I happened to run into this amazing-looking nude-figure chess set and decided to post that here.
It’s hand-made, all silver, and at the moment of creating this post it’s on sale at Tigrani. Now., before you get all giddy, the price dropped by $10,000 so you can imagine what the product costs. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!
Over at MeWe, someone suggested to have the Naked Crow books translated into German.
Germany is a big country with lots of naturists, so there should be quite a market.
I had a look at translation services. Right, that was out of the window quite soon. Having one book professionally translated would cost between €5000 and €12000.
Making that worth the while, I’d have to sell between 8000 and 15000 copies of the translated book. (Worth the while as in breaking even.) Seeing how many copies of Naked Crow 1 have been sold in English, which is an even larger market, it’s unlikely that route will happen.
I can handle some German, so I started translating it myself. That taught me that writing a story in German is quite something else. Translating from English into German, while not being a native speaker of either language, is hard work. I plowed through almost 2 pages and asked a good German friend to see how good or bad it was.
She made 98 changes. In almost 2 pages. Naked Crow 1 is much longer than 2 pages.
Sorry, dear German readers. It’s not going to happen anytime soon.
It’s probably mainstream now, but when computers were young and not so powerful, it was stunning to type and immediately see how it would look.
What You See Is What You Get.
A few days ago I realised that this is the very same thing with nudists, naturists, clothes-free people and other denominations that prefer not to be dressed.
What you see is, indeed, what you get. Just the real person, with all its wobbles, welts, bruises, scars and smiles. Tanlines and all, that’s the real person, right there.
No need to use any prettifying stuff like hats, ties, scarves, skirts, pants, shirts and what-not. We’re real. Which, again, proves that the other world, the textile realm is more fake than people would think.
Clothes for keeping warm
Sensible. Going out in the snow and ice, freezing several parts off and getting hypothermia doesn’t sound smart. But is that a reason to keep fifty different kinds of the same piece of clothing, in different shapes, fabrics, colours and so on? You can wear only one at the same time (okay, some people like to overdo it. Please send shots of men wearing 2 pairs of trousers and ladies wearing a skirt over their dress).
And yes, diversity is good, but running after the fashion gods who are after your money is something else.
Stay naked, people. Be yourself. I want to see what I get, not the fake dream that someone tries to put out there.
I love listening to podcasts. I think I said that before.
As I write this, I’m listening to an episode of “Normalizing Naturism” (and yes, it’s with a z).
It’s available via Spotify, but also via many other podcast channels. It’s interesting that the name online is ‘naturism’ while the podcaster talks about ‘nudism’, which I find funny, but understandable as he hails from Arkansas. (Arkinsaw, as he calls it. Why that state’s name is pronounced that way is still a riddle to me.)
This is a fairly new podcast, it started in October of 2020, so if you want to catch up, that’s easy.
Another (long-running) podcast is the Naturist Living Show, that many have probably heard of. Presented by Stéphane Dechene from Bare Oaks in Canada, this show has over 120 episodes to show already.
The latest one I heard is about the Nude Yogi, which was a very interesting interview with Sarah Jane and how she got to be where she is now. If you want to learn more about her, have a look at the podcast page where you’ll find lots of interesting links. And do give the podcast a listen.
Also a fairly new podcast series, which is a nice listen for when you feel like it. The episodes are significantly longer than those of the first one I mentioned (which has episodes of around 20 minutes). The New Nudist Podcasts runs between 50 minutes and 1.5 hours. But worth the while, and it’s not like you have to run or do anything difficult while listening. 🙂
That’s it for the news for this week. I hope you enjoy this post and if you know of other interesting naturist podcasts, drop me a line in the comments.
I have heard a lot about this. Is a nudist really naked with a mask on?
Short answer: Yes, even when you wear something.
If that is all you have time for then you can move on and be busy with what you consider more important stuff.
The long answer is, as usual, longer and more thought through. Yes, a nudist isn’t naked with a mask on, but here’s the but: everyone wears such a thing.
These days, if you do it right, a mask is like having a nose or eyes. You need it. For living. Because if you don’t use it, the chances of not living very long are quite big. The reason for that, you probably guessed it already, is our little friend COVID-19.
A virus that has such an impact on life as we know it is not something to make fun of. Nor is it something to ignore.
We’re nudists so we refuse to wear anything
Even a mask.
That is one of the stupidest things I have heard in the past decade. That is like saying “We’re nudists so we don’t take medicine when we’re sick”.
You’re right, you can take medicine when you’re totally and veritably naked down to your lack of blue suede shoes, but consider the alternative in the light of a mask and taking home a good shot of the old COVID and blues. Is that worth the risk?
Last Thursday, July 2nd 2020, the USA alone reported 53,000 new cases of COVID-19. That is not just a lot. That is scary. And the majority of these people wore clothes but probably no mask. (I refuse to call it a face mask because I still haven’t figured out on what other body part you can wear a mask.)
Look at it from the other side.
Is a dressed person undressed when not wearing a mask?
If you say yes, you can’t be serious. People have gone without masks for the longest time, unless they intended to rob banks and stuff like that.
I don’t think you’ll find anyone in the textile world who will tell you they feel ‘naked’ without their mask. Masks have become a life necessity with friend Covid still hanging around. A virus doesn’t care if you naked, dressed in rags or the finest silk a caterpillar can poop. It wants to get in your face – and the way to keep it away is to wear a mask when you go out among people. It’s that ff-ing simple.
Having a mask on to stay healthy and alive isn’t that bad, I think.
Also, there is still this 6 foot distance rule, right? Take that into consideration. Keep a distance and the need for a mask isn’t major. (Please, correct me if I’m wrong!) Do keep a mask at hand. You never know when someone isn’t able to guestimate 6 ft.
Many of us know the joy that comes with being clothes-free, however, if you are still on the fence about it, consider just sleeping naked first. In the comfort of your own home, under the sheets with the lights out, it’s the perfect way to ease into nudism. Plus, there are so many health benefits to sleeping naked. Below we dive into a few of the top reasons you should sleep au naturel.
Temperature plays a huge role in your quality of sleep. If you are someone who tends to sleep hot, try sleeping naked. Sleeping nude can increase your body’s temperature creating a biological cue for your body to go to sleep. You are also less likely to have your REM sleep disrupted by waking up too hot.
One study found that spending time in the nude can increase confidence and decrease body image dissatisfaction. It goes to show that if you sleep naked, you are more likely to wake up feeling confident and happy. If you want to boost this benefit, try meditating in the nude before bed. This will help center your body and mind and allow you to take the time to acknowledge your accomplishments.
Supports Female Productive Health
Wearing underwear that is too tight can increase your chance of getting a yeast infection. There is research to support that sleeping without underwear can prevent this and have a positive effect on female reproductive health. Many gynecologists will recommend sleeping in the nude as a preventative measure.
From better sleep to increased self-esteem, there are many benefits to sleeping in the nude. For more on the benefits of sleeping au naturel, check out the infographic Casper provided below.
Yes. Talk about a strange mix of subjects for one blog post. Please, read on.
A few days ago I listened to a podcast in the “Stuff they don’t want you to know” series. Maybe you know it. This specific episode was called “Indigenous Tribes, Covid & PPE”.
To my shock and horror I discovered that Native Americans are heavily affected by the COVID pandemic, and that in most cases and states, hardly a thing is done to help them, or even to educate them on the issues.
I know that the United States have many problems, and many people will shrug this off. I, however, am not many people. If you know my “Naked Crow” books, you may know that Native Americans play an important part in the stories.
The thing that really hit me, as stated in the podcast, was that “Doctors Without Borders” is stepping in to help Native Americans. This may not mean much to you, but this organisation usually steps in when a situation in a third world country is hopeless.
So what does this have to do with books?
In a previous blog post I mentioned “Murder in the nudist colony”. An anthology with death in all kinds of nudist places (just to stay on the cheerful side of life of course). All the proceeds of this book will go to Doctors Without Borders. After learning that this organisation is on the move to help the original Americans, this means even more to me. So here is your chance to help that organisation!
Yes. Bras. You know about them, right? Breast bags.
Long time ago, in a podcast of the Naturist Living Show, I heard about a study by a French man on the goods and bads of bras. Not so long ago I heard another podcast, this time from Stuff you should know, called “How bras work“.
They referenced the same study, which means there isn’t much study done on bras. As I listened, I wondered about something:
Do naturist woman miss their bra when they’re “doing naturism”?
In our ‘modern’ Western culture it’s normal for people to wear clothes. For women it’s also ‘normal’ to wear a bra. The effectiveness and need of such an item of clothing has never been fully explained, as far as I know, but I’m not the bra-wearing gender. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Now to the reason why I ask this question: ladies of naturism are, as the picture up there shows, bra-less. I really wonder if they feel any discomfort regarding their breasts while being in that totally naked state. After all, they ‘cage’ the bosom in a bra all the time (generally speaking; I know there are women who don’t). This wearing of said item creates a habit and I’m curious if that affects the feeling of being naked.
Is it like wearing underpants and not wearing them is a relief? Or is the moment of putting on the bra one of relief? Perhaps/probably this is a very personal thing, which is an answer too.
So that’s the wonder of the week and I’m unleashing it onto you, my (former) unsuspecting readers.
It won’t be a surprise that the vacation and recreation industry will take a severe hit from the current “flu crisis”, as I saw the COVID-19 situation described somewhere.
It will be obvious to anyone with a bit of sense that COVID-19 is more than just a flu. It makes weird things happen and more weird things become necessary. Like keeping social distance.
Social distancing on vacation.
This made me think about what the title of this post already warned about. Camping versus hotels.
I expect that camping grounds will see a boost in visitors. On a campground it is much easier to keep the 1.5 metre/6 ft/whatever is current in your country distance than in a hotel.
Hotels will be fine as long as it comes to rooms, but they aren’t prepared to keep people at any required distance when it comes to food or simply moving around. At least, that is my experience with naturist hotels. (If you have any other experience, I would like to hear about it.)
Camping grounds are made to give people space.
Camping plots/lots/spaces usually are quite a bit apart. That, in this situation, is a good thing. As you can see my grasping for the right expression, I am not an experienced nor avid camping visitor. In fact I’m far from that (sorry, camping owners, don’t hold that against me!).
Do you run a naturist hotel?
If you, dear reader, run a naturist hotel, how will you tackle the upcoming vacation season? Is there any way to actually do that? I suspect, the larger your hotel is, the harder it will be to deal with the social distance aspect of life.
I am very curious about that, and with me there are probably many others, because your kind of vacationing experience is very dear to many people, also readers and followers of this blog.