easter Feast in the Greek Orthodox Church. My spouse, Aaron, and I hosted several other same gender loving Greek bare partitioning couples over to our condo for a traditional Easter meal. Today’s post is one of fantasy and light-heartedness as I was exhausted after all the preparation and clean-up. I could have prepared better and scheduled my post in advance but I’m afraid I was too busy and lazy to do so. Continue reading Magical Nudity
Today is Easter Sunday in the Churches of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. To everyone who observes this holy feastday, I send best wishes for a Happy Easter! “Christos anesti!” (The Christ is Risen)!
Aaron, my husband, and I are celebrating by hosting a traditional Greek luncheon in our tiny little condo with two couples who are also Greek same gender loving bare practitioners (naturist/nudist). We don’t require our guests to decorate their buttocks as the guys above, but we don’t discourage it either! We haven’t yet decided on whether we’ll decorate our own buttocks but we do have the body paint available in one of our closets!
Nothing is better than a bare hike in the Springtime. First and foremost, it’s great to be able to wander and explore clothes-free after the Winter doldrums. Secondly, it’s fun to strip and hang-out clothes-free with acquaintances and friends after the same Winter season. The first hike of the Spring helps to welcome a return of the re-birth and renewal of nature following the barren and almost lifeless period of hibernation. Plus, it’s just absolutely fantastic to be completely naked outdoors again!
I suppose I shouldn’t be so impatient, but I am at last able to share the fact that a “taste” of Spring-like temperatures have belatedly arrived in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area! By no means is the winter completely finished – I am much too savvy in the fickle patterns of weather to admit that. There are some aspects of life that never change and one of those is the reliability of our weather. The later days of this past week and the weekend provided us with a sampling of what’s (hopefully) coming our way!