Nov. 1 was All Saints Day, a Christian commemoration of those individuals whose lives glorified God in such a way that they set an example for the rest of us. My favorite saint is Monica, mother to Augustine, who himself became a saint, mainly because Monica never gave up on him.

 When my daughter, Lindsay, was a baby, her favorite toy was her bunny — aptly named, “Bunny.” It stayed with her throughout her growing-up years. Today, some 30 years later, Bunny is in tatters, but is still in the picture. I know this because sometimes I see it hanging out of her purse.