Pingy-Dingy Wednesday – Ije Ude, Samia Abou-Samra and Turtle Tank

Ije and Samia are utterly and mind-blowingly brilliant and have the biggest hearts in the world! The last time we were in New York, Tex and I met them at a Georgian restaurant and sat there until the wee hours, talking about queerness, radical anti-racism work, social justice, outside-the-stratosphere business ideas, children, mental health in communities of color, queer youth, butch/femme, and so much more! What a gift!

Ije, Samia and Turtle Tank, you get one pingy-dingy! Thank you for the incredible work you’re doing, for helping activists, organizers and business owners do what they do in the healthiest, most genuine and efficient ways, for incubating the kinds of ideas, businesses and enterprises that are putting healthy and generative energy into the world, and for just being two of the most loving and generous people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing!

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 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.”)