A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.

NPR: Swooping Starlings in Murmuration (This brief, of course, led me down an Internet rabbit hole where I learned more about murmuration, that starlings are an invasive species, and that we can blame their arrival in the U.S. on Shakespeare…or at least one Shakespeare lover who imported and 60 Starlings in Central Park in 1890.)

Appalachian Trail Stories: 10 Unexpected Things I Learned on a 2,000 Mile Journey

The New York Times: How Republics End (America is…truly…on the edge. This is not hyperbole, folks. Democracy is at stake.)

“Here’s what I learned: Republican institutions don’t protect against tyranny when powerful people start defying political norms. And tyranny, when it comes, can flourish even while maintaining a republican facade.”

Fresh Air: Under Apartheid, Trevor Noah’s Mother Taught Him to Face Injustice with Humor (If you have time…listen to the entire podcast…it’s pretty insightful).

A Mighty Girl: Cultivating Compassion: Books About Financial Hardship Hit Close to Home