TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘a slightly binary approach.’

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

( lol No, I have no idea what prompted me to use this image… kinda the random impulse thing, ya know?)

A bunch of things this week. (It’s been an established goal* here at the Doctrine to try to develop a writing style that permits me to write a direct, organized and straightforward List of Ten Things of Thankosity**)

Being Saturday, this is my TToT  (The TToT, hosted by Josie, is, as most good things, simplicity itself; write a post with whatever may have occurred or been encountered in the previous week, (or when you were in the second grade) that sparked a feeling of gratitude. It’s not a bad use of words and sentences and grammar and such.)

For this week (I am grateful for):

Anonymous mugs

1) black with white dots
2) white with black dots


3) sports coats
4) snow shovels


5) stress*** (‘Fear’s attractively dressed half-sister, who everyone wonders why you two can’t settle down with and make a go of it)
6) satisfaction with occasionally over-coming my natural disinclination to live in the here and now and act genuinely.


7) Una
8) Phyllis


9)  Friends and correspondents here in the ‘sphere. It’s a remarkable place.
10) Hey! New ‘OT-teers! Totally grateful for reminding me of the essential spirit of this exercise.
Jo over at ‘Fallen Angel‘ last week did an Item that illustrates best what I think I mean. She mentioned someone dying, which is usually a not-so-good thing but at the same time, found within that event something that engenders gratitude. And the cool thing about this blog is that by reading her post, I could, to a small and minor degree, identify with her.
 Monster Martha, another of the newer voices here shares that directness and economy of expression that shows itself so very strong when writing Posts focusing on gratitude. This influx of new people and blogs is, imo, one of the reasons that this bloghop is still as lively and satisfying as it was when it first started.





*  if not goal, then surely sub-text would designate the status of the ….ambition  there! that’s the word I should’ve gone for, ambition

** yeah, if’n I only managed to leave the duct tape and finger-painted vocabulary back at the Doctrine, I might get a simple ‘One through Ten’ list written.

*** technically, stress would be an item of hypogratitude, which is a valid, if not somewhat weird approach to compiling items for our list each week. It’s referenced in the BoSR/SBoR, I’ll try to get a more comprehensive definition of the term and the SR that covers it’s application in a list.



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. Bravo, Clark! You totally achieved your self-stated goal to generate a concise and straight-forward list of grats for the TToT! It made me smile in that it is such a departure from typical Clark postiings. I think I like both, just another interesting facet of Clark!

    I loved the new cups your received, and the spirit of friendship that sent them, and I agree with you about the challenges of trying to live in the moment. I tend to spend more time observing, reflecting, and analyzing than I do actually living – something I need to keep working on because I think it’s important!

    Thank you, also for noting that the addition of two new TToT bloggers to our group is a huge plus, not only to ensure the continuity of our weekly TToT exercise, but also because new people bring in a fresh approach and give us things to think about we hadn’t considered, just as you pointed out! I am always delighted when someone new wants to give TToT a try, because doing it just makes you feel good! :-)

    Thank you for your faithful participation and insights, blessings to you in the coming week!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      thank you, Josie

      the anonomugs are very enjoyable to use and, more, what they represent. (funny about that, the what they represent being so strong), not being overly sentimental and such… lol
      new participants are totally fun, it makes the routine, novel and the old, new.

  2. The first thing that came to mind with your post illustration is “rub a dub dub, three kids in a tub!” Obviously my brain has derailed my train of thought once again. :-)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      this has always been one of the small pleasures of blogging, to find an image to go with a post because, more often than seems reasonable, I’ll pick an image, then write a post and realize that there is a connection… probably shouldn’t be surprised, the mind has so many tricks up it’s sleeve.*

      *lol I love the mangled metaphor

      • I agreed about selecting images, sometimes I write first, sometimes I start with the picture, but almost always in the end it seems to connect. That has to be the best mangled metaphor I’ve heard… absolutely true, and I know it will now pop into my mind at the proper moments! :-))

  3. valj2750 says:

    I think the photo is a Doctrine icon for Scott, Roger and Clark. I like the way you linked to the “new to the hop” participants. That’s what makes you a wonderful virtual (and that time irl) friend.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah… thats the attitude I’ve been fortunate to see in the people I met when just starting out in this virtual place

  4. Jo (Fallen Angel) says:

    Thank you for the mention! I’m glad it was something you could identify with :) I particularly like your number 6 this week; living in the here and now is a practice which I’m trying to develop.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      such a challenge… (I’m of the belief that it is the only place to be. As it is, I try and have been fortunate enough to have the idea reinforced enough to prevent me from forgetting it for too long. or something)

  5. zoe says:

    I love your analogy/definition of stress… I even forwarded it to someone this morning… Have a great week Clark.

  6. Kristi says:

    I know that much of the nation had snow this week, but it still amazes me that weather can differ so much! Coats and shovels are definitely things of thanks when the weather is cold!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      really, I think you said something about 80 degrees out there the other day!

  7. Patricia says:

    I with you on #6. I don’t spend much time in the past and a good bit of it in the here and now. But my favorite place is somewhere else that is undefined, has no boundaries, and has nothing in it that I don’t want or like. If I was dead I would say it is heaven…but I’m not dead so I don’t know exactly where or what it is.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lol… very interesting…. my own efforts, or rather my own impression of any success at acting in the here and now end up being in retrospect… I (seem to) only know that I’ve been successful after the fact
      they sho don’t make it easy, do they?

      • Patricia says:

        I don’t think life is meant to be easy. Or maybe I tell myself that so I don’t get depressed.

        • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

          well, the fun* thing about the Doctrine is that it will maintain (among other semi-inflammatory concepts**) that we all live in a perfect world (of our own intention).
          In all seriousness, the main thing the Wakefield Doctrine offers is an (additional) perspective on the world around us and, considered in that context sometimes things that we think are permanent and never to be changed are very alterable.
          In fact, thinking about your comment in the context of the Doctrine, I might offer that the challenge of life manifests differently for all three personality types.

          * and very cool thing

  8. I love the mix of old and new voices in the Thankful group and yeah, cool that you gave a nod to the new folks.
    My favorite thing here has to be the anonomugs. Loved seeing those show up in your posts!

  9. herheadache says:

    Reason number one why I look forward to checking out your posts when the weekend comes around is one I can see I am not the only or fist to notice on arrival. Your ability to live in the present makes you the king of this here TToT we take part in. You appreciate things on a consistent basis. I am a little more uneven in that way. Love how you highlight at least one fellow TToT member as one of yours. New members is a bonus of this place and the linkup and it is, as you point out, a remarkable thing.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      like the newcomers and I especially like the idea of new members and participants. It’s not so much that I would claim being able to live in the here and now, but the thing I am proud of is remembering that it( somethings/everything) is about perspective and that we all have it (perspective) available. all we have to do is remember to remember we have it.
      cool bloghop