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Arise TV Interview: More Than Just Alt Family Living

By Behan Gifford @sailingtotem

Jamie and I recently spent time talking to Christina Brown, host of Our Take on Arise TV. We were joined by other families who choose alternative lifestyles based on travel. It was a fascinating discussion with varied perspectives on similar goals: to help our children be citizens of the world. You can watch the full program on YouTube (linked above);  more program segments from executive producer Debbie Mitchell's YouTube channel.
Our segment begins roughly halfway through, but the first part is really worth listening to earlier portions of the show. The one prior to ours regarding cord blood donation really spoke to me. We donated the cord blood from our children, and were privileged to get The Tap to learn that one of them was a match for a leukemia patient. It is humbling to think you can give that kind of gift.
IWhen Arise approached us about joining a segment, I looked into this relatively new cable channel and I liked what I found. It's a relatively new, and it's their mission- Every Culture Every Angle- that resonated. This is an important aspect of what we seek through our travels: to get a broader perspective and understand the places we visit from multiple angles, to help our children grow up to be open minded citizens of the world.
I will confess: something else that night spoke to me too. Literally. With a big dumb grin on my face, I realized that every accent coming in over our Skype discussion was American. Let me tell you, it has been a long time since that happened! It helped me get over the face that we were up at a horrific hour to accommodate their US East coast afternoon schedule. Yikes. I'm not a night owl.
Watch and enjoy.

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