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I spent this past weekend with my friends Mark and John at their fabulous, bucolic spread in West Virginia. Saturday was bright and warm, so that I got to witness a particularly intense demonstration of the latest plague, the incredible invasion of Chinese stinkbugs. They covered the entire sunny side of the house and made it difficult to eat outdoors in peace. Seriously, it was the damndest thing. Elsewhere in the garden, the Buddha contemplated the multiple layers of meaning within this invasive species' presence:
I also was pleased to see frolicking marmots and to eat homemade pawpaw pudding. This is near Washington DC but seemed like a million miles away:
More to come!