And so, this year I decided to fast on Yom Kippur. This time though, 26 years later, the list that I might read aloud to my son would be thus:
- Fast for Obama and the change we need
- Fast in support of William Ayers, a colleague I admire so much for never giving up his activist work for social justice, especially in education
- Fast for the future of this country and the world
- Fast in gratitude for all the good that I have in my life right now
There are probably more reasons why I feel like joining in the Fast today. As the day progresses I might reflect on them and find out a few more. In my own, small, personal way, I feel I must do something to combat the evil, hysterical atmosphere out there in McCain/Palin Land, as it intrudes into my body and soul, and dignity, and as I hear these deranged and vile attacks on people I respect and admire.