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Short Sleeves Insights By Hal Manogue

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Post by shortsleeves » September 21, 2008, 2:32 pm

Hal Manogue has written several books of poems that he calls Short Sleeves: A Book For Friends. Each year he gathers all the poems he wrote in the past 12 months and puts them into a book that he self-publishes. I’ve enjoyed his poetry for many years but Short Sleeves Insights: Live an Ordinary Life in a Non-Ordinary Way is a different type of book than what his readers might expect.
While it contains a few of the poems he has written, the book is primarily a collection of essays. Each one lends insight and interpretation of a poem written by someone else—probably a master or teacher few non-poetry fans have heard of. Hal has a lot of favorite authors: Ranier Maria Rilke, Lao Tzu, Hermann Hess, Paul Valery, William Blake, Walt Whitman to name a few, but Jalaluddin Rumi is probably his most beloved and most quoted.

From Hal’s interpretation of the work of these great men and women, we see that we are all connected to one another in a web of love. We are a whole part of the whole. It seems like we live in our own world, connected to the world around us, but we are only separated by our individual thoughts.

Many people believe that they have no say in how their life evolves. They think that God, or fate, or chance, or genes have control of their earthly journey. Readers who want to blame someone else for the mess they have made of their lives will not appreciate this book or its message. It will challenge them to move out of a victim mindset. No more blaming others; we are co-creators. Hal says that we create our own lives and circumstances by the choices we make. We experience what we believe we deserve.
So, how do we become the master of our lives? How do we turn things around? We must get in touch with our own self and stop seeing ourselves as separate from God or one another. By simply changing our thoughts, we can change things around us. We will never know how our thoughts affect this change unless we become aware of the power that rests within us. This power can be used to create a heaven or a hell on earth
Hal

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Post by Liebestraum » January 3, 2009, 4:05 pm

Your writings are beautiful, dear Hal.

Your "Insights ..." are fantastic and I love to open your book at random and always I find an essay that carries a significant message.

Congratulations for your achievements.

Love,
Margherita :)
Love is the One who masters all things;
I am mastered totally by Love.
(Rumi)

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Post by shortsleeves » January 3, 2009, 4:16 pm

Thank you for your support Margherita. I appreciate you.
Love,
Hal
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