Horatio Alger: 19th century American author who specialized in juvenile fiction featuring underprivileged citizens who rise, through hard work and moral fortitude, to middle class comfort.
Carry Coals to Newcastle: To contribute something not needed, ie, to bring coals to Newcastle on Tyne, England’s prime coal-mining area.
Go to Hell in a Handbasket: Who the hell knows? But it’s probably not a good thing.
Susan Toepfer posts regularly at The Bumpy Ride, trueslant.com/susantoepfer/