Stereotypes aside, a picket fence
can often be built for containing or excluding small mammals if built right.
The other day, while I was out walking my dogs in our neighborhood, I went down a street I do not usually walk on and was surprised by a white picket fence
I noticed around a nice apartment block.
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Animals do it by marking trees and lamp posts; and until recently, civilized folk have done it with low stone walls, or picket fences
, or hedges.
Black Picket Fences
: Privilege and Peril Among the Black Middle Class by Mary Pattillo-McCoy (The University of Chicago Press, $25)
Many picket fences
are sold as ready-made panels which can be installed in handy lengths.
Homes succeeds in showing that no one is "normal" when we peer behind their white picket fences
, and her novel is both moving and disturbing because she manages to portray the comedy and the tragedy of her characters' lives with compassion: "None are what they seem, none are what you think, none are what you'd want them to be.
Japanese tourists who come by bus to see "Fort Apache, the Bronx" find themselves staring out at suburban-style homes with glossy lawns and picket fences
Lately the American Dream seems to resemble 40 acres of forest instead of white picket fences
. But when urbanites start to call the countryside home, more changes than just the menu at the local diner.
The picket fences
of our green and not-so-pleasant land have become barricades in a battle between families who cannot live together.
No wonder, then, that a place like home should be such a powerful image for us that so many of us find ourselves getting a bit weepy at reruns of "Little House on the Prairie" or moved by lace-curtain images of small-town America - picket fences
and the corner drugstore.
Along with the ample breasts and parted butt cheeks, the gaping sphincters and vaginas, the little fleur-de-lis erections and the teardrops of cure scattered across this 13-years-worth of paintings, there also appeared picket fences
, pilgrims in tall buckled hats, praying hands beside parted books, and quotes from the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address.