TTOT -the Wakefield Doctrine-

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


cool thing in a clients’ house… I actually had to ask what it was

There’s an old saying, ‘a good thing that is shared, will never be lost’. This would very much be the case with the TToT. Originally created by Lizzi Lewis and shepherded through the early years (see photos below*), Our Miz Lewis did what all successful people do, she shared a passion.

Josie** has taken up the (there should be some humorous analogy here, but I can’t think of one). Bottom line, she has taken the helm and the Ten Things of Thankful bloghop continues. The ‘rules’ are simple: share ten things that/for which you are grateful for, from the week immediately behind us or any time.

1) Lizzi for creating this thing

2) Josie for continuing this thing

3) the internet for providing the place for this thing

4) my work for allowing me the resources to afford the technology to access this thing

5) Phyllis for creating an environment in which I have become increasingly aware of the parts of my life that I can reference in this thing

6) the reasonable good-sense (almost) to know when a semi-clever rhetorical thing has run it’s course, (fans of horses will applaud this description)

7) Una for being a constant power of example

8) I’m grateful for having come to know Almira Ristani Gulch, the co-central character in ‘Almira’

9) I’m tempted to say, I’m grateful for having gotten this far in a list, which by virtue of being the first in the new order (of Ten Things of Thankful) without getting too weird

10) I glad that I didn’t




*and, before anyone find themselves thinking, ‘my god is she all right?’ let me say, ‘of course she is, she’s a clark and anyone can tell you, clarks are the damn Phoenixeses of personality types’. We keep doing creative things, establish them in the ‘real’ world and then, finding our endless curiosity pulling on our shirttails, wander off to find new and interesting ways to burst ourselfs into flame  (to the wonderment of our friends and the amusement of ourselves at how, ‘we’re alway doing that!’)

** Josie, aka Wendy Harris  (hey zoe! could you explain to Josie how change resistant I am to name in the ‘sphere? (go ahead and leave out the part about chronic-passive-aggressive, ego-centric insistence…. ok?”

So below here are the collection of photos I’ve acquired (no, I said she’s doing fine)…. tell me about clarks and chameleons

fce42d99cc79af0dfc9d6c114ff601e9photo-2Tigger roarWakefield Needles 4 good

(I hope Lizzie doesn't mind my borrowing the photo)

…tell me that the TTofT is not a good thing

Wakefield Balcony



clarkscottroger About clarkscottroger
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. valj2750 says:

    I love Lizzi, too and she always has a special place in my heart. So what is that thing? A holder for croquet mallets, umbrellas or golf clubs? Something to carry your plant cuttings in? A Tazmanian water cooler/heater? Do tell.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lol… I thought the water heater cooler thing too! (though I did not recognize the Tazmanian style) and a part of my mind headed towards ‘umbrellas’ but shied way as being ‘just too crazy’

      you’re gonna punch yourself in the side of the head when you find out the answer… which for the fun of others twisting their heads around, I’ll tell you over at ‘the Facebook’

  2. Thank you Lizzi!
    Nice homage sir.

  3. Awesome TToT post, Clark! I loved all the smiling Lizzi pics, she is such a treasure, one of a kind… and I love that about her! I think the summation of your post is that TToT was and is a very good thing, and to that I say a resounding AMEN! Just reading everyone’s posts puts me in such a good frame of mind, despite the miseries of an ongoing cold/flu. It reassures me that underneath all the daily frustrations we all face, life is indeed good, and we know we are blessed! Thank you for sharing with us!!

  4. Forgot to add that your comment about name changes cracked me up! I have many that I go by and have used at alternate times in my life, maybe someday that would make a good post! :-)

  5. messymimi says:

    A wonderful thankfulness post, and thank you for including the pictures of Lizzi, she looks like someone i’d want to know IRL.

  6. Lizzi says:

    We have had a lot of fun over the years. Very true. And I am so SO grateful to Josie for taking over and heading up the continuation of the TToT…and for so much more besides. We have found true gold in this community of ours and I am glad to have been part of making it ❤❤❤

  7. Carin says:

    I love these things, thing.

  8. Sageleaf says:

    Look at all those photos of Lizzi wearing the Doctrine shirt! YEAH!
    So glad it’s continued, too. Though I don’t participate much now, I appreciate the camaraderie and gratitude the TToT elicits.
    In other news, I had wanted to call in this week…BUT, I have a terrible cold and we took the kids on a field trip on Friday night and between the two things, I was out like a light by 8:30pm last night. LOL.
    Hope you’ve been well! xo

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Them shirts are out there in the world… which is the coolest thing I can think of.
      colds are not good (but field trips are… or can be)…. rest and recover. we will catch up soon.

  9. herheadache says:

    You are right to recognize both Lizzi and Josie for the creation and continuation of this TToT thing Clark. I love your optimistic take on things, here, on a weekly basis. You are truly a one-of-a-kind here on the internet, and that’s saying something, all in the best of ways.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      thanks Kerry, this atmosphere/environment/place in the internet is all that is (potentially) good with the virtual world, ya know?

  10. Pat B says:

    Thanks for sharing those photos of Lizzi. It looks like life and travel are treating her well.
    The internet, the resources one needs, a good environment with your Phyllis, and good sense are such great TTOT.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      they cover, I think, nearly 5 years… I’m pretty sure one (with the giant rocks in the background) was from a vacation on an island (or somewhere south of where she lives)

  11. One thing in life is certain…change. It’s how we accept it in our lives that makes all the difference. Here’s to Lizzi and Josie and all of us!

  12. Kristi says:

    The TToT has become a weekly ritual, and a powerful one it is. #5 is great!