Recent Reviews for John Herlihy
Near and Distant Horizons (Book) - 7/3/2003 10:45:14 PM|
Hello...obviously you did not receive my email...or did you?
In any case I wish to aknowledge your work. I am fascinated by your mind and heart.
Waiting for Elephants (Complete Text) (Short Story) - 6/27/2015 9:12:48 AM
Thanks, Ron. As always, very interesting comments. I hope to avoid following the same route as Harry Devert, although off the beaten track, anything can happen.
Waiting for Elephants (Complete Text) (Short Story) - 6/27/2015 8:07:46 AM
You certainly have a way with words when describing the jungle. And your fears. In spite of the stories, I believe I have less fear than you, although I only encountered black bear (twice), bobcat (unseen but heard) and wild boar in full charge (thankfully not at me) in my treks into wilderness.
Your description of Colombo reminds me of Dacca Bangladesh, although it is much poorer and the Intercontinental Hotel is rather new. From your descriptions, you took the first class route with the best guides and porters. Probably what I would do in your situation. It harkens back to the British expeditions of the 19th century.
While I admire Chekhov, I decided to use my whole name, like Arthur C. Clarke, a resident of Sri Lanka for my author name. I was also fortunate to have an engineering energy conservation intern for one summer from Sri Lanka. He was a very fine fellow and did very good work for me, but I did not develop a close relationship with him as his supervisor, unlike I did with others from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Thailand whose homes I stayed in my travels rather than hotels.
There are other dangers out there besides wildlife. I just read the story of Harry Devert. He was a seasoned traveler all over the world who had a website where he published his travels and adventures. In 2014 he set off to complete a motorcycle trip encompassing 14,000 miles between North and South America, culminating in the World Cup in Brazil. Early in his trip, he took the wrong road in Mexico, was suspected of being a DEA agent by rival cartels at war, and captured, tortured and killed.
The Divided Heart of Cyprus (Complete Text) (Short Story) - 6/23/2015 5:56:23 AM
Working in Dubai, I touched down there once at the airport for an hour, I can see why you would want to get away from that stark environment on your holiday periods. I envy your ability to travel so far and experience so many environments and cultures… And your facility with language and history that assists you on your travels. I love the detail and felicity with which you report your experiences. It is obvious you are a consummate teacher of writing.
As I read, I learned. I didn't know that Cyprus was divided. I always thought it was part of Greece. But then, I'm not much of a student of Mediterranean culture and history. I've only been to Egypt. Although I missed fabulous, inexpensive trips to Spain and Italy during my early academic career because the organizers couldn't fill the charter planes. I had the same fun with taxis when I traveled. I always found it easier to travel the way the people did. Asking hotels to arrange transportation always was very expensive compared to the streets. I guess I was lucky never to be cheated.
Looking forward to the other parts.
A Rare Visit to Makkah in Saudi Arabia (Short Story) - 2/10/2006 2:09:26 PM
Wonderful insight! Jaza Akkalhu khyran!
Scenes from a Tribal Barbershop (Short Story) - 3/6/2004 11:38:49 AM
Delightful and entertaining read! Enjoyed~ :D
A Rare Visit to Makkah in Saudi Arabia (Short Story) - 12/13/2003 8:35:35 AM
Wonderful story; thanks for sharing! (((HUGS))) and love, your Tx. friend, Karen Lynn. :D
A Rare Visit to Makkah in Saudi Arabia (Short Story) - 12/13/2003 4:27:02 AM
This article is very enlightening for one who has an interest in religion and faith. The description of touching the Hajar al-Aswad was particularly moving. Thank you for sharing.
Breakfast in Madinah, the City of Light (Short Story) - 12/7/2003 8:00:55 PM
Greetings in Peace
Islaam (Submission to God) is the world's fastest growing religion, which is based on the Last Testament (Qur'aan) reiteration of the Divine Guidance previously given to mankind through the Law presented to Moses (parts of which still exist in the Old Testament) and the Gospel of Jesus ("hadiths" or sayings of this missing gospel, though unreliable, make up the New Testament). The author notes that this phenomenon is taking place in America and Europe despite statist propaganda and government-generated Islamophobia in support of CIA-installed kings, dictators and other repressive governments in the Middle East. What, then, accounts for Islaam's continued growth?
Professor John Herlihy shares one aspect with us - Islaam provides a personal experience of the Divine Guidance through its rituals associated with Hajj and Umrah. Islaam is a way of knowing God and His Purpose for mankind that invites reason and scientific inquiry. Herlihy shows that the experiences of Hajj and Umrah help one to understand Islaam through a felt appreciation for the symbolic world.
It is a powerful piece, written in an emotionally moving first person account. Herlihy gives the reader an unique insight into Islaamic life and its rituals of Hajj and Umrah. Some transliteration is annoyingly inaccurate, such as "wurdu" for "wudhu" and "aleykum" for "alaykum", but the richness of this personal account more than makes up for it.
Learning Recitation of the Qur'an (Article) - 7/1/2015 6:56:11 AM
You are certainly commended for your felicity in learning languages. While I learned the language of mathematics (with Arabic numbers) and physics with ease, and struggled with learning computer languages, I have been lax about learning anything other than English. I dabbled with French during my brief start on a doctorate in engineering, and in Spanish with a small book I never really got into.
I've found that during my travels, the English colonization and business model was strong. So my American English served me well in my travels, although there were many conversations going on around me that I didn't understand and didn't ask for interpretation.
Because of your work, I can see why you learned Arabic, studied the Qur'an, and converted to Islam. I recall visiting a Hare Krishna community and noticing that they spent a good part of their day chanting. As you've written quite well, oral tradition preceded written word and was passed down generation after generation, largely through getting children to memorize and verbalize the same words repeatedly, often with some lyrical or melodic tone that made it easier to sear into the long term memory. That's what memorization does. Unfortunately, one memorizes so much, I believe, that it may inhibit the cognitive mind from critical thinking (though not in your case). The mere messiness of the English language allows for much greater critical thinking flexibility.
You state that you were brought up in the Catholic tradition. Fortunately I was not, although many around me including my relatives were. For some reason, their educational enlightenment, unlike the Jesuits, all seemed to have been stunted by the process. Those of us in our family who were not brought up Catholic have achieved much greater educational levels.
What I'm getting around to is that I am so glad I was only required to memorize nursery rhymes, a few segments of the Bible like the 21st Psalm, and some poems and plays. I do not store trivia or facts in my brain, but rely heavily on resources to find them when I need them… Freeing my brain for processes, rather than rote memory. I find that all those that are religiously devout are that way because they were indoctrinated as children into that way of thinking through ritualistic memorization.
Hence from what you have written and from my own experience with several friends who are Islamic, the religion has a dramatic hold on these peoples' thinking processes, making them almost robotic in certain ways and unable to change. In your last piece about your travel in Sri Lanka, you confided with another follower of Islam with the wink and a nod how the jungle "freed" you from the oppressive nature of your Middle Eastern situation.
That's why I am an atheist and do not belong to any cults of any kind. It makes me truly free to be a citizen of the earth and act on its behalf and all the people on it. Truly free from "required" tenets of my supposed salvation.
When Nature Speaks (Article) - 6/24/2015 9:54:25 PM
enjoyed the read
When Nature Speaks (Article) - 6/20/2015 10:50:53 AM
You are a wizard with words and seeped in spirituality, but when you speak of intelligent design and God in everything, you leave me behind.
At one point you speculate about holding time still. As though it required some divine power to do that. A photograph does that with every picture taken. Time and motion is suspended and there for observation for as long as anyone wants to look at it. Time lapse photography enables us to speed up time and view wondrous processes like growth with ease.
It why would anyone want to "take away the night sky." And then come out to view the sky when it was returned. That is ridiculous. The night sky is always there because it contains billions and billions of objects, most of them too dark or too small to be seen. Once again, photography and marvelous devices like the Hubble telescope reveal unseen wonders, some which come and go like comets and are awaited like your fanciful missing night sky.
I do agree that most people living in cities cannot see the night sky. More and more people are traveling than ever before, and am therefore have opportunities for them to witness the solitude or sometimes, silence of nature, just like you did in the desert. You didn't say that you tried wandering there for 40 days and 40 nights. Bedouins can do that with experience and camels. Most of us wouldn't last three days. God is not required.
The Other Heart, the Forgotten One (Article) - 2/4/2005 8:32:03 AM
I am in awe...stunned is a better word! You are magnificent..wow!!
Unexpected Encounter with a Traditional Malay Masseur (Article) - 7/31/2003 5:30:07 PM
This is interesting. I too had a miraculous cure in Sona near Delhi where the person concerned pressed by back and my ankles. Although it took some time, the pain is gone completely which is surprising considering the fact that three doctors advised surgery.
Hope's Promise (Poetry) - 7/2/2015 11:04:40 PM
Have already flown away into a bright pink sky, I didn't like dark blue-e-
Hope's Promise (Poetry) - 7/2/2015 12:51:49 PM
If it is hope, it is not a promise . . .
Brave Seven (Poetry) - 7/2/2015 4:51:55 AM
powerful, well done
Brave Seven (Poetry) - 7/1/2015 7:31:08 AM
A most apt, timely, and meaningful sharing, John. Love and peace to you,
Brave Seven (Poetry) - 7/1/2015 7:30:58 AM
I'm not sure who the "Brave Seven" were, but your verses seem to commemorate some event in history worth noting.
The Phone Card (Poetry) - 6/28/2015 8:49:11 AM
Nice little poem pointing out one of the problems we have today, rationing phone calls like cookies. Family squabbles have taken on a new twist.
The Phone Card (Poetry) - 6/27/2015 10:09:25 PM
Can they not get a phone without a phone card or pay as you go, is what it sounds like, just get a monthly plan like mine for all the talk and texting I want to do for a paltry low sum of money...-e-
Like Butterflies (Poetry) - 6/27/2015 9:06:04 AM
Only poets can see butterflies for what they truly are and only caterpillars can envision what they will be. May we all fly like your words have throughout this poetic exploration of our thoughts.
Like Butterflies (Poetry) - 6/27/2015 5:56:08 AM
Splendid one and could enjoy the images of butterflies
Like Butterflies (Poetry) - 6/27/2015 5:20:04 AM
Butterflies! Astounding beauty in our midst. This poem took them on and delivered them to us in fine fashion . . .
Like Butterflies (Poetry) - 6/27/2015 3:59:38 AM
But Mother (Poetry) - 6/26/2015 6:48:17 AM
Very creative and well written. I particularly like the changing of the complainer, each time from a slightly different perspective. But the all-knowing mother seems to have a good answer for every pronouncement.
I firmly believe that we will find a way to genetically alter the current 120 year lifespan for humans and gradually, extended on it until we become immortal. On the other hand, while the field of quantum physics seems convinced that there are countless dimensions and that our world is merely an illusion, fortifying the idea of the "spirit" living beyond the body, I cannot buy the argument, regardless whether it's in ancient books or not.
But Mother (Poetry) - 6/26/2015 2:33:10 AM
G'day John. This is a great piece of poetry mate. It has an excellent progression and a smooth flow. It is also very well thought out and the dialogue is beautifully done. Great work, cheers Fez
But Mother (Poetry) - 6/25/2015 5:29:46 AM
An excellent write John most enjoyable reading
Peace be with you
But Mother (Poetry) - 6/25/2015 3:32:45 AM
The “ifs” which confront us daily are sometimes too easy to give into and think the best, or even the worst of a situation, but things seems to always hang in there until we work it out, or it works itself out.
But Mother (Poetry) - 6/24/2015 9:44:38 PM
Invisible Ink (Poetry) - 6/23/2015 6:49:58 AM
It has often been said that when one gets a very good idea, one should write it down. Otherwise, that idea may be lost for all time. In this case, your writing of a poem, a work of art that may contain multiple ideas.
What a loss, what a terrible loss. A poem that existed but is now gone.
Invisible Ink (Poetry) - 6/23/2015 4:04:59 AM
. . . and when, once these treasures are lost you can never rewrite them the way they originally were written . . .
Dew Drop (Poetry) - 6/22/2015 2:43:20 PM
Condensation is a good fill-in between rainfalls. Mother Nature does a good job of keeping us wet and cool in spite of our efforts to heat up the world.
They Came Marching Merrily Forth (Poetry) - 6/22/2015 10:54:56 AM
Thank you for sharing this most interesting tale through your verses, John. In my estimation, this is very well done. Love and peace to you,
Dew Drop (Poetry) - 6/22/2015 7:31:51 AM
A wonderful analysis of dewdropology. And the analogy between a dewdrop and a tear is wonderful. Made me think about how much nature depends on dewdrops for its daily water. Even in the desert, so many living things depend upon that cool crisp wet taste in the morning.
Dew Drop (Poetry) - 6/22/2015 3:58:58 AM
Took a fascinating trip with the dew drop, for sure it caused me to think back to the days of my acid trips . . .
They Came Marching Merrily Forth (Poetry) - 6/21/2015 9:40:40 AM
A wonderful saga of the growing family and its personalities. Well penned and enjoyed.
They Came Marching Merrily Forth (Poetry) - 6/21/2015 3:14:02 AM
Fame (Poetry) - 6/20/2015 8:44:55 PM
You are right, John; fame is very fleeting in this world/life. Love and peace,
Fame (Poetry) - 6/19/2015 12:24:07 PM
How true...fame is like a flame that burns out all too fast. Fame is a high that is achieved only to come down to crash and burn. Well done! Great poem! Amen
Fame (Poetry) - 6/19/2015 6:34:18 AM
You have a fine name for a writer. I wish mine was as recognizable as Hall. For some reason, we shipbuilders (Hulls) are constantly confused with carpenters (Halls). We are all seeking our 15 minutes of fame… Some more successful than others.
I received a call last week from a very persuasive Atlanta woman with a very distinctive British accent. She told me that I needed to be "branded," in order to be successful as an author. She promised that their crack team would put my name forefront among all others for the measly sum of $2400.
Methinks the only branding I would get would be the hole burned in me back pocket branding me butt where me wallet resides and no one can see it! ;-)
Tears (Poetry) - 6/18/2015 9:04:33 AM
Beautifully rendered trail of tears. For me, the best tears are those of happiness. I know, because I have experienced them.
Horizon (Poetry) - 6/16/2015 6:53:53 AM
I believe the title of the theme song or the movie about change will was, "Lost Horizons." I thought about that is I read your poem about that etheral place between the edge of vision--the horizon.
You've done the horizon great justice with your beautiful rhyming words describing its wonders.
My Guardian Angel (Poetry) - 6/13/2015 2:35:43 PM
Wonderful to read. A journey for all to take.
My Guardian Angel (Poetry) - 6/13/2015 11:33:31 AM
I'm quite surprised that I'm the first one to respond. Beautifully written and understandable. Enjoyed.
Sweet Nothings (Poetry) - 6/12/2015 4:09:36 PM
"Still whispering her preferences..."
Sweet Nothings (Poetry) - 6/12/2015 6:52:04 AM
It certainly looks like you had sweet nothing between you. And why parting was sweet sorrow.
Sweet Nothings (Poetry) - 6/12/2015 3:29:57 AM
The give and take of romantic situations have been well thought out within the confines of this poem.