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This is the Grand Central Station of my web sites.

Its blog, “Sensing The Way,” is devoted to the unfolding life process of the individual human being.

From here you can easily link to my home site at the Authors Guild in New York, to my professional site at Yahoo, or to any of the five other blogs I have at WordPress. Or one can peruse my library collections at Goodreads and LibraryThing, and, of course, view my profile pages and activities at Facebook, Google, You Tube, Twitter and elsewhere. You’ll find the whole network laid out here in each of its distinct aspects — — and, of course, can venture into any part of it whenever you choose.

Remember: If you ever get lost in it anywhere, you can always come right back here and find your way again.

My online activities

The activities began in late 2005 with, my home site at the Authors Guild in NY. It lays out what IS “my work,” tracing on its Home page how things arose in my initial contact with Dr. Jonas Salk; then, on the Human Realm page, outlining the core of my book (The Stuff Of A Lifetime: Self, Sense, Soul, and Spirit in Human Experience); then the Life Sketch page includes my involvement in theater as actor and then playwright/composer — giving the broad-stroke picture of my professional endeavors as well as my life in general.

My blogs began in 2011 with,, and, with a broad, media-enriched one only now getting underway entitled “The Splendor of Human Seasons.” Each blog has a different style of presentation, molded by its aim. Sensing The Way is an experience-based exploration into the life-process of the individual person, likened to a train ride that keeps on to its end. Gateways Into The World delves into the ancient, classic forms found world-wide that permeate all human culture (Art, Religion, Philosophy, History, Politics & Economics, and Science) — presenting these as distinct, durable, and viable “Modes of Human Becoming,” giving vivid examples of each as found in the lives of James Cagney, Nikos Kazantzakis, Paul Tillich, Oriana Fallaci, Thomas Jefferson, and Stanley Keleman.  Out Where The Big Waves Are is a blog devoted to concentrated articles and substantive overviews on the life work of figures of world renown.

A pair of dual websites — and — are also near opening, which will occur in the fall of 2014. The first of these will elaborate further upon Stanley Keleman (beyond the introduction given in my own book found in the Gateways Into The World blog), featuring his widely-acknowledged and pioneering accomplishments in Formative Psychology, while the second site will set forth a fresh undertaking that employs life-narrative, popular films, and music clips in a highly interactive and media-enriched format. Both sites are currently under construction at Yahoo and will be housed there.

My modest-sized personal library — with but a fourth of its books cataloged so far– is available for on line viewing by anyone interested at LibraryThing. 

My Timeline and its accompanying Photobiography albums are both located and easily found at Facebook.

A personal note  . . .

Here is a minute-and-a-half sound file I made.  It is to bring your own experience of life to the fore. Any voice has in it the sounds of a soul (on this tape, you’ll hear mine), which conveysthings about a person that can never be captured in words, signs, or gestures alone. Tone of voice, tempo, phrasing, and even the pauses “speak” — as telling parts of what that person is generally experiencing at any given moment.

to plant this blog’s unfolding . . .

(Please click on the 1 min. 20 sec. sound file in quotes just below)

“ . . . in your own experiencing”

As this is my network’s Grand Central Station . . .

English: Grand Central terminal in New York, N...

English: Grand Central terminal in New York, NY Français : Vue extérieure nocturne de la gare Grand Central Terminal sur l’ile de Manhattan, à New-York (États Unis d’Amérique). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I regard this website as a train ride into human experience. My doctoral program, begun in the early 1970s, developed a fresh way to explore this little-understood reality.  A striking thing about human experience is that it is not — nor can it ever be — the exclusive province of any academic discipline, profession, or field of study. For it must include all of these and more. When it comes to human experience, either everyone is an expert or no one is.

. . . so is the blog its main train

And for those who could use a reminder of what train rides are like, here’s one of less than a minute . . .

(A train in Spain)

Please post on the blog whenever and on whatever page you wish. A passer-by who sees your post may well stop long enough to post a quick reply, a quicker and better one than any I might be able to offer. Moreover, should you find yourself so inclined, please don’t  hesitate to do the same — and I hereby thank you for that in advance.

To ready oneself to move further on

Sights and sounds engage the muscles of mind, body, and memory that are required in an undertaking such as this one. The attached video was compiled as a callisthenics, a warm up activity to aid in this. The first two of its segments are both from Mexico, which is indeed a most fitting way start a plunge into life such as ours. For, as you’ll see, Mexico is nothing if not a mixture of everything! It’s true glory is that it embraces bold contrasts and opposites in an ongoing life and death carnival celebration that never ceases. If you’ve been there — as I have on many an extended stay in my Mexican home with my “second family” — you’ve seen that; and if you haven’t, then here are some actual slices of it . . . with music colorful and passionate enough to set it all before you . . . so you can see, hear, feel, smell, touch, and taste it. And the pieces that follow are from a few other places around the world.

(list of the video items)

1.    “Huapango,” a symphony by the gifted Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo, which premiered August 15, 1941. Moncayo was invited by Serge Koussevitzky and Aaron Copland to attend the Berkshire Music Center (which almost immediately became part of the Tanglewood Music Festival and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) — where he was also to meet a slightly younger twenty-four year old Leonard Bernstein. The last two movements of Moncayo’s work were written while he was in the United States at this Berkshire conference . . . and, no doubt, mindful of and missing his native country.

2. From a Mexico City performance by the Irish pianist and composer, Philip Martin, playing one of Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s extremely difficult and very famous pieces, “The Banjo.”  Gottschalk (1829-1869) traveled the world for years and performed extensively as a virtuoso pianist and composer — thus absorbing all kinds of influences: European, Caribbean, Cuban, Brazilian, and then introducing these into American culture, which places him at the head of of a whole Third Stream in American music. The son of a Jewish businessman and a Creole mother, he was born in New Orleans.

3.    Sissel, the much-acclaimed Norwegian soprano, singing “Shenandoah” — accompanied by Paddy Maloney of The Chieftans on the Irish tin whistle and by Kalle Moraeus on the violin. (An already tall and astonishingly beautiful woman of approximately 5′ 11″, the four to six inch heels she wears can give her a striking stage presence in the range of six feet six inches. But her voice easily soars to heights far above that.)

4. [This fourth video us currently unavailable.]The Entr’acte with opening credits and first scenes of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. This item included because of its treating aviation and flight (and therefore spirit as well). As Luc Estang put it in his biography of Saint-Exupéry, “For to be sure he was not the first flier, but the first who gave us the sky; just as Conrad, though not the first sailor, was the one who gave us the sea.”

5. [This fifth video is currently unavailable.]The title song by Lerner & Loewe, interspersed with closing scenes from the film The Little Prince. Had Fritz Loewe not been lulled out of retirement to write the score of this collaboration for Alan Lerner to set his lyrics to, we would never have the worthwhile pieces it contributed to musical theater. (Unfortunately, the director — Stanley Donan of “Singing In The Rain” fame — badly butchered a considerable portion of the score, which film directors often have the power to do. As another plus to this film, it also gave us a lasting record of the final dancing and performance of Bob Fosse.)

6. The overture to Le Papillon (“the butterfly”), a ballet in three acts by Jacques Offenbach, which premiered in Paris on November 26, 1860. Offenbach, born in Cologne in 1819, started playing the violin at six, composing at eight, and was playing the cello by age nine. After a year at the Paris Conservatoire in his teens, he left to play in other orchestras and soon started his own small theater (the Bouffes-Parisiens), which quickly grew and catapulted him to fame. Rossini attended his productions, was much taken by his music, and called him the Mozart of the Champs-Elyées. He is also actually the great-grand daddy of American Musical theater, which came by way of early operetta through England and eventually reached our shores — where it continued to grow into the line of what became, arguably, our longest living art form. (Much more to come on several aspects of this in future postings of this blog.)

7. The Russian classical pianist Evgeny Kissin playing the first of the four parts to Sergey Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no 2, with Sir Andrew Davis conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

(All of these segments, along with numerous others yet to come, will be referred to in the entries that will comprise this blog.)

And . . . when you turn to the actual postings of the blog itself, in whatever order you choose to click, then everything else will unfold as a matter of your own making.

Happy journeying!

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Copyright © 2011 by Gene Ruyle


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tina Patrick
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 19:53:09

    Your mind and words facinate me!! right to the top of the summitt …even though there are times when my grip becomes a little unstable…i just hold on, and NEVER look down.
    i’m enjoying the climb !!! so good to know that there is someone who is also enjoy
    LIFE and LOVE that is within each of us …if we would only be aware.

    Always LOVE and LIGHT,


  2. plainsmann
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 22:17:55

    Thank you for finding the site and its venture worthwhile. I look forward to our continuing discoveries. With kindest thoughts and best wishes throughout the coming year,



  3. Fernanda Maria Galiz
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 00:22:32



    • plainsmann
      Aug 27, 2012 @ 09:14:13

      Hola, Fernanda, Bienvenido! ~

      Ya lo creo. Desde luego que yo entiendo todo lo que usted dice. For as an artist yourself and true lover of books (which fill the shelves and line the spaces of rooms of your home in Mexico), who knows firsthand the mystery and wonder of words, and is personally acquainted with so many literary works of writers all over the world — including such grand and distinguished actual neighbors as your “Gabby” (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) — you already “live to tell the tale” (Vivir para contarla). As he put so exquisitely into writing, “La vida no es la que uno vivio, sino la que uno recuerda y como la recuerda para contarla” (“Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it.”) Ademas (“What’s more”), I know the music and video inserts came alive in you and you enjoyed listening to them. This site is now all the richer because you have joined it. ;- )


  4. Fernanda Maria Galiz
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 22:16:21

    I Love your Word, Dear Gene, telling us, as much as the image, which is itself a Universe, that, which dwells in your brain , full of Knowledge , your Soul, full of Wisdom, then it shows your spirit , which is itself , Winged , the spirit of Freedom… I will be here forever looking as the birds look and find delicious seeds, same my hungry soul,to be nurtured…. I already was at the begining of this page and got Absolutely touched , fascinated , your word is Splendiferous!!!!!!! I L Y


  5. Cheryl McAuliffe
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:58:23

    I’ve just begun to look at your site. There is something in your voice and words that goes straight to my soul . . . . . . I look forward to experiencing your work. . . .with gratitude
    Susan’s friend Cheryl


    • plainsmann
      Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:17:36

      Cheryl . . .

      What a delight to find you made it here! That you find such significance in voiced words — taking both right into your soul — is, I believe, an indication of incredible focus and presence on your part, and I greatly respect you for being so “fully there” as you had to have been for this to come about at all. Your being the artist you are is an integral part of such occurrences, isn’t it. I’ve held in my mind the wonderful conversing that took place at Susan’s grand gathering, and am already following through on getting the Henri book to you as soon as possible. Looking forward to continuing the richness of our incredible — and far too brief — encounter, and to keeping the wonderful exchanges going . . .



  6. Carol Jean Kennedy
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 21:33:47

    This site shows the remarkable and unique power of the arts…thank you for creating it! As I climb my own mountain, I will remember to always hang on, look forward, and keep moving.


    • plainsmann
      Aug 28, 2015 @ 23:08:03

      Carol Jean ~ What a treat to see our paths have finally crossed again after forty years!! It shows we never forgot each other, and that both our minds are still intact! So looking forward now to our staying touch from this point on, as we find out what happened in the lives of both during all the time in between. I’ll send all my contact information. What a delight to see the spirit of a mountain climber is alive within you. God be with you as you keep on with your ascent to the summit.



  7. Carol Jean Kennedy
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 17:52:50

    It would be great to stay in touch after so many years! Wishing you all the best in the distances to come ~ Carol Jean


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