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Hal Manogueís award winning novel is in print. Hal is also the author of the 2011 award winning book: Living Behind The Beauty Shop. His new novel, Bed Bosh & Beyond will be released 12/1/13

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 Born in Philadelphia, Howard (Hal) (Howie) Thomas Manogue spent the first twenty-one years of his life conforming to logical beliefs and rituals. He spent the next twenty-six years of his life rebelling against those beliefs and rituals in one way or another. For the last fifteen years, he has been studying and writing about consciousness. His journey has taken him through the history of religious thought and the intricacies of philosophy as well as other associations and influences that impact the human belief system.

 Retiring from the shoe industry after 35 years of “sole” searching, Hal discovered his real soul when he started writing poetry in 1996. His first book, Short Sleeves A Book For Friends, was self-published in 2003. His second book, Short Sleeves A Book For Friends 2006 Collection, was released in May 2006. His third book, Short Sleeves a Book for Friends 2007 Collection, was released in January 2007. Short Sleeves Spirit Songs was published in July 2008. Spirit Songs Echoes of Silence will be released in 2014. Essays from his book, Short Sleeves Insights: Live An Ordinary Life In A Non-Ordinary Way, (published in May 2008) have been republished in other books and newsletters around the globe. Manogue’s third novel, Bed Bosh & Beyond, is now in print. His 2013 award winning novel, The Butterfly Ball and his  2012 award winning book, Living Behind The Beauty Shop continue to inspire people around the world. 

All Manogue’s books are available on his Web site: as well as in book stores.

Birth Place
Philadelphia, RI 

2011 Reader Views Literary Award
2012 Reader Views Literary Award

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Hal Manogue is a multi-faceted writer. Poetry, prose, pithy sayings...he has covered a lot of territory with his bright mind and keen observations of life. I've been privileged to observe his unfoldment as a poet and author of several fine books. His intelligence is obvious. In his last book, The Butterfly Ball, he brought up some tough issues that made the reader confront their own dark corners. He showed us that we might not be able to control what happens to us, but we have the free will to choose how we take it. That book won an award as a result of its raw honesty and reminder of what we can do with our lives regardless of circumstances. In Manogue's latest book, Bed, Bosh, and Beyond, he takes us a step further in the process of how we live our lives. Here, we confront the ultimate challenge - death - and we are introduced to Rob, a man who has lived life on his own terms, died, and is brought through a life review whereby he sees segments of his life interspersed with commentary from his afterlife guide played by none other than his hero, George Carlin. Through reflection and insight into behavioral patterns and attitudes expressed throughout his life, Rob comes to a full awareness of the unity of all life regardless of its multiplicity in expression. As readers, we are given an opportunity to reflect upon our own lives and how our attitudes shape us and confine us. Bed, Bosh, and Beyond is in actuality a primer for living...and as we share in his story, we can reshape our own. This is a book that is about much more than the storyline would suggest. As we read it, we can work out our own redemption right here, right now. We don't need to die in order to learn how to live.

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6511 Murray Lane 
Brentwood TN 37027   USA
Contact Author: Hal T Manogue
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Short Sleeves
Website of poetry, essays and general information.

Short Sleeves Insights
A blog of consciousness for the 21st century!

Bed Bosh & Beyond
We all believe we will die at some point in life. We have trepidations about death because we believe itís the final bell before the main event. But what is the main event? Religion paints a glorious scene filled with angelic figures and eternal rewards. Religion also paints another portrait that is the complete opposite of our glorious salvation. We call it hell. Both paintings hang on the walls of our mind. We adjust those personal paintings using our beliefs and perceptions. We all want to experience a glorious final goal, but none of us want to experience it now. Final is in our future, not in our present. Maybe our final goal is not all that final. Perhaps our final goal has several facets to it, and just like in physical life we choose what to experience in each of those facets. While we are alive, we function as individuals with our own beliefs and thoughts. Many of us donít realize it, but we create a physical life around those beliefs. Our beliefs donít stay in our bodies at death. They are in our consciousness, so they come with us on our fearful journey beyond time. We all have a strong belief about an afterlife. Those thoughts are part of our psyche, and they will be experienced in some way. All our beliefs are experienced in some way. In other words, if someone believes that their thoughts and actions here on earth are heaven worthy, they will experience their reward. But if those thoughts and actions are more hell worthy that individual will experience their version of hell until they realize they can make another choice. Choice-making does not die with the body. No two experiences are the same in life, nor should they be in death. What might be the same is the sudden awareness that we create all of our thoughts, and we logged them in an intricate belief structure. That structure impacts our mind-consciousness. There may be a region within the state we call death similar to a transition area. In that non-physical area, we can relive every physical experience over again in a non-judgmental way. This area is a temporary state. In that state, we sense how our beliefs impacted our lives as well as the lives of the people we met on our physical journey. Once we believe that process is complete, we have the opportunity to choose what we want to experience within another region of our non-physical reality. Everyone has an opinion about death, but I believe death is a state of becoming just like physical life. We are a conscious mind amid a collection of dying and reborn cells while we are in our body. We are alive while we experience the daily death and rebirth of cells. That process keeps us functioning in one focused physical reality. Our consciousness has the ability to flicker in and out of different realities while we are physical. Dreaming is a good example of how that works. When we unconsciously choose to change our focus from this reality to another, we change the pulsating rhythm of our consciousness. The continuity of those pulsations changes our focus. We call that change death, but just like life we are focused in a reality. Once we realize we can choose what to experience in this new reality, we begin to manipulate our conscious focus. This book addresses the transition state of non-physical reality. It is the story of one manís experience and how he chooses that experience. Not everyone will go through the same process as the main character in the book, but we all have the ability to do so. We form every reality we experience using our intuition, ideas and perceptions. That is the innate nature of our consciousness H.T.M. October 2013

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