About EC & Me

Rudyard Kipling wrote Captains Courageous in the late 1800’s. It is a story about a very pampered young man who falls off an ocean liner and is rescued by the fishing vessel We’re Here of Beverly, Massachusetts.  He remains on the boat for the fishing season. Although initially reluctant, he learns to appreciate hard work, camaraderie, risk taking and ingenuity as the We’re Here  fishes the Grand Banks.

Risk taking, ingenuity and  hard work:  the basis of the economy.

Michiko McElfresh writes and creates Economics Courageous.  She is the author of Grace on Broadway (Tammy Norie Press e-book 2013). She started McElfresh Map Company with her husband, Earl B. McElfresh, and has published over twenty-three historical base maps. In addition to maps she has edited and collated numerous books and articles for publication including Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War (Abrams). Previous careers include forays into banking and public relations.

She graduated from St. Bonaventure University and London School of Economics. She is the mother of three and is currently serving her third term as an elected member of her community’s Board of Education. Born in Tokyo, Mrs. McElfresh has lived in three of the largest cities in the world, but is more than happy to call a rural area, hidden in the foothills of the Appalachians, on a bend in the Allegheny River, home.


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