No, We Don't Need to Quit Social Media

A lot of energy is spent by people on social media, complaining about social media. Have you noticed this? We fight algorithms that don’t help us grow a business. We shout at one another for not living to an unwritten standard that only we define the parameters for. We read meaning into tweets simply not directed at us. We feel bruised by perfection but don’t want to feel miserable at all the reality being shared either. We detox, delete apps, take time out, make rules and lists and goodness me, don’t we all like a group message safe from prying eyes?

And yet, I adore being online.

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Defining My Femme- Guest Post by Ash Alberg

Today, I am sharing the words of guest contributor Ash who is exploring a sense of identity as they navigate a queer identity that is often misunderstood both straight communities and LGBTQ+ 

"To be femme is to queer (as in disrupt, as in challenge, as in unsettle, as in actively question) femininity.

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How I Make Easy Stock from Kitchen Scraps

Here's how to make easy vegetable stock from kitchen scraps. This is my quick way to make sure we always have fresh stock to hand for soups, stews and thinning down sauces while still keeping things flavourful. The best part is you can make this as you go and freeze it in small batches in ziplock bags. Need more stock? Grab a few extra bags from your freezer! 

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The APD Podcast: In Conversation with Jonna Hietala and Sini Ellen

Today’s podcast guests are Jonna and Sini, the co-founders of Laine Magazine. Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit & lifestyle magazine that celebrates natural fibres, slow living, local craftsmanship and beautiful, simple things in life.This is a magazine that inspires knitters but also contains lifestyle pieces like city guides, delicious recipes and feature interviews. Laine Magazine is enriched with all of Jonna and Sini's passions as photographers, story tellers and knitters. 

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Learning to Live with the Ageing Process- Guest Post by Amy Herzog

Today, I am sharing the words of guest contributor Amy who is exploring her sense of identity as she faces the changes to her body and appearance that comes with ageing.....

"I live in two different worlds: My internal world, where my matriarchs are with me still. My outside world, where people really seem to believe that how we look matters and women looking older is to be avoided if possible."

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Creating a Safe Space for Conversation

There are some days when a conversation can be lifesaving. The connections we form with one another as human beings often centre around interactions that leaves us with a warm feeling of being welcomed in. But what about when that conversation isn’t successful? What about when words feel barbed, sensitive and more like being handed a grenade with the pin pulled out?

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