It was a very warm morning in June. Edna and her friend Dorothy Evans were sitting under the trees trying to keep cool. They both wore their thinnest morning frocks and had pinned their hair up in little pug knots on the tops of their heads. They had their boxes of pieces and were trying to make something suitable for their dolls to wear in the hot weather. "It's too sticky to sew," said Dorothy, throwing down her work. "Marguerite will have to go without a frock and sit around in her skin." "You mean in her kid," returned Edna. "Well, isn't kid skin?" asked Dorothy. Edna laughed. "Why, yes, I suppose it is, and Ben says we are kids, so our skin is kid skin. Oh, dear, it is hot. I wish I were a fish; it would be so nice to go slipping through the cool water." "Yes, but it wouldn't be so nice to be in a frying pan sizzling over a fire." "I feel almost as if I were doing that now. There comes the postman, I wonder if he has a letter from Jennie. We promised one another we would always write on blue paper because blue is true, you know, and that looks as if it might be a blue letter the postman has on top. I'm going to see." "I'll wait here," returned Dorothy. "It's too hot to move." She sat fanning herself with the lid of her piece box, watching her friend the while. Once or twice Edna stopped on her way back, and finally she began to dance up and down, then ran toward Dorothy, calling out, "Oh, there's a lovely something to tell you. Oh, I do hope it can come true." "What is it?" cried Dorothy, roused out of her listlessness.
Holidays help define our culture, but people forget that they are closely connected with economics.
Author Holley Hewitt Ulbrich combines her lifelong fascination with our nation's most special occasions and her love of economics in this fascinating account. You'll learn why Punxsutawney Phil might play a role in economic forecasting; how Valentine's Day could just be an example of heartless capitalism; how Earth Day provides insights about property rights; how Father's Day and Mother's Day helps us understand the history of the American family.
Holidays are about communities, cultures, history, and our relationship with the natural world, and they offer a way to highlight a context in which we make our choices. Since they are scattered throughout the year, they help us explore emerging ideas of behavioral and neo-institutional economics in small, seasonal doses.
Join Ulbrich as she explores what these occasions say about our economic system, our society, and ourselves with Economics Takes a Holiday.
The Journal of a Holiday Maker - London to South Africa, is the true story of an Afro-British couple (John and Shirley) who explore southern Africa for the first time and more specifically, South Africa; the story is narrated through the voice of Shirley. It is a fascinating and truly absorbing perspective on a time of great socio-political change in South Africa and Zimbabwe and Shirley displays a keen eye for how these changes are manifested in both the people and societies in general. She sets the visit very firmly in its historical context and describes with great vision, the effects of Apartheid and the prevailing political environment. The excitement of the pending release from prison of Mr. Mandela; the environment of hope for the future of South Africa; and therefore the survival of South Africa were all palpable to the holiday maker in South Africa at the time. Far from being gloomy and depressing, or forming heavy reading; The Journal of a Holiday Maker is filled with larger than life characters, that with the Author's descriptive eloquence is vividly brought to life and encouraged to play his/her part and before easing back into the shadows but leaves a lasting impression; only to be replaced by another and another. But far from being gloomy and depressing or heavy reading; The Journal of a Holiday Maker is filled with larger than life characters, who, combined with the author's descriptive eloquence makes the book come vividly alive. This is a must-read for all those who enjoy a personal Bill Brysonesque account well told.