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

My Niece Stopped Pretending To Be A Doctor
Family / Kids / News & Politics / Parenting

My Niece Stopped Pretending To Be A Doctor

My sister is an outspoken, strong, independent woman who has worked to empower her daughter to move beyond gender stereotypes in every way possible. In some ways, she is winning that uphill battle, however, a visit to Milwaukee’s Discovery World seven years ago still haunts me.   My niece must have been […]

Results of the Great Vlog-off!
Family

Results of the Great Vlog-off!

When I first announced the Vlog-Off, my biggest fear was that literally no one would submit anything at all. It was a fear akin to showing up naked at middle school, though I am sure that my parents or the cold Wisconsin winter would have stopped me before I could actually […]

Bouncin’ Bouncin’ Babies
Family / Kids / Parenting

Bouncin’ Bouncin’ Babies

My daughter is 20 months old and has discovered the joy of music.  In reality, she has discovered a love of dancing, skipping around in circles Gangnam style, and bouncing to any beat.  Watching her inescapable joy on the dance floor, I am transported back to my old love of clubbing.  While my days of […]

Caught in the Middle
Family / Life / Sex & relationships

Caught in the Middle

I do not believe that being bisexual is just a failure to admit that I am gay. But I have been told it is. I do not believe that being bisexual is simply experimenting until I find the right man to settle down with. But I have been told it […]

Vlog-off: Differences and Similarities
Family

Vlog-off: Differences and Similarities

Sometimes, dear readers, I struggle with what to write about.  What is interesting to you? What is relevant? What am I comfortable sharing? What can I possibly say? The truth is that I learn and am moved so much by the other contributors, that I sometimes feel unworthy of the space […]

Legal status of adoption by same-sex couples around the world.
Family / Family-building

Adoption around the World

All kinds of families everywhere use a variety of means to create family.  In the LGBT community, one avenue that is open to use is adoption.  Except, it isn’t always open to us. Here is the wikimap of legal status of same-sex couples around the world:   This week, however, […]

Comic from BackyardChikens.com
Culture / Family / Food / Kids

Tried and true: Recipes for kids with the sniffles

Originally, when I agreed to blog here, I agreed to blog once a month. But then, I had an idea: what if I blogged twice a month and one of those posts was more of a question or resource center? Of course, this idea will only work if you all […]

A Swedish toy-shop company is attempting to deflect allegations of sexism by producing a "gender neutral" Christmas catalogue featuring boys with dolls and gun-toting girls.
Family / Kids / Parenting

Gender-free parenting?

(This blog post is cross-posted from Clare Says where it was mostly ignored, except by someone who emailed to say I should post it on Lesbian Family.) I am not sure exactly how we got on the subject, but my husband asked if I would treat our child different if […]

On the road to freedom
News & Politics

On the road to freedom

  As I mentioned in my last post, I want to give a little bit of international flair to the site.  Granted, Julieta has taken over my old beat… the Latin beat.  So, since I have physically moved on, I will in my blogging as well.   I now live in […]

A trip to Budapest while 8 months pregnant with Little Elephant
Family

Clare Says “Hi LF!”

Hi! My name is Clare and I will be blogging here (granted, Polly already told you that). I wish we had some better ice-breaker game than these intro posts.  What exactly am I supposed to write here?  Particularly difficult following some of the stellar, shocking, quirky, and hilarious intros that […]