Pingy-Dingy Wednesday – Awakened Action: Women Leaders Speak to Race, Poverty, Climate, and the Pandemic over at Upaya!

The day began with meditation, so wonderful. And then the speakers. These incredible women are such deep thinkers, fierce warriors, compassionate leaders; I couldn’t tear myself away from this harrowing, hopeful, inspiring day of truth telling. These women and their work are a gift, and if my heart has to be broken over and over in grief and despair, I am grateful to have their company.

Here’s who spoke:  Dekila Chungyalpa; Christiana Figueres; Jane Fonda; Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD; Sensei Wendy Johnson; Sensei Kritee Kanko, PhD; Stephanie Kaza, PhD; Diana Liverman, PhD; Joanna Macy, PhD; Rebecca Solnit; Heather McTeer Toney, JD

Awakened Action and Upaya, you get one pingy-dingy! Thank you for connecting spirituality with activism and for providing such a varied, beautiful, necessary program.

I’m a typewriter whompin’, card catalogue lovin’ white girl from back in the day, and I yearn for a time before the covers of trade paperbacks were all squidgy, so you can imagine that I don’t actually understand what a pingback is. I do know that it can in some way be part of spreading the love, and since that’s what I’m all about at The Total Femme… every Wednesday, I pay homage to the laughter, love, and inspiration to be had elsewhere online.

At the Total Femme, my intention is to post three times a week: Meditations for Queer Femmes on Monday, Pingy-Dingy Wednesday on Wednesday and Femme Friday on Friday. Rather than play catch-up in a stressful fashion on those weeks when life prevents posting, I have decided to just move gaily forward: if I miss a Monday, the next post will be on Wednesday, and so on. Thank you, little bottle of antibiotics for inspiring me in this! (“…if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.”) As recover from treatment for breast cancer, however, I’m just going to post whenever I can manage.


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