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

New York Times: What We’re Fighting For (An op-ed from a former Marine who fought in Iraq)

“That’s why those Marines were trained to care for their enemy. That’s why another Marine gave his own blood to an insurgent. Because America is an idea as much as a country, and so those acts defend America as surely as any act of violence, because they embody that idea. That nurse, in the quiet, alone with that insurgent, with no one looking as he cared for his patient. That was an act of war.”

Yes! magazine: We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too (I think this is why I love running outside so much. I don’t even want to run if I can’t do it outdoors.)

BuzzFeed News: How Anna Nicole Smith Became America’s Punchline (Tragic…on a few levels)

Vox: A top Putin critic on how to oppose Trump: “making him look like a loser is crucial” (Very insightful and quite terrifying, frankly. Resisting these attacks against our government cannot (and should not) be a partisan issue — this is about our democracy and our way of life and everybody, left or right leaning, should care about that).

“We gave Putin a chance in Russia, and it was the last free election we ever had. It’s far better to act and later admit you overreacted than to do nothing until it’s impossible to act.”