Articles written by: Clare Masson

Clare started blogging in 2004 when she realized that no one read those long rambling emails she wrote as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova. Somehow no one reading words in the vacuum of cyberspace felt much safer than people ignoring direct messages. She blogs at Musings from inside, outside, and underneath about living overseas (Chile, Cambodia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, and Albania (current home), her daughter (aka Little Elephant), food, and generally anything else that crosses her mind. Opinions expressed are solely her own and do not express the views or opinions of her employer

5 Ways to Work Blogging into Parenting Life
Family / Parenting

5 Ways to Work Blogging into Parenting Life

Blogging and summer vacation don’t mix – or at least they don’t for me. The same seems to be true of some of my favorite bloggers because I have seen a noticeable downturn in blogging as the days of summer in the Northern Hemisphere wear on. My usual weekly stint here is […]

5 Wishes for the Sick Single Parent
Family / Parenting

5 Wishes for the Sick Single Parent

So, you are sick. And you are a single parent (or temporarily solo parenting). This is the worst. I know. I was there last week (with my toddler). In the spirit of the recently recuperated, here are my five hopes for you: 5. I hope that your kiddo is old […]

IDAHOT: A Three Part Journey to Acceptance
News & Politics

IDAHOT: A Three Part Journey to Acceptance

Like last year, for me, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)* started with a bike ride in Albania, gay activists, the international community, progressive straight allies, and a bit of trepidation about potential violence.

IDAHOT Around the World
News & Politics

IDAHOT Around the World

Tomorrow is IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia). Last year I wrote about participating in Albania’s 2nd Gay Ride Against Homophobia. Note: I plan to be at the 3rd annual bike ride tomorrow, but this year, it appears, we will be riding in the rain. I am still ever […]

Never Say No – A Feminist Dilemma
Family / Parenting

Never Say No – A Feminist Dilemma

My inner tomboy hoped she would reject pink and make-up and all the vestiges of femininity that go along with societal teachings that girls must be pretty, sexy, and smart but not too smart.

Photo credit: Clare Masson
Parenting

Birthday Silence

My 3-year-old daughter sings. She sings and composes. She allows every thought in her head to spill out in song, often through a microphone given to her for her last birthday, often as loud as humanly possible, often on repeat.

Comic from http://www.blaugh.com/
Family

When your partner doesn’t blog

Which stories are mine to tell? Where is the line between ours and mine? Who decides?

Wisconsin high school taking important steps (again)
News & Politics

Wisconsin high school taking important steps (again)

Last week, Shorewood led the way once again. It is the first high school in the city of Milwaukee to adopt transgender student guidelines and will make accommodations for students, including use of appropriate bathrooms and changing spaces.

DIY: melted crayon art
Kids / Parenting

DIY: melted crayon art

Over Christmas, my daughter received a melted crayon art piece for her room. Not only is it a great playful addition to a toddler’s room, it adds a splash of color and was a lot of fun for the teenage family member to make! I thought some do-it-at-home art was […]

Blogs: the solution to weather
Community / Featured blogs

Blogs: the solution to weather

Does the polar vortex have you locked inside? Are you in the southern hemisphere experience gut wrenching heat without a powerful enough AC?  VillageQ has the answer:  new blogs to read!  So, snuggle in with your electronic device of choice and enjoy these new listings.  Don’t for get to check […]