TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- the middle of the stupidest month of the year.

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)


10 Things (aka Items), representing, signifying or otherwise constituting a state, an act, a job, a favorite position, a sailboat, a special child, a special place, many people at once, no one but ourselves, a quiet time, a sad time, a time to hide and a place where no one but those good to us know about… you know, life. That’s sort of what the TToT is all about. Generating, encouraging, reinforcing, eliciting, contradicting (hypo-gratitude), and sowing the seeds of change, that’s kind of what many think the attitude of gratitude has the potential for creating or otherwise helping within our own individual lives.

That being said, while the consensus is: focus on 10 things that made you feel grateful and write them in a Post, this particular gratitude-centric bloghop, being founded by a clark of the finest water, not only leaves the form and manner of execution to us as individuals, she kinda goes out of her way to let everyone know that they are welcome here, in TToT-ville. So come on down!

  1. given that I got all Edmond Hoyle on y’all in the intro, best start with one of the main things that I’m grateful for here at this here bloghop here, the Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules) which very simply states that, provided the writer is of good intent, and can cite a plausible Rule (chapter and verse, rigorously cited, please), there is total carte blanche as to how you may present your Items
  2. Una… Chodsky pesextraordinaire  she enjoys our Friday walks, now that the day isn’t the winter-time shortened to 20 minutes on a cloudy day… so we went cow-baiting yesterday afternoon:
  3. Phyllis a most critical element in the writing of the wonderful online series, ‘Blogdominion’  (This is a grat item of multiple inference: that there is a serial novel is an item on  this list, on it’s own merits. That Phyllis is willing to do one of the final pre-publishing readings is very appreciated, in that, as a roger, she provides an insight into how the general public might respond to what I’ve written. (rogers, of course, being ‘the general public’, bless their hyper-emotive hearts)
  4., a site for those who would write online. One of the challenges of writing on-line is arranging Posts ‘in order’, so that a new visitor can easily read it in it’s intended order, like picking up a book. The site allows easy access to the Chapters comprising the Serial Story, and also allows for comments and votes for (hint hint), because as we all know, High School is the eternal state of reality. So, if you haven’t read it yet, I’ll provide the direct link to the Prologue and you be the judge:  ‘Blogdominion
  5. Well, this certainly has been an orderly TToT!  Makes think I need to do something, god knows that as much as clarks yearn to be accepted, we find (that) being just one of the crowd, a bit…. limiting, maybe a touch boring?
  6. Wakefield Doctrine  the BoyScout-GirlScout Handbook/National Scholastic/Chilton Repair Manuel/Cliff Notes for better understanding the people in our lives around us! Find your way to understanding the Doctrine sufficiently to allow the clarks, scotts and rogers to step out of the over-crowded cast of characters in our lives and you will have a certain advantage, i.e. you will know the other person better than they know themselves! And you will be amused, because, and I’m going out on a limb here, most of us who write blog are total people watchers.
  7. geography!  my local geography which is bordering the ocean. There was ‘some weather’, as we say in these parts, this week past and so I made the side trip down to the shore to look at the waves….
  8. SR 1.3 (“Secret Rule 1.3 in part and in whole, allows, that when a list is completed, the fact of the completion of said list is a valid Item [of Thankful] and therefore may be substituted in the place of [a]nother item, despite and even though, there is an element of causality-looping that you couldn’t push with a bulldozer


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Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. christine says:


  2. christine says:

    Thank you for the view of the ocean. I do miss it, and I’m jealous of people who get to see it whenever they darn well please. And those classic beach “cottages” are so pretty.
    Of course, I hesitate to thank you for the video, because your drive to the ocean practically gives me a heart attack, and I don’t want to encourage such behavior as driving without a seat belt and blowing through stop signs. :)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      I’m glad I didn’t try what I thought for Una’s walk…. besides the video I thought it might be cool if I brought my work camera and took ‘stills’ for use at the Doctrine of Una and The Cows…. but I forgot the camera at home.

  3. valj2750 says:

    Location, location, location. The ocean video has me longing for Maine’s rocky coast. High school, the eternal state of reality. Interesting thought which I will ponder. I think maybe Freshman, sophomore, the beginning of HS. Anyway, bring on the next chapter.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah, it seems that social dynamic is, somehow, hardwired into culture/society for myself, sophomore

  4. Cynthia says:

    Secret rules? I just *love* secret rules. Hehe.
    Love the list here…been thinking about updating the “Tude this weekend…since I’m all holed up with a nice cold and all..between that and drawing, I might get my creative fill! And so cool about Phyillis’s input…and let’s see: you border the ocean. Ahh…that’s awesome in a summery-sort of way and not-too-much-humidity-in-the-winter-hopefully sort of way :D

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      the Ocean is one of those (few) perfect things in life, along with dogs… no matter what the weather or time of year, the ocean is alway just plain amazing

  5. ivywalker says:

    I have noticed that you tend to eliminate the obligatory dance number needed to utilize the sbor / bosr… Never forget the dance….its the best part…how do you expect to charm the virginal guards…sex isn’t gonna work.

    • lrconsiderer says:

      Glad you said about the dance thing, so I didn’t have to ;)

    • lrconsiderer says:

      *sigh* I haven’t seen the sea since I flew over it, and I miss it, yet it’s just TOO cold to even think about going to the beach yet. I think as much as I adore the sea, I prefer the warmth.

      What Something do you think you might do? I’m intrigued, as a Someone who might also wish to do Something, but knows not what.

    • lrconsiderer says:

      And now the page is stuck in an endless loop of replying to Ivy rather than directing anything at Clark. Marvellous.

      • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

        lol (how do They know that perfect instance when a relatively minor inconvenience can, Beanstalk-like shoot through the cieling?!)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      wait. a. minute! sex isn’t gonna work?!!?! what the hell did I survive High School Hell (and Nancy Jackson) if you tell me that sex isn’t gonna work?!?!


  6. dyannedillon says:

    Dem’s some waves. Look cold and wintry and all kinds of blustery and miserable and why can’t it be summer already?

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      ‘cellent waves. funny about storms, there are varieties, very much depending on wind direction, which totally produces different temperatures. In this particular store, the wind was out of the southeast and so the temperature was moderate (50’s) in contrast to a day when the wind might be out of the northwest, which makes for less rain, more cold.

      hey your site wouldn’t let me comment yesterday! what the hell! because it’s you, I’ll try again today.

  7. Denise says:

    That was rather freakish, unusual…rock on a tree. Very “children of the cornish” :D

    Thanks for opening the window :)

  8. The ocean I’m least familiar with is the northern east coast. I’ve always wanted to go to Maine in the winter and see the frozenness but I like winter and snow so might be cray cray that way, or something like it. I need to catch up on Blogdominion. Truly.

  9. Even in winter, I find the ocean quite beautiful. Cold, perhaps, but beautiful. It’s a terrible contradiction of chaos and calm and it never fails to leave me in awe.
    Ooh. I quite loved that – off to save that line for a poem I’ve got working.
    Skipping the dance…not cool. Maybe you should post a dance video.
    And I think it’s great that you have Phyllis on hand to give you a first read. Yay!

  10. herheadache says:

    Ah, love the sound of the waves crashing against the shore.
    Sorry you have such a strong feeling about February. I was born in it and so I can’t brush it off completely, but I understand that it’s likely not for everyone.
    Sorry I missed you guys at vidchat this time round. I was at a charity spaghetti dinner and it ran late. Got back just in time to see Lisa depart, as she was one to just miss it too, or so I gathered. See you next time.

  11. phyllis says:

    Great post – made me smile, especially the videos. I bet you are the only person on the planet that walks the dog in a moving car, without proper seat restraints, while holding the phone up for video purposes. (Same goes for the ocean drive.) Makes me feel a little less guilty for my own vehicle indiscretions like driving with my head out of the window, taking a picture during the last ice storm.
    Thank you!!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      I will leave you to tell the Readers about your own, Mini-as-roller-coaster-car, maneuver that you will treat new passengers to…

      • phyllis says:

        We bought the Mini after my mom died and it seems appropriate, if not raining or snowing too hard, to put the top down. This morning at 38F was a top down drive into work. If passengers choose to drive with me it is usually a top down drive (I do give them my sister’s quilt to wrap up in though). And yes, those who do not know me are surprised when I steer with my knee and raise both hands over my head for long periods of time – I even did this during my friend’s funeral procession – makes me and my friends smile.

        • Denise says:

          Hey Phyllis! Don’t forget to mention the seat warmers! Very important for evening drives under the stars :) They make all the difference in the world :D

  12. You are lucky to have a great in-house Phyllis to take care of that important pre-publishing work. Your description of the Wakefield Doctrine, a combination of the Boy Scout, etc. made me laugh, especially with the Chilton Repair Manual! It is always good to find an online site that makes one’s work easier. One of the differences between the East Coast and the West Coast are those many rock walls bordering the properties on the East Coast. Such an impressive amount of manual labor represented in those walls!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      you know, that’s one of things that I find hardest to believe about other parts of the country, people say they can dig holes and hardly ever hit a rock! I kinda want to believe them, but this part of the country (southern New England), you can’t go more than 3 shovel fulls down without hitting rocks, unless you’re already at the beach or (digging) in a gravel pit (where there are veins of fine sand).
      It’s sometimes hard to see, but the stone walls are not everywhere simply to mark boundaries, but because the fields (they’re marking were full of rocks)