It’s A Small World Update

Before Mercury goes direct, I want to re-post an old piece I did on the 1964 World’s Fair. The theme was international connection and the role technology plays in our global village. On this past Sunday’s CBS Morning news program, the focus was on how many of our past ideas about the future did not pan out. They featured The Jetsons and the 1964 World’s Fair. It was a fascinating show and I want to share some of it with you. So please enjoy my Small World post ( with updated photos!) and some links to Sunday’s broadcast:

But first, have some retro future fun and check this out!

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57581743/the-future-isnt-what-it-used-to-be/

http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-3445_162-10016594-9.html

By Anthony Montemurro (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Wanna know why I am an international woman? Read on…. I was going to write about our inter-connected international world today. Then I discovered it’s International Women’s Day.  How perfect!

The story begins at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Queens, New York. At the time we lived in Flushing so it was a no brainer to visit the fair. I was quite young, (pre-school age), but I have vivid memories of the fair.

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I loved the globe outside Shea Stadium. Always adored images of globes, planets, stars. Planetariums were sacred. This fascination with the universe helped shape my passion for astrology. I remember asking my parents to buy me some coconut milk. I tried some for the first time and it was wonderful. Exotic yet comforting and delicious. As I look back I am so surprised that this young child with no Caribbean or Asian heritage was asking for coconut milk. It seems I was destined to be a citizen of the world before I ever left the continent.

Then we were off to the futuristic exhibits. I was very intrigued with the telephone and other electronic gadgets – moon in Gemini personified. I clearly remember watching the demonstration of the picture phone. I was so excited! I wondered when will we have this in my home? Apparently the answer is “ Skype killed any chances of that happening!”

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The fair was magical and  I am so grateful that the original iconic globe remains. But I haven’t told you the best part of my trip. It was a ride called “ It’s a Small World ”.  Many people know of it from Disneyland or Disney World. But I believe it all started in Flushing.  Apparently Disney tested this attraction for possible inclusion in Disneyland. You got into a boat and it was dimly lit. Then you sailed into another room and the music began……

By Noted Seven (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Next comes the glowing lights all around you and the most enchanting voices in every language imaginable. I was immersed in a sea of captivating visual displays featuring gorgeous costumes and bold colors.

By deror_avi (Own work) [Attribution, CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

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I wanted to be part of this world so badly. I sang the song over and over again and begged my parents to take me on the ride another time. When I was much older I got to recreate my preschool memory by visiting Disney World. At that point I had been to a few foreign places and hungered for more. The astrologer in me knows that with my sun in a stellium in the 9th house and my venus and MH in Sagittarius,  I am going to have a love affair with the planet. Yet this connection seems much more soulful to me. I think it’s just that my entry into global consciousness is a little easier with my particular birth chart. I know we are approaching the new paradigm of what A Course in Miracles calls atonement.   At-one -ment

By Cardy123 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Let’s fast forward to 2013 when I start this blog adventure. I had no idea what would be in store. I have met glorious people from so many more places than I have yet to travel like Indonesia, India and New Zealand.  I have also met some closer to home that I wouldn’t have known existed without the beauty of WordPress. It is so incredibly liberating to communicate with amazing spirits who enjoy what I do and express their gifts of writing, photography, etc in their blogs. Perhaps WordPress should consider renaming itself WorldPress . What happens here would boggle the mind of that young girl gazing with wonderment at the picture phone all those years ago. Even with a planet of 7 billion and growing, it truly is a small world……

By Thomas Hawk from San Francisco, USA (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

For those readers who are not yet familiar with A Small World , take a look.

Then ask yourself:

How has technology enhanced your relationships?

How has it hurt them?

Do you consider yourself a world citizen?

If you do, how must you change to improve the state of humanity?

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image credits :
image of 3 asian dolls by  http://www.photosrfree.com/
all other images courtesy of wikimedia commons
By Anthony Montemurro (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Noted Seven (Own work) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Noted_Seven [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
By deror_avi (Own work) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Deror_avi [Attribution, CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Cardy123 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Thomas Hawk from San Francisco, USA (Flickr) http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035555243@N01 [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
 
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34 thoughts on “It’s A Small World Update

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  3. I love the way Synchronisity works Linda, and how our collective energy is embracing similar thinking right now… It shows me we are on the right road for Peace…

    Loved reading about your childhood Disney adventure and so enjoyed the visuals… We are helping change Humanity dear Linda.. for we are changing ourselves.. 🙂

    Love and Mega Hugs xxxx Sue ❤

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  4. Reblogged this on litebeing chronicles and commented:

    In light of the recent events in Paris and other locales, I am reblogging this post on A Small World. Over a birthday dinner with my family, my mother began discussing our favorite Disney ride . Thinking about my dreams as a child while surrounded by my young nieces, I imagined a better future. One of unity, love, equality, and peace. Let’s create it together.

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    1. perhaps! It is also possible we were there at the same time! Wasn’t is wonderful? There is also something about being quite young and open to every new experience. So glad you enjoyed your trip down memory lane 🙂

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  7. on a more serious note.. i was just speaking with someone about the tech and advancements we should have had in our society by now, and why we dont have them. instead of investing in our energy towards our betterment, our best and brightest efforts have gone to building weapons, hoarding wealth, and fighting. imagine the world with no gov budgets for bad things. it would be as they promised us in the 60’s —> world peace, flying cars in every driveway, great universal relations with all beings, and microwavable popcorn that didnt kill you.
    namaste!
    o and om.

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    1. hi Xembela and Odie,
      I wish there was no need for wars and other forms of violence on our planet. So much in our society needs to be reworked! I wanted the flying cars too! I do not own a micowave, certain types of technology don’t appeal to me.

      Namaste

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  8. Watching that video on the The Small World ride made me feel sad…if we can have the idea to bring all the cultures and people of the world in such a ride, what is stopping us a race to do so, too?
    Technology is great and I am grateful for it! Has allowed me to connect to different people, from different countries, Youtube has also been spectacular because we can see how other’s live too!
    I don’t if it has hurt me so much, but it is sad to see when we start depending too much on technology. Have you noticed that family dinners and ever dates are people staring at their smart phones? I’m glad I lost mine and bought a normal, old fashioned, not too smart phone! LOL.

    How would I change to be a citizen of the world? I think I will learn how to love myself and others, and when I truly understand and realize the meaning of all connected in the Oneness, it will happen…:)

    Phew! Long comment to some good questions 🙂

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    1. Shree, I adored your heartfelt commentary, I live for this 🙂 I think about my adolescence when I observe our phone obsessed culture. I spent most of those years on a corded phone with my friends. I guess I grew out of it because I have a cellphone that I rarely use. I love your response to becoming a citizen of the world and beleive you are on your way.

      love, Linda

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    1. thank you Roxie! It means so much that you consider it Freshly Pressed. Maybe we could all get together and set up our own favorite picks and call them ” Divinely Pressed” ? I wish we all could collectively experience the world’s fair through the eyes of a child. How cool would that be!

      love, Linda

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      1. you can always go back in your mind’s eye! Glad you love Divinely Pressed. maybe we could gather a few people to get together and choose our faves on a regular basis. Let me know if you think we should give this try!

        love, Linda

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      2. I do this to my aunt sometimes when she says there is no possible way I could remember something from my childhood because I would have been 2 or 3. I remember all kinds of stuff and I’ll close my eyes and walk her through my grandparent’s old house or my great grandmother’s house and my aunt freaks out. “You were only 2!” she says. I can still see the curtains billowing in the breeze in my bedroom at my grandparent’s room. They wanted me to take a nap and I am just lying in the bed, contemplating who knows what, watching the curtains. Very nice time.

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      3. I am not surprised at your ability and it sounds like fun. I have a few memories from age 3 and younger. Not everyone does! I think that having the sign Cancer and/or the moon prominent in your chart gives a person a stronger memory in general.

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      4. I wish I knew more about astrology. I suppose I know more than a lot of people, but I would like to learn more about my chart, etc. I keep meaning to ask my mom for the exact time I was born and I keep forgetting. I know she always says I was ready for lunch and came at lunchtime, but not sure exactly what time, which I understand is important.

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      5. I was born September 6, 1980 and that was a Saturday and both of my children were born on their due dates exactly, and both were Fridays. I looked up mine hoping I was born on a Friday too, but it was Saturday.

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      6. I know a few others born on the 6th.Some famous ones are Bob Marley Feb 6th and Michelangelo March 6th.
        I did not have mine yet, I am a Scorpio so its still a few months away!

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  9. Loved sharing that childhood memory with you Linda. When I first started blogging I thought it was World Press and even wrote it so, I of course corrected it later. lol Or I could prove it.

    Namaste my friend~
    Sindy

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