A postscript to Monday’s Meditation about our connection to the animals: My neighbor, who I’ll call “Coach”, was swatting at a bee on his front porch the other day, while reading his newspaper on a beautiful autumn morning. “Oh, me and the bee are just hanging out,” he told me. “I’m not going to kill it. He’s my buddy – he’s keeping me busy, and I’m keeping him busy!”

“God bless. Hey, enjoy this wonderful day!” he called at me, and he went on doing just that – bee and all.