TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- “…wait a minute, you can’t do that! it’s …it’s just not done!”

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


Not a lot of bandwidth left, will be brief: Lizzi ->Ten Things of Thankful ->(years fly by) -> Josie -> TToT ->new curatorship ->new and old participants.

Seeing how we’re all now used to how much…. er  latitude is allowed (encouraged, really, as Josie being a writer of no small ability), to take the road less travelled, I thought I’d submit this TToT. (Have my Romance Writers of Rhode Island meeting today, and… and! I’m to bring (some) of the refreshments.*

1)  Saturday Morning:

2) Anticipatory Item: the Wakefield Doctrine Rite of Hat. If you take a photo of yourself wearing a Wakefield Doctrine hat standing in front of a place or a thing, then you have every right to claim ownership. It worked (for a while) for Spain and Portugal! (see: Treaty of Tordesillas)

3) Estes Park, Colorado

4) Rhode Island Romance Writers 

5) hey! Kerry!! we’re a bit more cinematographic than usual this week. The first video is a youtube clip from an old (as in way before you, or, I fear, most readers were born)… a feature from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. There is audio and the animation is nothing to write home about. The second vid is from one of my Doctrine road trips, in this case to Colorado and the Stanley Hotel. The Stanley Hotel is a hotel (in the style and architecture of the grand resort hotels, all cupolas and porches and formal lawns) in the Rockies, famously used as an establishing shot in one of the movie versions of Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’.  The video is of my Wakefield Doctrine hat as I pan from hotel to mountains and back again. Now that I see the vid, I really should be claiming to be a pioneer of the selfie… this having been taken 5 or 6 years ago.

6)  The ‘fact of Ola’. Not to indulge in the metaphysical** but those in our lives, present and departed become a part of us, (imo), in a very real sense. Not simply memories of the times spent together, but in the way that we relate ourselves to the world around us every day going forward.


8) the Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules) this collection of written and un-written ‘Rules’, are the inferred license to further engage in the community here at the TToT. (There’s an old Hibernian saying, “rules, schmules… the only effective rules are those we make up ourselves.“), meaning, of course, that even at a bloghop such as one titled Ten Things of Thankful, it is the intention of the participants that is paramount, the intention to share parts of our individual realities that cause us to feel grateful and, by sharing it, allow others to identify with the experience. ya know?

9) Saturday Night


10) Secret Rule 1.3  (see Item 8)

* maybe not the Algonquin Roundtable, but this is a group of rather talented and quite accomplished authors. Being invited*** to bring some of the refreshments, though I am not inclined to eat in public, implies that I am that much closer to being accepted into the ranks (or rankquetts) of this rather interesting writers group

** yeah, right

*** well,  I kinda waved my hand from the back of the class… “Hey! Hey!”1

1)  Students of the Wakefield Doctrine (yeah, I’m thinking Cynthia and Denise and Lizzi and zoe) are all, smiling at themselves and nodding with one of those rounded thought balloons over they heads,  “Ah!! His secondary scottian aspect asserting itself. It is so true that clarks, though they do not enjoy being the center of attention, will not tolerate being ignored.”



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. phyllis says:

    There is no Item 7.
    I am a Roger LOL

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      “…the world is a quantifiable place, because that’s the only right way to run universe!” (the Wakefield Doctrine)

  2. valj2750 says:

    I’ve become really adept at intrinsic gratitude – the hidden stuff that is between the lines. There’s always way more than 10. Phyllis made me laugh with her comment but perhaps she (or Una) is number lucky 7.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lucky 7! good inferential question! What is luck to the three personality types! huh! thinks I gots to write a post about that this week (after Chapter 2, of course)

  3. Very interesting grouping of things to be thankful for. References to Bullwinkle/Rocky & Peabody/Sherman made me smile – also dates us.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      that is a very large part of the fun at this here bloghop here, the only rule (other than Secret Rules) are that there are no rules.

  4. Another great TToT, Clark… both thought provoking and entertaining! And I would not have even noticed the missing #7 if Phyllis hadn’t pointed it out! I also know that this does not surprise you. :-) Pioneer of the selfie, how cool is that! Hey, we had it all figured out long before the “kids” came up with such ideas, we just didn’t see the need for ten or more selfies per week! ;-)

    Your writing group sounds wonderfully informational and supportive and now I find myself wondering if nearby small city has anything similar in nature. I hadn’t thought of it ’til reading this now. And this begs the question, if they do would I actually attend? Maybe!

    Clarks will not tolerate being ignored… hmmm, that’s the thought provoking point of this post. And… yes.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      thank you
      it’s fun the things we are capable of that we might have, at an earlier time, said ‘no way’… photos and videos of myself are not ‘natural’, however, once the Wakefield Doctrine came on the scene, I found myself doing things because it would advance the Wakefield Doctrine. (There’s a secret of the universe hidden in that, the notion of sidestepping the ego by focusing an ‘an other’, the reverse of the more common bad application, which is to exert control on people through the use of ‘others’.
      clarks is funny that way. (there’s an old, inner circle saying, ‘clarks are twisted scotts’) but most clarks that end up here have a pretty respectable secondary scottian aspect.
      now that I read that… hey thanks for the post theme suggestion! ‘what’s the story on secondary and tertiary aspects?!’ need to do a post on that this week.

  5. So what kind of refreshments did you bring to your roundtable, eh?
    I’m A ok if you indulge in the metaphysical. A true statement and while I do not have the “correct” words to express that I concur with #6, you have aptly described it sufficiently for me to identify.
    The right of Hat! I have only claimed 2 places sad to say. Perhaps on my next road trip :D

    Is it any wonder Peabody and Sherman were ahead of their time…what an advantage.

  6. skippergirl says:

    I definitely believe in the metaphysical – and I do believe my past “children” visit me to remind me of the good of the world. In reference to number 8, I am horrible at rules. :) But understand the necessity of order…

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      ah but these are ‘Secret’ rules! the best kind! and they’re the best because we all get to make them up. Like the best and the worst of ‘open book’ and self-grading tests in school, we are held to a communal standard that only we can grade! lol

  7. Patricia says:

    I always follow the rules…when I want to.

  8. Kristi says:

    “I’m sorry, Dave. . . ” such a memorable movie line!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      I still remember going to see it the first time at the one ‘wide screen’ movie theaters. Nice to have something so simple be able to bookmark a whole section of my growing up

  9. herheadache says:

    “I WON’T be ignored Dan!” (Yeah, I am not too old to know I love that line from Fatal Attraction.) Thanks for explaining some of the things you included.
    Congratulations on being given refreshments duty in your group. I am glad you found it. I think you must be doing well there.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Well. I’m there. And the most basic reason (for joining) was to associate with people who have done what I am trying to do, get published. I’m a total believer in the idea that the more I do the things that published writers do, the closer I get to becoming one.

  10. Phyllis – “I am a Roger.” LOLOLOL That was awesome!
    While not interested in being the center of attention, Clarks will not be ignored. Oh yeah. Definitely.
    Peabody and Sherman…I fear I give away more years than most people guess I own. I remember them and many other Saturday morning goodies. Weekend kids’ TV just isn’t the same any more.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lol yeah, Phyllis is one of the more enlightened rogers I know! I still can enjoy any of the Jay Ward productions, far and away superior to Hanna Barbara (even better than Depatie-Freleng)

  11. Pat B says:

    It has been a lot of years since I have watched a Rocky and Bullwinkle show. I think you just wanted to check out my memory. :-) I love your #6! The Stanley Hotel is a magnificent building. I don’t particularly like to eat out in public by myself, but I have no problem if I am with friends.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      All of us who remember watching Rocky and Bullwinkle are ‘eligible’ for being checked lol
      It was quiet a roadtrip (to the Stanley Hotel)