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    Today is the day the article about River Valley Naturist and Nudism was supposed to come out. It didn't. I drove to Sallisaw and spoke with Monica, the nice young lady that interviewed me. She said she appologized and hoped I wasn't inconvenienced. There had been prior articles she and other staff writers had been working on that need to come out so the RVN article was postponed till this coming Sunday. She assured me it would be in the Sunday paper and on their web site. So, I shall wait 'til Sunday. Have a good one.
    Shaylin [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img]

  • #2
    Darn Shay, and I was looking forward to reading it. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]
    Well I hope Sunday gets here soon! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img] (Oh it is Sunday, I live in CA!) [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]


    • #3
      Well, gang, it is Sunday and still no article even though Monica assured me it would be in today. ??? I will get in touch with Monica tomorrow and see what's up. I am at a loss. When and IF it does finally come out I will let you all know. Shaylin


      • #4
        Maybe the Censors havn't finished with it yet.
        They might be trying to figure out how to Blurr all the words like nude, nudist, and nudism just in case children try to read it.



        • #5
          What a disappointment Shay. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]

          Maybe it is like Steve, (N i t N) said. They may be trying to come up with other wording so young eyes won't see offending words.

          Oh boy>>> [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]


          • #6
            FINALLY. The article came out and it is a very good article. It is not on the web site, however. It is two columns long. Each column is approximately 13 inches long. While Monica did not promote naturism, there was nothing in the article negative or even hinting something negative. I believe it presents nudism in a very fair manner. In fact, the only thing that could have made the article better is if she had posted my picture. But then again, if she had done that everybody would be looking at how purty I looked and forget to read the article.

            I don't know how to put it on the forum but I will send copies to different people and maybe they will figure it out.

            Maybe noodjuggler or naturistmark will PM me their address and I will send them a copy and they can post it.


            • #7
              I can't wait to read it.
              I'm glad to hear you say that she had a fair and positive angle to the story.

              You did us proud Shay!



              • #8
                I'm looking forward to reading it.


                • #9
                  Me too Shay...can't wait to Read all about it. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

                  (This is an Extra, Extra special post for you buddy!) [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]


                  • #10
                    Me too..cheers..NoodJuggler


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                      • #12
                        Travel Nudist Club Tries to Attract Area Residents
                        Group Advocates Body Acceptance

                        by Monica Keen
                        Staff Writer

                        Who knew a travel nudist club existed just miles outside the county?

                        The group does exist, and taking a short excursion across the country line by way of US Highway 59 south will take residents to the home of a man who formed the River Valley Naturist group in January for people who are comfortable with no clothing.

                        Shaylin Yarberry of Shady Point said he doesn't buy into the superficiality of today's mainstream society or what society says people should look like, and has formed a group to try to change negative attitudes about nudism, which is also called naturism, and promote body acceptance.

                        "We accept our bodies and others as they are," Yarberry said.

                        Yarberry said many people don't know about naturism or that it even exists.

                        Naturism or nudism is defined in the group's membership pamphlet as "a way of life in harmony with nature characterized by the practice of social nudity, and naturism believes in the essential wholesomeness of all human bodies."

                        "It's about body acceptance," Yarberry said.

                        The group not only accepts people with bodies of all shapes and sizes, but also regardless of the person's race, religion, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.

                        For only $15 a year, a person can join the group, which currently has 11 members, where nudism is not only accepted, but expected.

                        Yarberry said the yearly fee helps pay for advertising, which he has purchased in area newspapers. He said he has received response from residents in Sequoyah County.

                        However, before being accepted into the only nudist club in eastern Oklahoma that doesn't own land, those interested must have a face-to-face interview with Yarberry so he can find out about the applicant's attitudes about nudism and their intentions for joining.

                        Yarberry said the applicant's intentions should be positive toward nudism. He said he has rejected some men who thought the club was about sex.

                        Yarberry said one of the biggest misconceptions about nudism is that it's a sex club, but he strongly insists nudism is unrelated to sex.

                        He said people who go to nude resorts with that frame of mind will soon find out most resorts are family oriented, and no sex is involved. Yarberry said nudism is good for children because, they get to see that it's OK to have different body types.

                        He said their group doesn't have any young members, and consists of four women and seven men, including three couples.

                        "You'll find more sex at a regular beach than at a nudist resort," Bruce McClain of Poteau, a member of the area club, said.

                        McClain said there are many naturists around, but they just don't tell people because they think they would be treated differently.

                        Since Yarberry's group is a travel club and they don't have a permanent place to meet, members meet at individual houses and have meetings and potluck dinners. Since spring has arrived, they will be camping and picnicking and also traveling to resorts in Oklahoma.

                        Laws in Arkansas prohibit nudist clubs from existing or being formed, and by law a person's doctor or spouse are the only people allowed to see him or her naked.

                        In Oklahoma no laws exist that prevent nude clubs or resorts.

                        Yarberry, who has been a nudist for about 20 years, has lived at this current home for about 10 years and has introduced himself to his neighbors, but they don't have a problem with his nude lifestyle.

                        "I was born naked," Yarberry said with a laugh. "I've always felt more comfortable without all these clothes on."

                        Yarberry said everyone who knows him knows that he is a nudist.

                        "I don't hide it," Yarberry said.

                        Yarberry estimates he spends about 98 percent of his day nude, but said he obviously has to wear certain clothes for protection against the elements or if he drives into town to go to the grocery store.

                        "People wear clothes to hide what they think is bad," Yarberry said. "We should accept our bodies."

                        Yarberry said they do believe clothes also have a purpose for protection, but not for modesty's sake, and McClain added that nudists always sit on a towel for hygiene reasons.

                        "When it gets cold, we put clothes on," Yarberry said.

                        Yarberry said it's not that nudists don't care about fitness or staying healthy.

                        "But we realize that men aren't going to be like Adonis and women aren't going to be like Brittany Spears," Yarberry said.

                        Yarberry said nudism instills self-esteem and breaks down class barriers since it doesn't matter what people look like or the type of material things they own.

                        McClain said men in general are a little less self-conscious of their bodies than women because women see on television and magazines every day that they have to be and look a certain way.

                        Yarberry said women in nudism tend to be happier than women in regular society since pressure is taken off them.

                        Yarberry said most nudists are generally accepting of other people. He said he has people ask him where he looks when he's talking to someone who is nude and he tells them that he looks at people's faces, not their bodies.

                        "It's hard for people to understand," Yarberry said.

                        He recommends that skeptics to to a place where clothing is optional and see how freeing it is.

                        For more information about the club, visit the group's work-in-progress Website at


                        • #13
                          Thank you Mark for posting this for me. I hope everyone will take time and read it. Thanks again. Sh?ylin


                          • #14
                            Just read the article, Shay...It was VERY good! I think it was positive in its presentation, and that it covered the facts as adequately as space would allow. Good job!


                            • #15
                              That's a good, positive article. I hope you get some positive response.