"There’s Not a Bathing Suit in Russia"

I was recently looking through The Naturist Society’s naturist bibliography, compiled by Mark Storey, when I came across the title There’s Not a Bathing Suit in Russia and Other Bare Facts by Will Rogers. My interest was piqued, because Will Rogers is everywhere here in Oklahoma – he is the state’s favorite native son. RogersContinue reading “"There’s Not a Bathing Suit in Russia"”

Disrobing Suspense: Robert Longpré

The second post in this new series of Disrobing Suspense interviews with writers is a very special one, because it was the first time I was actually able to meet with my interviewee in person. Robert Longpré, the SkyClad Therapist, has written numerous books that happen to include naturist titles such as his three volumes of Naked Poetry and a new novel, A Small Company of Pilgrims.  A retired academic administrator, RobertContinue reading “Disrobing Suspense: Robert Longpré”

Disrobing Suspense: Nick Alimonos

This series of interviews called “Disrobing Suspense”* is about the idea that writers of naturist fiction (and writers who may not identify as naturists but who nonetheless write about social nudity) deal with a particular set of recurring tropes or motifs that are necessary to the subject matter. In the same way that if you are writing aContinue reading “Disrobing Suspense: Nick Alimonos”

Naturist Art Double Standard

Let’s say I‘m an amateur painter. I paint a nude, show it in a gallery, and attempt to sell it. Naturists, in general, will support me. Let’s say I’m a fairly accomplished sculptor. I sculpt a nude, show it in a gallery, and attempt to sell it. Naturists, in general, will support me.  It’s the sameContinue reading “Naturist Art Double Standard”

Work in Progress

My second novel is in development! It’s an adventure story involving the search for lost testimonies from the 16th century. When an earthquake damages the oldest public library in the Americas, an anthropologist and an art collector start a quest that leads them to a major scientific discovery on the relationship of the human bodyContinue reading “Work in Progress”

The Quick and the Nude

a sonnet A message from beyond the grave I give,  a lesson learned by one who dwelt in fear: Your body is your home. You cannot live but through it, in it. Breath and blood hold dear! You have but one life, friends: know this is true.  So chest, and arms, and legs do not constrain.Continue reading “The Quick and the Nude”

Legends of Naturism

Naturism is multicultural! Here are some pithy profiles of nude heroes and heroines from around the world and throughout history.  LADY GODIVA 11th-Century England Truth, or dare? The truth: Her husband, sure of a refusal, dared her to ride through town unattired. But it was the daring Lady Godiva herself who threw down her gauntlet, and everythingContinue reading “Legends of Naturism”

Fishing for Nude Insights

Fellow naturist blogger Robert Longpré has produced a volume called Naked Poetry by the Sea and on the Prairies. The polished, succinct poems of his collection guide us to the naked core of truths both spiritual and physical. These are terrific poems! I had the honor of contributing a brief preface to the volume, whichContinue reading “Fishing for Nude Insights”

Beautiful Nude Remedies

She is one of the most memorable characters from one of the most beloved books in the world, and it’s time to recognize her for what she is: a nudist. I’m referring to Remedios la Bella from Colombian Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude).  “El realismo virtualContinue reading “Beautiful Nude Remedies”

Threadbare

(A short story, based very-loosely-not-too-tightly on Acts 9:34-42) In the city of Joplin there lived a widow named Dory, who was always doing kind things for others, especially the poor. She was a skilled seamstress, and since the time of her husband’s death, several rooms of her home had been overtaken by bolts of cloth, andContinue reading “Threadbare”