Angela, 21st Century Mermaid
04 September 2020 @ 01:03 pm

I first went online during the 1980s, on a BBS. The world has certainly changed a lot since then, and so have my views on privacy. This LiveJournal account is now set to "Friends".

I've set up a more public blog @ 21st Century Mermaid.

If you wish to be added as a LiveJournal friend, please leave a comment introducing yourself. I can't guarantee that I'll add you back - I don't add people with blank journals unless I know you personally, for example.

May the Force Be With You.

Angela, 21st Century Mermaid
04 March 2014 @ 10:15 pm
So I went to a healing energy practice tonight, not realizing that their particular modality was Christian-based. And it was good. They let me know that they would be invoking Jesus Christ, and I let them know that I accepted that - energy is energy, love is love, right?

It was a positive and wonderful evening. I have nothing snarky to say. I just wanted to share that in a time when so many beliefs seem polarized and when so many people can not practise tolerance and acceptance - that we can indeed hold hands with each other and respect each other if we really want to.

I was south of Calgary and the stars were out, so I took a picture of me with one of them.

Day 63
Angela, 21st Century Mermaid
17 September 2013 @ 03:10 pm

When I open an eagerly anticipated package, the first thing I want to see is not:

Unwanted Christian propaganda while ordering lego

So I'm posting about this and have left a note on their Facebook page that I won't be ordering from them in the future. I ordered a Lego set, not a Bible.

Angela, 21st Century Mermaid
27 January 2013 @ 10:23 pm
10 years ago I took the plunge and joined LiveJournal. My username would've been neptune42, a name I used elsewhere, but somebody in Samoa had already grabbed it.

Initially my LJ friends were people I'd met in The Friends Zone, an online community. As I started to read their journals, I discovered that they had some cool friends. It felt very daring to friend someone I didn't know - but susandennis was very welcoming and friended me back. Thus I got braver and braver, and started to attract people myself. Now I have an incredible group of people who've been with me through ups and downs. I've had to say goodbye to family members and cats, and I've adopted more cats and even discovered I had a half-sister! I've changed jobs a few times and almost a year ago, became a first-time homeowner.

So I'm staying with LJ, though many have departed. To celebrate 10 years and more, I'm opening up for a friending frenzy. I'm always tickled and sometimes amused by the connections made by LJ friends with each other. Let's see what new connections and what new friends can be made. Tell your friends!

There are many ways of making friends. This is what I'm going with:

* A 46 year old woman living with three cats in Calgary.
* A proud Canadian.
* I enjoy Star Trek, I love Star Wars. I'm a geek and proud of it.
* I update webpages for a living.
* Lately I'm focussing more on my photography.
* I'm a pantheist. I don't feel a call towards organized religion, but I respect other people's faiths.
* I'm GLBT-friendly. Also I find polyamory interesting and frankly enjoy reading about the many ways people make it work.
* I write Grey's Anatomy fanfiction but I don't post it to my LJ. This blog is about me.
* This summer will be my second summer with a garden and I will be posting about that!
* I post 3-4 times a week. Expect lots of pictures of my cats.

* Have stories to tell.
* Are honest about who you are. I don't care if you fudge the numbers on your height or weight or age a bit, just don't create a false persona.
* Post at least semi-regularly. I don't have a magic formula that I require my friends to adhere to, I just like to friend journals that feel active. I will not friend a blank journal - LJ friendship is a two-way street.
* Bonus points for geekdom. :-)
* Bonus points for being a foodie - I've gone gluten-free and am always looking for recipe recommendations.

Since a picture tells a thousand words, here is some more about me:

The dawn of 2013


Now tell us about you!

Angela, 21st Century Mermaid
26 October 2012 @ 10:38 am
I always do better at getting into shape when I have a fitness goal. And now I have one. On March 2, 2013, I'm going to participate in Bust a Move, a six hour fitness event benefiting the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. My fundraising goal is $1,250 - you can support me at if you would like to.

If anyone local would like to join my team, the team name is "The Boobies Strike Back". :-)

Angela, 21st Century Mermaid
11 November 2011 @ 11:15 am
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~ John McCrae
Angela, 21st Century Mermaid
10 June 2011 @ 07:15 am
Excellent video about rape culture and ending violence against women.

Angela, 21st Century Mermaid
07 June 2011 @ 10:11 pm
Tonight, I went to a ceremony honouring certain milestones in blood donation, hosted by Canadian Blood Services. I got a certificate because last year, I achieved the milestone of 50 donations.

I couldn't get anyone to come with me, but I was fortunate to find a seat at a table of super nice people. At the table were two other women who'd donated 50 times, one man who'd donated 100 times, and a woman who'd donated over 500 times. I also saw some of the regular nurses at the platelets clinic, who congratulated me.

The ceremony was lovely - in between reading names and getting people to stand, there were a couple of speakers. One was a cop who has been driving donations in the Calgary Police Department and challenging cops in other cities (Calgary beat Edmonton last year). He was recognized for his work in promoting blood donation.

The second speaker carefully walked onstage - a 17 year old girl who lost her right leg to cancer and was wearing her fifth prosthesis. She's also lost two parts of her lungs, but has been cancer-free for six years now. I wasn't the only one moved to tears by her story.

The donors were grouped by milestones. 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 400, 500, 700 ... and one very stoic gentleman who has donated over 900 times. Also honoured were three people who donated bone marrow in 2010.

My father was on my mind a lot. He was also a blood donor. He had big plans for his 100th donation, scheduled for September of 2006. Mom was going to be there and so were media. Only he died of a stoke in July 2006 and didn't officially achieve 100 donations. Representatives of the Canadian Blood Services showed up at the visitation and gave us a pin for 100 donations, since he'd donated a few times out of the service area that didn't get counted. Dad would have loved the ceremony.

Angela, 21st Century Mermaid
08 January 2011 @ 11:49 pm
This perfectly sums up my feelings about today's events. I am not claiming that Sarah Palin's map inspired the shooter. I am not saying that she actually intended for someone to take it seriously and shoot someone on the list. I am not saying that she should be happy that someone on her list did indeed get shot.

I'm saying that treating gun violence as a joke is wrong on many levels. And today was a hard lesson on why. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.

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Angela, 21st Century Mermaid
03 January 2011 @ 11:44 pm
On a tip from ruralrob, I used and the site created a video of 2000 of my Flickr images. So cool.