JR: Acknowledge and move on. Whatever the circumstances, Risher attempts to do her part to make the world a better place.
LCR: What was the hardest thing about putting together this compilation of your essays?
LCR: The easiest?
JR: The easiest piece of the puzzle was knowing a few favorites to be sure to include, especially the title column about the week after Hurricane Katrina when I helped the mother of a newborn find her missing baby.
LCR: What is the most important lesson you learned from your travels?
JR: The most important lesson I’ve learned through traveling is that finding common ground is easy to do.
LCR: What is the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?
JR: One night about 2 a.m., I reached Dakar, Senegal, and ended up in a taxi to my hotel. The driver pulled off the road into a field. I defended myself and yelled for help. People came running and then proceeded to run with me all the way back to the airport.
LCR: The funniest?
LCR: The weirdest?
LCR: What do you want your readers to take away from your book?
JR: I’d like readers to be inspired to engage fully in their lives and realize that one doesn’t have to go far and spend lots of money on great adventures to have great adventures.
LCR: If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
JR: I would go back to Slovakia in 1993. My time there was a beautiful experience.
LCR: What was the last great book you read?
JR: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
LCR: Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
JR: On the coast of Spain
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