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Nudist & Proud
Totally A Nudist - Inside and Outside
I have always been a nudist in mind and heart all my life. I was not born into a nudist family, although I wish I had been.
I didn't practice nudism actively until I started working at age 17. It took me a number of years to experience my first nude vacation - at Club Orient on St. Martin. When I arrived there, I was very nervous because that was the first time I had been completely naked. I was nervous that others would comment negatively about how I looked, but they didn't! They accepted me just like I was and talked with me openly and I met some wonderful people while there, including the managers who were nudists from Holland.
As the week progressed, I was very comfortable wearing nothing and by the time the week was over, I hated to put clothes on for the trip home.
I am retired now and am living in a retirement community that is textile. I have to wear clothes when I am outside my apartment but when I'm inside my apartment, I live naked all the time.
I will tell anyone I'm a nudist and proud of it if the conversation lends itself to revealing that about myself to my friends here. It hasn't happened yet, but I'm sure I will be able to "come out of the closet" about my liking to live naked all the time!
Living naked is lots of fun! I don't have to decide what I'm going to wear any day. It sure makes doing laundry easier and less stressful!
For the rest of my life, this is the way I choose to live--naked and free, and proud of it! I'm hoping to marry a nudist lady to share my life with and grow old together. For me "The best is yet to be!"
Raleigh, North Carolina
Meeting a Better Class of People.
I've met some of the coolest people at nudist resorts. Nudists are different than most textiles...better.
A New Lifestyle
I had been married for 34 years when the divorce left me on my own. Looking for a change of lifestyle, one which my ex would never accompany me, I attended a local nudist camp. Being a single male, I was able to visit, but not become a member. I was given a tour of the camp, in the nude, by a married couple, also nude. Talking with this couple confirmed in my mind that this life style is so very open and worth pursuing.
Then later, I took a Florida vacation and found Haulover Beach, south of Miami. The attached picture was a self portrait taken on the beach. Being very cautious to not include any other attendees on the beach, I became sold on this activity, and continue to visit the Florida beach every January/February.
Occasional I use Facebook to tell my friends how I feel about nudism & health, or friends, family, and nudism. I like to be nude. I have no problem being nude in front of my partner, or future children. I would probably allow my kids to run around nude. I've been nude with or around my friends and family... though they don't often understand. Other than that I haven't experienced the larger social aspect of nudity yet. Maybe I'll try it sometime...
Newmarket, New Hampshire
The Last Supper - When we came out of the clothes closet and proclaimed we were nudists
Hi, This is Tom and Mary Clare Mulhall. We own The Terra Cotta Inn, Palm Springs, California. We have a fun coming out of the clothes closet story.
We met in college, skinny dipped and loved it. In our early 20's, we saw an ad or story in a local Chicago paper about a nudist campground in Wisconsin. We went there, and were hooked forever.
And we love nudism so much, we started Terra Cotta Inn in December, 1994.
We were like typical nudists, still in the closet. Well, if you live in Chicago, and move to Palm Springs, I can guarantee you that your relatives WILL visit you during the cold winters. Thus, we knew we had to come out of the closet before we moved.
Mary Clare is an excellent cook. She used to write cookbooks before it was trendy and was the director of the test kitchens at Quaker Oats. We had been having Thanksgiving at our house for the relatives for years. That Thanksgiving in 1994 was to be the "last supper" before we moved to Palm Springs.
All dinner long everyone was asking us about our plans and resort. Mary Clare and I decided to tell the relatives we were starting a nudist resort after dinner.
Since I have the biggest mouth (this is Tom and I am the AANR PR chair), Mary Clare let me break the news.
I started slowly by letting everyone know how Palm Springs is famous for its sunshine (we're the sunniest city in the US). That many California women did not like tan lines and that when they sunbathed, they unbuckled their bikini tops so they didn't have tan lines on their backs.
Everyone agreed. I then said well, they don't want tan lines on their fronts either, so many women don't bother to wear swimsuit tops poolside. Everyone gasped and asked "what are you going to do?" We said we'll let guests topless sunbathe like at other places.
I then said many men and women don't like any tan lines at all. Again they asked, "what will you do?"
And I said, we'll let them sunbathe nude like other places.
Someone asked, "If they're going nude, how will you dress?"
I said, "We've been to nude beaches in Europe, so if everyone is nude, we'll go swimming with them without bathing suits on too."
That got everyone talking the rest of the night.
Later on, my dad who is ethnic Irish Catholic cornered me and said, "What about your soul?"
When I asked "What are you talking about?" He told me I was going to be damned to hell for being nude. I told him he and I used to swim nude at the local YMCA and in Boy Scouts. He said that was different because no women saw us nude. I took a chance and told him to talk to his parish priest, I'm sure he will say it was OK.
Well that Sunday my dad called after mass, said he talked to the priest and he said as long as there was no adultery, it was not a sin to nude sunbathe.
Thus my parents have been out to see us many times before my dad passed away. And we have had many relatives visit us and the majority have gone nude.
We encourage everyone to proudly proclaim you are a Nudist and Proud
-Tom and Mary Clare Mulhall
Palm Springs, California