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

Poke around a little!
Community / Featured blogs

Poke around a little!

People have asked how I am ordering all the newly listed blogs that I announce.  The simple truth is: I don’t.  I have a huge list of new blogs and I open pages at random.  Once I have 6-8 pages open, I poke around, read a bit, sometimes comment, and […]

From here and there and everywhere
Community / Featured blogs

From here and there and everywhere

Isn’t it great how this just continues and continues?   Here is today’s installment for Week of Blogs!  This particular list takes us from middle of Virginia all the way to Bangkok!  It also includes two guest bloggers.  We love having readers and people from our blog directory (and really […]

More Blogs. More Love. Bigger Village.
Community / Featured blogs

More Blogs. More Love. Bigger Village.

One of the reasons I love VillageQ is that I do believe that it takes a village to raise a child.  In part, I believe this because my two-year-old has more energy than anyone ever.  No. Really.  And in part, I believe this because while everyone takes their own path […]

Expansion 2.0
Community / Featured blogs

Expansion 2.0

If I was über-excited about the re-branding to VillageQ, I am head-over-heels excited to the max about our expanding blog directory.  Not only are we expanding in numbers, we are representing so many different and wonderful voices and experiences.  Just start meandering around the directory— you are sure to find […]

Mexico City celebrates same-sex marriage
News & Politics

Mexico City celebrates same-sex marriage

A few weeks back, on July 14,  Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, Mexico City Governor, served as witness for the communal wedding of 26 same-sex couples.  In a statement after the ceremony, he proclaimed that the government of  Mexico City plans to refine public policies for all sectors of society.  In fact, […]

Identity: A #VQvlogs Vlog-a-thon
Life / Media / Portraits

Identity: A #VQvlogs Vlog-a-thon

Several months ago, we held our first vlog-off where we asked people to talk about similarities and differences.  In my humble opinion, the results were phenomenal.  In the end, five people submitted videos, 3 Contributors and 2 Readers.  I was thrilled that readers participated (Side note: If you like the videos […]

Linguistic Relativity and (Queer) Identity
Identity / Life

Linguistic Relativity and (Queer) Identity

Language, in fact, defines the way we think. Stop. Think about that sentence. The idea really blows my mind… although it seems so simple at first.   But it is really hard to grapple with an issue when you can’t name it.  In fact, often, naming something is seen as […]

Looking for lesbian families?  Here we are!
Family

Looking for lesbian families? Here we are!

Liza has already talked about Googling ad naseum to find other lesbian families when she was pregnant.  The truth is that in the English language— googling “lesbian family”, “lesbian mama”, and “lesbian parents” will get you a lot of legitimate, life affirming sites that are not filled with bigotry or porn. In fact, […]

Do You See a Fence?
Life

Do You See a Fence?

We are taught to think in binary.  Either/ Or.  Check the box.  Black or white?  Male or female?  Old or young?  Single or Married?  Parent or Childless?  Of course, these binary relationships don’t encompass everything or everyone, but we, as a society, try so hard to force people into this […]

The EU Gets It Right: Promoting, Protecting LGBTI People
News & Politics

The EU Gets It Right: Promoting, Protecting LGBTI People

While the LGBT and ally community in the US has been holding their breath and scanning the SCOTUS blog for updates on when marriage equality rulings will come down (tomorrow, it seems), the European Union decided to do something. As of yesterday, all EU diplomats around the globe have been […]