Jan Risher went around the world to get from Mississippi to Louisiana-- with stops in between ranging from the mountains of Slovakia, the streets of Paris, a tribal village in Burkina Faso to the hills of central Mexico. The Mississippi native has made her home in Lafayette since 2001. A columnist for The Daily Advertiser and former managing editor of The Times of Acadiana, Jan is now works as a non-fiction ghostwriter and freelance magazine writer. She's also the mother of two daughters. She loves reading, cooking, entertaining -- and food in general.
Long Story Short: Year of the Water Goat is a must read for anyone who has or is considering adopted internationally, especially from China. Columnist Jan Risher believes one of the most important aspects of international adoption is the embracing of a new culture and country for the adopting family as well. In the Chinese zodiac, 2003 was the year of the water goat.