Clothing Optional

The title pretty much says it all. A blog all about positively promoting nudism/naturism, body acceptance and social nudity, and showing how simply being nude is not porn, sexual or anything shameful.

Good Naked Morning: December Update

Good naked morning everybody!

I know, it’s been quite a while since I’ve written, it’s just becoming a busy month at work, especially as one of my co-workers just literally quit on account of stress and misunderstandings, and now I have to sacrifice some of my filming assignments just so I can get by without overloading myself. With local Christmas programs and events, December elk season here in Northern Michigan and local high school sports, it’s going to be one of the busiest months I’ve had yet. I was shocked when I got the text from her last night, and it’s been hard trying to wrap my head around this, but I feel the right thing for me is to turn down filming some things and thin up my load, as much as I hate to.

But I do need some room to breathe, just some time to get away from the office and meditate. Because of work and other commitments, I also haven’t had much time to be involved with naturism lately, but don’t worry friends, I’m still here, I still plan on being involved with naturism, just right now in my life I’m just so busy—not just work, but I also happen to be active in my church, plus I also hunt, so forgive me if you don’t see as many blogs, but as the new year comes in and things start winding down again I’ll have more time to be active on my social media again. I’ve really come to appreciate free time I get, and the times I get to spend with my fellow naturists, as well as my church family. It’s always good to have a strong support system when you’re feeling down and stressed, like I’ve been feeling lately.

Friends, I hope y’all have a wonderful December, the holiday season’s come up on us, I hope you have a great Christmas or whatever other December occasions you may be celebrating. I hope you can spend some time with the ones you love—I know I will, despite how busy I’ll be, I’m going to a Christmas party tomorrow for my church group, today’s our community Christmas fireworks, and I’m looking forward to all the Christmas movies to watch and music to listen to. If I don’t get to write before Christmas, I hope y’all have a great one. Plus, I’ll still keep up with my social media when I get the chance, bear with me. But I truly hope y’all have a great day, and #NudeOn!

Best to you,
David B


Good Naked Morning: Birthday Morning in My Birthday Suit

Good naked morning, everybody!

It’s another very special morning for me because today happens to also be my 27th birthday, and it’s a joy to be able to write to y’all this morning in my birthday suit. It also happens to be a great weekend because I was finally able to get a day off work yesterday so I could drive down to visit my folks for the weekend. As much as my mother still doesn’t understand naturism (and it’s still very hard to explain to her, and because of that I’m always dressed around her), I love my parents and am glad to spend some time back in my childhood home.

It’s still hard for me to explain to my mom about my life, because the big thing she fears I will never settle down with the right girl and see her grandkids, and she doesn’t understand that I still have things I want to do with my life before I’m ready to settle down. Because of that, she thinks I purposely am not trying, which is absolutely untrue. And when I told my parents I was going to my regular club for Labor Day, my mom wonders why if I have the money and time to go be around “naked people with everything hanging out”, in addition to being involved with my church and another Christian ministry group I belong to, why I can’t date? What my mom doesn’t understand is yes I am interested in dating, where I am with the time and small amount of money I have, and in a small town where there just aren’t as many free single women, it’s not that easy, and I still, as I said before, have things I still want to do before I really get serious on settling down, which I plan to do, I’m just not ready at the moment. My dad’s a lot more lenient, and tells me not to worry about it, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Big thing, not everyone’s going to understand your life, but don’t let that you hinder yourself from living it.

So friends, I know it’s not a long rant, and I’m going to be clothed for much of the rest of the weekend, but I wanted to at least say a hello to y’all and wish you all the best, especially as I blog on my 27th birthday in my birthday suit.

Have a great weekend y’all, and #NudeOn!

David B

A life changing decision. What does that mean for BareThoughts? #ChannelUpdate

Wishin’ the best for you and the family!

Bare Thoughts

Hey guys, it’s been awhile since there has been some news around this blog, but a lot of things have happened in our personal life and obviously this will affect Bare Thoughts aswell. In this update I’ll try to explain why and what is going to happen with this channel in 2018 but also in these last few weeks of 2017. If, after reading this, you still got questions, feel free to ask them, I’m happy to reply to you all.

It all starts with one of the biggest decisions in my life: I’m quitting the international truckerslife. I’ve done it for 11 years now and I love it a lot, but lately my body is telling me that it’s enough. The switching working hours, long days, stress and food are taking it’s toll, especially since I have Crohn’s disease and my energy is really going down the drain. Luckily…

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Good Naked Morning: 3 Years Now and Looking Back on the Year

Good naked morning, friends! This is a very special good naked morning because it happens to be coming on my 3rd anniversary of this blog this week, and my 3rd anniversary of officially declaring myself a nudist/naturist.

It’s been quite a year—my second at my job, unfortunately I haven’t been able to blog as much as I used to, and I have been under a lot of anxiety at work lately with projects and misunderstandings with my bosses. But naturism has helped me with finding relaxation and helping reduce my stress.

Within the last three years, going through all the blog posts I’ve written, I find it amazing how much I have grown as a person and as a naturist. When I started out as a nudist after really coming to accept myself working as an art model during my college years, I had no idea I’d become as involved as I have, and I have met so many great fellow naturists near and far. Starting on social media—then last year, fortunately able to finally join AANR and go to a naturist club and making a bunch of new friends. This year, unfortunately, I haven’t been as fortunate to get to my club because of work, and when I did, weather somehow had to conflict—the temperature going down, raining, or just not enough people to play water volleyball in the club pool. One thing I’m glad about was that this last Christmas, I was able to get a newer vehicle to replace my old one that, at 10 years old, was going on the fritz—the computer sensors were out of whack, my Service Engine Soon light would keep coming on and going off at the weirdest times, and then there were times when the ignition wouldn’t start. The last time I took that old car down to Ann Arbor to see my naturist friends down there last year, the wheel bearings gave out and it was a good $800 dollars of my saved-up stipend money to get fixed. Now that I have a more dependable newer SUV, I was fortunate to go down to Detroit earlier this year to see my Detroit/Ann Arbor area naturist friends at their midwinter meet-and-greet, and am hoping to be invited back again this coming winter.

I’m hoping that this coming year I can have some better luck with being more sociable in the naturist realm. With my busy work schedule and numerous expenses, it hasn’t been easy getting out there. But I’m keeping my spirits up, because tomorrow is another day, and next year is a new year with so many possibilities ahead. It’s like in the story of Cinderella—no matter how much Cinderella got pushed around, abused and humiliated by her jealous step-family, she continued to remain positive about every new dawn as someday her dreams of happiness would someday come. I’ll say the same about this past year—like I said, it hasn’t been easy to spend time with fellow naturists, but this next year I’m sure things will turn out better if I really believe they will and continue to remain positive about what the future will bring.

Have a good day, friends—and keep your eye out as I share some of my favorite posts throughout the last three years I’ve been writing on Twitter and in the FB group. And even though I don’t go by Buck anymore, I still love the freedom of being nude and still remain dedicated to spreading the positive message about naturism, simple nudity and body acceptance.

#NudeOn friends, and have a great day, and a great week!

David B

The irony with textile colonies | The Naturist Page

Very true words!

The Naturist Page

mom-covering-sons-eyes[1]22894162_1731359473549725_4429315740284814622_n[1]It’s quite interesting how within the textile colonies, that it’s ok to sell products by sex appeal. Violence is all over the television with beheadings, people getting their brains shot off; even games promote the same concept.

Yet, a simple display nudity that shows a nipple, butt crack, the penis, vagina on TV or in public — people lose their minds and freak out. in some cases, being barefoot in public people lose their minds.

It’s time for people to rethink the very way you were brainwashed and re-train your track of mind for at least just one second before skipping the rest of this article.

Simple nudity in a non-sexual manner isn’t sexual. Nudity is nudity and sex is sex. They are two different things. Nudity only becomes sexual if you make it so. I am not saying that Naturists do not have sex. Of course we do. There…

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Good Naked Morning: In a World of Manmade Artifices, Have We Lost Touch with our Roots?

Hey, good naked morning, friends!

So I’ve been thinking lately about advertising I’ve seen on network television lately. You see ads all the time for products that make our world a better place…but are they really? The way people predict the “future” of American urban society seriously makes me want to throw up—back in Back to the Future Part II (from 1989), they predicted 2015 to be a year of flying cars and smart computers that would take place of real people at the office. Well, thank heavens, we haven’t come as far as flying cars being the norm—the majority of our cars are still planted firmly on the ground. But even today, you have computer machines you can put in your home, you know what I’m taking about, in which you can tell them to do things for you—make lists, ask them questions, make them basically do almost everything for you. Have we really made our world a better place with these products like these tech geeks want to make us believe, or have we just made our kind more lazy?

Goodness, I just bought a new vehicle last winter, and I’ve really come to like my backup camera. But I still use my mirrors to make sure too, just as I was taught by my dad as I was starting driver’s training. Or how people who have backup sensors on the back of their cars? Still gotta be able to function if something goes wrong. I’ve really come to enjoy having conveniences on my smartphones (for personal and work), but I try not to be as dependent on them as some. To think, there are a lot of younger people these days who feel they cannot live without them. HAVE WE SERIOUSLY SPOILED OURSELVES THIS FAR THAT WE’VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF HARD WORK? It’s hard for me to see ads for machines like the Echo or Echo Dot, in which people say, “Do this” or “do that”, and all I want to shout at the TV is “Go do it yourself! Are you really that lazy?”

Yes I’m considered a millennial, because I was born in the early 90s, but it makes me want to puke seeing how much my generation gets stereotyped (at least by urban society), because of common habits a few have spread to numerous others of my generation. A lot of people think of all millennials as being the same, and the way society depicts them just makes it worse. Many think they can’t live without a smartphone, many are too afraid to move away from their parents or to even grow up.

In just the same manner, it seems like more and more throughout the years, younger generations have found so much more access to the sexual world and given in to modest and prudish ways that there are seems to be quite a lot less younger nudists now than there’ve ever been. At a lot of smaller nudist clubs, such as my club up here in Northern Michigan, I’m typically the youngest out of much of the visitors. Most of the people are older people, and of course, just much of my friends in my textile life around my small rural community are quite a bit older than me.

Our clothes-free way of life will never survive if populations of younger nudists continue decreasing. One thing a lot of younger people have a hard time with, because of all the pressure they get from the world around them as they grow up, is how much it isn’t necessary to objectify or stereotype the body. And technology isn’t making things any better—I mean sometimes it can be good, but never push a good thing too far. Technology can have its glitches—you still need to be able to function if technology malfunctions on you, the way I see it, try not to be as dependent on it. The less we depend on artificial things, the happier we can be and the more we can come to respect our roots. When God created man and woman, he said they were very good—and true to Genesis 2, Adam and his wife (Eve) were naked and not ashamed. In a world of nature, no less, not a world of artificial materials, why can’t we make our lives a little simpler?

It makes me think of last night when I was getting pizza at a small pizza joint down the street, this guy still only accepts cash or check—luckily the bank’s right across the street and I got some cash out. But there are lot of people these days who don’t even carry cash on them! That’s what gets me. And worse, a lot of people use their smartphones for stuff that doesn’t even have to do with talking to someone! Sometimes, it would just be great to hang on to the past instead of completely boycotting it.

Just think it over—have we really made the world a better place or have we just gotten lazier-minded? I’d like to get your thoughts. I don’t know, I just feel the world has gotten spoiled by a lot of artificial stuff that too many people have forgotten human roots. In the same regard, people shouldn’t have to fear about nudity or to see others simply naked for a non-sexual reason. It’s something to think about—of course everybody’s different, people have different ways of simplifying their lives too, I’d like to hear your thoughts on what we can do to help make the world a better place and in turn, help people better appreciate themselves instead of objectifying their bodies or body parts into something that’s forbidden. Or nature, things that man did not have to make, but have been here from the day God put them on this Earth. There must be a balance.

Well friends, I hope y’all have a great day—hope you enjoy the rest of your Saturday, and #NudeOn!

David B

“I’m having a lot of medical issues, can I still join or practice the world of naturism?”

Bare Thoughts

Well, to answer your question quickly: Yes you can! Thanks for reading my blog and see you next time. No just kidding, yes you can practice naturism when you’re having medical issues. Or should I say we can practice naturism while having medical issues? Because, as most of you already know, I’m having issues myself aswell since this year. In June of this year I was diagnosed with the chronic Crohn’s disease. Did that stop me from being a naturist? No it hasn’t.

It did change some things though.

And I’m not talking about medication. Because at the moment I’m not taking any medication. This can change in the near future. They inform me about that later this month. No I’m talking about all the things around it. Watching what I eat, making sure I’m having enough rest and sleep. And a lot more unannounced visits to the toilet. Another…

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Good Naked Morning: How Can We Work to Help People Better Understand Naturism?

Good naked morning, friends!

This fall weather up here in my neck of the woods has been kinda weird, but at the same time nice. I was out in a hunting blind yesterday morning and we didn’t see very many deer, I knew it was getting too warm, it’s another 70-degree weekend up here. It feels great while driving around on the job, but it’s not the greatest for hunting, at least not up here—I do pray for the best my friends at the nearby sportsman’s club who are doing their annual Independence Hunt this weekend for the 100% disabled and our vets. It’s also not the greatest weather for allergies, despite being over my recent headcold these changing temps are affecting my sinuses, and making me cough like crazy. But at least I’m not sick anymore, I’m happy about that. And it’s been absolutely beautiful around here, I’ve been taking color tours pretty much every weekend because the autumn leaves are just so beautiful in the forests just outside of town where I live up here in Northern Michigan.

So I was just watching a video not that long ago talking about a British beach town opening their beach up to nudists, and the reporter was interviewing a lot of the locals in town, many of whom were angry about the decision, thinking automatically that it’s all about sex. One complained saying it wouldn’t be right for kids to see—WHY NOT??? It all comes from the long-time myth about nudity being sexual, of course I would not want my kids to see porn or people having sex in public, that’s just wrong. But simple nudity is not about sex—it’s about comfort in your own skin and appreciating whom you really are. And kids are natural-born nudists, I know, I used to love running around the yard in nothing but my birthday suit. If anything, families should better teach their children about the differences between simple nudity and sex—don’t stop your kids from running around nude, I’d encourage it. All this myth about nudity being a bad thing has to do with how people are raised, and the more we raise our kids to think nudity is bad, the more they’re going to believe it.

It makes me think about riding around with one of the volunteers for this Independence Hunt I’ve been filming for work yesterday, in which I was telling him about how much I enjoy the area and how I feel like a lot of the news you hear today all seems to be towards the masses, the majority of US population that lives in metropolitan areas and you next to never hear about rural America. And he was talking about how as part of this hunt, when it comes to driving out to help collect deer and assisting hunters, he doesn’t have a problem with driving back and forth numerous times for miles in the same day, and how he feels from his experience how a lot of city people would go crazy going from place to place for long distances when they have everything right near them. Everybody’s different, and if you’re not familiar with something it can be hard for you to accept something new and really understand it.

And relating back to naturism and how a majority of society doesn’t understand it illustrates this pretty well. That’s why even though I wasn’t raised a nudist, I’m hoping I can raise my children to better accept their bodies, I would definitely encourage a clothing-optional household. If my kids see me nude, it shouldn’t be a big deal. I feel there should be more efforts made to encourage simple nudity, especially showing it more in TV adversiting. I’ve seen ads for humor, like a Serta ad with a guy wanting to be a nudist and his wife’s comfortable with it now that they have their new bed, that ad makes me laugh—we need more ads with simple nudity, and I think that will better demonstrate to the public that simple nudity is not sexual and it shouldn’t be a problem.

And whyever we blur our body parts is ridiculous too—as I’ve said before, this is why there’s such a disconnect for people. Our world has become so sexually generated, much of it from the porn industry making money, people have lost the fact that the male penis and genitalia and the female breasts are just normal parts of the body with a function like any other. If somebody has a problem with seeing a penis on TV and bothering to block it out because that’s a “sexual” body part supposedly, then you might as well blur out the hands, the mouth, the feet, everything. Same with a woman’s breasts and vulva. Obviously I am against the idea of purposely exposing your regional body parts for sexual purpose (which evolves from sexual society’s exploitation of the body), but the sight of a simple naked person shouldn’t be a big deal. I already know I’m straight and I’m interested in women, so the sight of a penis does not bother me. I think guys who do have a problem with seeing a full naked man have some kind of problem with themselves—same with women. If you’re going to bother showing simple nudity on TV, don’t blur it. Simple as that.

It’s still hard for me to open up to people about being a nudist/naturist, and a lot of the times when I do go to my regular club, I simply tell people I’m going to see friends—because that’s what I’m doing. We act just as we do with clothes on, we just feel more comfortable without, but act just as though we would if we were clothed.

Friends, I’d like to get your opinion. What do you think we can do to make strides to help better positively advocate the positives of naturism to the public?

I’ll talk to y’all soon, and have a great day…and #NudeOn!

David B

walking through the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Wish I could take adventures like this!

Active Naturists

naturist 0010 Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California, USA

The oldest living forest is as sacred as it gets for someone who is into natural history – and that is what Schulman grove of the ancient bristlecone pine forest is. Just imagine walking among the living beings that are as old the Egyptian pyramids! Discovery of these ancient plants was very important for dendrochronology, the technique of dating events, particularly climatic changes, by the characteristic patterns of annual growth rings tree trunks. There is a nice tourist information centre, where you can get brochures about these trees and maps with the trails. This is not an official naturist territory, but being a part of the Inyo National Forest, it is a federal land, and there’s no federal law against nudity; needless to say we wanted to experience the hike in this ancient forest ‘as nature intended’, naked. We of course picked the longest trail, which is ~4 miles, and didn’t see any other hikers.

cones 0000 Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California, USA

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