TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- OK! Weekend update: I (semi)odd thing and two new Chapters of ‘Home and Heart’

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

a color drawing of an Archaic Indian site men and women around an open fire (3000 BC North America)


This is the TToT. One of the ‘T’s stands for … things. As such, and on no less an authority than Merriam Webster, in part: ‘…an object or entity not precisely designated or capable of being designated; use this thing.’ (Couldn’t have said it better myself). The beauty part, (as a friend used to malaprop), of the TToT is that we are free to look to any and all areas of life for the items that make up our list (of Ten Things).

Josie does, in fact, provide, in the course of her stewardship of this bloghop, an atmosphere that while maintaining a certain…. order, encourages creativity in what may be considered a list of Ten Things of Thankful. (We suspect that, on some Saturdays, when this blog submits its weekly contribution, she has a moment in which she thinks, “Ok, Josie, Deep breaths. Better yet, step outside for a minute. Look around. Nice normal people doing nice normal things. …now, back to the Wakefield Doctrine.”*)

So for this week, I am grateful for:

1)  Music and lyrics. Having a major ‘learn to write good’ jones, I’m more aware of lyrics than I’ve ever been. And so, in the random way of songs on youtube this morning I came across this:

2) Phyllis and Una: one (of these two) bought fencing, the other made it clear that, if we are to have a garden this year, a fence will be helpful.


A photo taken from above (a bedroom window), the left half of the letter ‘U’ shows in the brown of raw earth, against the green of the surrounding lawn. The right half of the letter ‘U’ shows thin outlines of where it will be cut.


3) Kristi over at ‘Thankful Me’ (one of the original Graviteers and who, in fact, contributed ‘Kristi’s Rule’ which makes all the difference.) In any event, I noticed last week (yeah, probably has been there all along) that she has captions on her photos. They are well written descriptions of the photo itself. That is the kind of person she is, to provide something thoughtful as that (for those, for lack of a phone or otherwise able to clearly see the photo) with absolutely no fanfare. v. cool

4) Speaking of the Gravity Challenge. We’re all gearing up for the Summer. If you have a desire to alter the degree of attraction to the earth that you presently possess, stop by and join up. It’s fun and helpful.

5) The Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules). I like to mention the Book in every TToT post just so that, on the occasion I have need of some legal cover for a more aggressively odd Item.  That way, like, no one can say, “What do you mean Secret Book of Rules?!?! What Secret Book  of Rules!?! I have never heard of such a thing!!!” Stare decisis, binyons, stare decisis.

6) This weekend will see the release of Chapters 4 and 5 of ‘Home and Heart‘ (a Sister Margaret Ryan novel) As a matter of fact, if I can get them up on jukepop I’ll post the links here.  Live on jukepop:  Chapter 4  and  Chapter 5

7) (this space reserved for something interesting)  for now a music video from a lifetime ago

8) (this space reserved for something odd**)

A letter 'U' cut into a green lawn. Looks about 6 feet each legs, the exposed earth is dark, slightly damp looking soil. There is a shed in the background.

9) the Wakefield Doctrine (‘sure, its called a theory, but it’s totally true!’)

10) Secret Rule 1.3


* I’m kidding, of course, as Forrest Gump didn’t quite say, ‘Normal is as normal does.’

** it’s that kind of off-the-cuff statement that makes experienced TToTeers think, ‘uh oh‘  and invariably prompts zoe to call out, “Joules! To the keyboard!” “ARR!!”



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. teachezwell says:

    Well, I am still pondering your Wakefield doctrine. Clearly, you are more analytical than I, since I flit like a butterfly and have now flown back to your TToT. My mind is wobbling a bit but I’m smiling because it seems that you had fun creating this week’s TToT. I am inspired to create my own Secret Book of Rules v.2.0 and you are the first to know. That’s a lot of responsibility, clarkscottroger, so if it’s too much, I’m OK if you deny all knowledge of said Secret Book of Rules v.2.0.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      here’s a question: when you get up in the morning and you contemplate the day ahead, do you characterize the world at large as being ‘out there’, as in a place apart. (the Doctrine says, clarks think, scotts act and rogers feel) and while we are all of us of one, we all maintain the potential of the ‘other two’ worldviews.
      we welcome all volumes, iterations, compendia, spin offs, movies-of-the-week, branch offices, franchises, sects of, relating to, in contradistinction of and reaffirming the BoSR/SBoR. In fact, there is one section, Secret Rule Chapter 2.4 (subchapter 6 para 8) that states, in part, “...the development of an alternative set of Secret Rules, in whole or in part, would surely be fun, ibid and op.cit.”

  2. Love it, love it! In all reality, coming to read your weekly TToT link is always an adventure that I look forward to, I am pretty much guaranteed to find something fun and unique here. And just to set the record straight, I don’t know any normal people anyway (no offense to any of you TToT writers), and they would likely be quite boring if I did! :-)

    I have always really liked “The City of New Orleans” and of course Jethro Tull, Aqualung is a classic. (Yes I date myself)

    The garden/fence project looks like a good one. Post update photos as it progresses this season! And speaking of photos, YES, I too was so pleased by Kristi’s addition of description with the photos she shared, what an incredibly thoughtful thing to do, and it only takes a few minutes.

    I’ve got Home and Heart cued up on Jukepop on my tablet and shall proceed to begin with the reading. You are making great progress with more chapters ready to add. To me the process of undertaking an entire novel is so daunting, and yet you do it very well!

    The Wakefield Doctrine is indeed pretty cool, and it’s a very appropriate thankful since it’s creation and the process of sharing it, has had a far-reaching effect on not only your life, but others.

    Something odd… now that made me laugh. I’ll have to come back and see what could possibly qualify for this spot!! :-)) And where would we be without the SOBR and Secret Rule 1.3 which has become a very acceptable standard at the TToT. Quality over quantity always!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Clark, thank you for always making this fun! :-)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      As I implied, with writing being such a big thing for me, I listen to lyrics as much for the rhythm as the rhyme. ‘City of New Orleans’ was a song I’ve known (and listened to) over the years, but seeing the lyrics just brought home how well written they are, “Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail” totally knocked me out, the rhythm to that (and the other lines) is amazing.

      the captioning of photos is surprisingly challenging, fortunately, for whatever reason, writing comes with an exemption from the normal frustration when encountering something difficult to learn so, practice becomes it’s own reward.

      • Returning now, I see that you’ve completed your U-shaped garden spot, and curiosity requires that I inquire if it’s U for Una or some other purposeful shaping of this piece of earth. What are you intending to plant there? I hope we will see updates!

        I must agree with you that the lyrics for City of New Orleans are so very well done. I always envy people with a gift for saying things in such a simple but appealing to the senses fashion, a talent I lack, my writing tends to be a scramble of thoughts and words cobbled together by semi-colons and ellipses. :-)

        • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

          Yes. (first letter, of course). Am trying to work up the energy to do the ‘n’ and ‘a’. (not being artistically-inclined, these kinds of project are done in a burst of faux-confidence, which if enough time is available in a single (now, double) session, they come out ok.

          lyrics are interesting in how they (can) include ‘instructions’ the rhythm inherent in the words chosen.

          Thank god for elippseseses

  3. herheadache says:

    Big fan of lyrics here, but being from different generations, yes, I am afraid these songs you’ve chosen to share are new to me. Thanks. We both post songs, but so different and that’s what’s great about it./ Alll songs that are really journeys.

    Thanks for the photo descriptions too. They really help me out.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      you’re welcome. it’s an interesting exercise, ‘what words translate the image to a person who does not see it’

      yeah, there’s a whole bunch of excellent music out there

  4. Only a “U”? :) Not a complete Una garden? :D Can’t wait to see it fully formed.
    Music and lyrics. Life is incomplete without them.
    I’ve not been to Kristi’s post yet however, I’ve always enjoyed her pictures, captioned or not. She has rather a good eye :)
    theory of clarks, scotts and rogers. No better life tool. Anywhere.

  5. valj2750 says:

    What are you planning on planting in that U? In the middle of your grass? What are you doing with the sod you are digging up? How’s that for Normal is as Normal Does? I think I wore out the groves on my Aqualung album. See you over at Juke Pop.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Vegetables tomatoes and something for the rabbits, like lettuce, which in year’s past, they’ve totally decimated. And whatever else Phyllis wants to grow. The sod, unfortunately is 60 to 80 percent moss, so I’m just tearing it up.
      Will have Chapter 4 and 5 up this evening.

  6. Sageleaf says:

    Thankful for this here Doctrine and the Saturday night call in. :) Even better when the electricity is out and one can talk in candlelight. Adds something to the atmosphere or something. In any case, shared this here TToT and added the hashtag, #wakefielddoctrine. BAM!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      fun call last night. I trust the power came back on before you had to break up the furniture, bury advanced technology in the backyard and try to tattoo the great works of literature on yourself.


      • Sageleaf says:

        You know…it didn’t come back on until sometime in the middle of the night. You know who I’m *really* grateful for? Those electric crews who had to be out in the middle of a Saturday night in the torrential rain. Kudos to those dudes (and dudettes, haha). Better them than me. LOL

        • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

          know what ya mean… great sight, flashing yellow lights headed up the street

  7. May says:

    Really? Starting off with the archaic Indian site? So cliche! Ha! But seriously, I love clicking the icon to bring me here each week because I never know what awaits me. I do know I will enjoy it though. Your mind is a glorious place.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lol (when you think about it, the benefits of the internets greatly advantages those of us of the clarklike persuasion (rather than have to say, “wait! I saw this article in an old magazine…. let me try to find it,” or “but this song, you know the one, it goes day…dah da dah di” “…yeah, no, really! I mean it”)
      The inter virtual is the single most available parenthesis-filler that has ever existed.

  8. Pat B says:

    I commented here, but I remember that it was taking forever to post, so I went on to something else. I forgot to check back to see if it finally posted. Now I see that it never happened.
    Plenty of Willy Nelson music has been played in this home and in the car over the years. However, I was busy being a young Mom when Jethro Tull was on the scene. I never developed a love for his kind of music. I love the U. Next thing you know you will be doing all kinds of fonts in your yard. :-)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      actually, that was the first (of three) letters… spelling ‘Una’ not the biggest garden in the world, (thank goodness we didn’t name her Christiana-Marie or we wouldn’t have a yard left…lol