November 2010

Take a Gander

by Joanne Mason on November 28, 2010

Years ago, when my family visited a lakeside cottage in New Hampshire, my brother befriended a group of white ducks owned by our next-door neighbors. While the ducks were considered pets, they lived outside and were frequently joined by mallards and geese.  Before long, my brother could get them to eat bread out of his […]


In The Black or In The Red?

by Joanne Mason on November 25, 2010

It’s Black Friday here in the United States.  In other words, it’s the day after Thanksgiving, considered the official first day of the holiday shopping season.  Retailers offer huge discounts and shoppers flock to the stores (sometimes as early as 3 a.m.) to search for bargains. Some people thrive on this atmosphere.  Not me.  I […]


Small Potatoes

by Joanne Mason on November 23, 2010

We’re getting ready for Thanksgiving here in the United States and I’m already getting hungry for the huge traditional meal of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and – of course – potatoes. So let’s look at the phrase small potatoes. If something is small potatoes, it’s not very important or significant. Example 1 Doug says his […]

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Monkey Business

by Joanne Mason on November 8, 2010

Is there any monkey business involved with President Obama’s trip to India? Perhaps not in an idiomatic sense, but Delhi and other communities have been dealing with a “monkey menace” for quite some time.  Rhesus monkeys, like the one shown here, have been taking over the area, attacking people, entering homes, and causing damage.  And […]


Frog in the Throat

by Joanne Mason on November 3, 2010

This morning’s mail brought a friendly postcard from my health insurance company. “Flu season is here.  Did you get your flu shot?”  Next to these words was a photo of a miserable-looking woman in a green and black knit cap coughing or sneezing.  She clearly didn’t get her flu shot, did she? I got mine […]