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

Where are the non-sexy girl Halloween costumes?
Culture

Where are the non-sexy girl Halloween costumes?

When I think back on Halloween, I remember pulling together costumes that revolved around a favorite character in a book or what I now recognize as an inappropriate objectification of another person’s cultural heritage.  I don’t remember worrying about how to make myself more sexy or how to pretend something […]

PHOTO CREDIT: MARIE-LAN NGUYEN
Community / Featured blogs

Looking for a bookend (Meet the newest VQ blog listings)

Old friends, memory brushes the same years, silently sharing the same fears ~ Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, “Old Friends” Isn’t it funny how the internet has changed our patterns of friendship?  Now, instead of hoping to find someone with similar interests in a class or at a job or […]

I hate hate speech
News & Politics

I hate hate speech

In honor of October being the anti-bullying month (Thanks CJ for pointing this out and giving such interesting– and depressing– statistics about queer teen suicide rates), I wanted to share this video about “No Hate Speech,” a campaign against fear by the Council of Europe. The No Hate Speech website also […]

PHOTO CREDIT: ARDFERN
Family / Kids

Toddler-driven classification systems

I rarely ever cross-post a piece from my personal blog, but today I am making an exception.  On the one hand, I am having many proud parenting moments when my daughter questions people’s anatomy.  On the other hand, I am at a complete loss to help her respond to gender norming […]

Louis XIV enfant assis sur un trône à côté de sa mère est entouré de trois figures allégoriques la Justice, la Vérité et la Paix
Family

Stop judging me!

On my personal blog, I already ranted about the adults who thought it was appropriate to chastise my husband and me for our daughter’s crying on a long-haul plane flight.  I won’t rehash all the details here; you can read about it through the link and leave me some much-needed […]

Photo: Brent Moore
Community / Featured blogs

A bit of a crush

Okay. I admit it.  I have a bit of a crush (and, no, VillageQ is not talking about our collective crush on Hart again).  Actually, at times, this new crush has felt like a bit of an obsession. Hasn’t that happened to you to? A time when you think you […]

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album cover
Culture / Entertainment / News & Politics

Different realities, same love

I left Tirana, Albania, in a bit of a whirlwind for an emergency trip home I hadn’t planned.  I said goodbye to nobody.  Sitting home, in the relative safety of the U.S., I didn’t mention I was gone. A friend posted on my Facebook wall about the protests surrounding Montenegro’s […]

Making our own definitions
Identity

Making our own definitions

First, I want to thank everyone who considered doing a vlog for VQ’s first Vlog-a-thon.  Multiple people emailed to say they had planned to but ran out of time or were just nervous about getting online.  I get it.  I totally do. Maybe next time and if not, let’s enjoy […]

Fully updated!
Community / Featured blogs

Fully updated!

Phew! The blog directory is fully updated!  Please let us know if you find a broken link.  And, even more importantly, please share the List Your Blog Here URL so that we can keep growing!  (We’ll post a round-up of blogs new to the listings monthly from here on out.) […]

Truth time
Community / Featured blogs

Truth time

Hmmm.  On day five of Week of Blogs, I may be running out of intro words.  Plus, I hate the thought that you spend any time reading my ramblings instead of checking out the blogs below.  On the other hand, perhaps if I don’t write a compelling enough intro, you […]