“If you live in the woods for a few winters you learn how beautiful that season is. When the trees are leafless you can appreciate their bark and their bending. Spring, summer, and fall are fashion shows; winter is a parade of nudes. Creatures without roots are also worth studying. Birds sing less but they are seen more; animals leave tracks like sociologists' flow charts. It’s a hard sell to the public though. The warmest parka is no match for the USVI. So the resort sails over the cliff, hoping to touch down briefly on Valentine’s Day.”— Richard Brookhiser, “Country Life: Closing Time,” National Review, January 26, 2015
Well, there’s more suburban New Jersey than the deep rural life that Brookhiser is celebrating (sort of) in this quote, but you catch the drift—so to speak.