TToT –the Wakefield Doctrine– (part/version 1.1) Final Version with captions and ever thang

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

I was about to start the post with a ‘mix ‘n match’ theme, stopped and thought, ‘nah …too celevery’. Then I thought some more (yeah, I know, how likely is that)… and then I was all why the heck not? Life itself is mix ‘n match… I’ll go as far as to say, the major developments and forward motion of most of life, maturing, enjoying, discovering what we didn’t know and forgetting some things that we do is, effectively, a multiple choice test.  (Sometimes, no matter how much we wish otherwise, the correct answer is ‘None of the Above’ (here’s a bold statement, when we’re in our teens to 30s most of us experience a certain amount of anguish due to this fact of life.)

1)  Josie

2) Una

3) Phyllis

4)  Kerry

5)  zoe

6) Pop-Up Books

7) the Wakefield Doctrine

8) suburban farming

9) Secret Rules (of the Book of Secret Rules aka Secret Book of Rules)

10) SR 1.3

11) Steely Dan

(extra credit) ‘Home and Heart’ (votes at jukepop requested)




B) (i)

C) (ii)




D) (iii)

A Shipping Envelope that tells the Tale of the Sender’
A manila mailing envelope takes up all but a vertical left hand border. The border is composed of pink and white horizontal rows. It has the effect of looking like what I picture when someone says, ‘gingham’.
The envelop itself is manila (which is kinda of yellow that didn’t want to get out of bed) and it has a texture. Not so much a texture as a shape. There are regular variations showing in the surface which is due to the bubblewrap that lines the interior as protection. (Bubblewrap itself is the original talking book, of course, being ‘flatly round with it’s heart in every bump’) Someone (and by ‘someone’ we mean the sender (and by ‘sender’ we mean zoe)) has drawn a pirate ship on the outside of the envelop. In the left center, the flatten, stretched triangle of the hull has two vertical lines representing masts. At the very top of the rearmost mast is a little rectangle with one ragged, jagged edge. The battle torn flag of a privateer. Below the flags are two nearly-squares where there are the mainsails (pronounced mn’sill). The top sail has the traditional skull and cross-bones, aka a Jolly Roger drawn on it and the bottom has the traditional dog bone, (of Joules St. Jonathan, legendary canine privateer). Leaving no doubt to the identity of captain and crew, at the back (or stern or the somewhat appropriately named, ‘poop deck’*) is a dog with a sword raised and the word balloon ‘Argh’ (Hopefully your reader app has the capacity to replicate the traditional pirate sound, ‘Argh’ or ‘ARR!’ It is less throat clearing and more a self-conscious discovery of ones true character with an overtone of celebration, despite the reception by those around you.
Yes, I will stop now.
In and among the jagged, horizontal lines of the ocean upon which our pirate ship floats are both ‘catfish’ and ‘dog shark’ which are, of course, real things. lol
It is the essence of redundancy to mention that this envelop is the work of zoe. (Few of us have the combination of creativity, skills and the spontaneity that she has.)<br /> *no! serially, that is the proper name!

E) (iv)

‘Gift from z and Joules’
The book is taller than wide, text bookishly-shaped. It is resting on the yellow mailing envelop. Both lie on our dining room table. You can tell it’s the dining room table because: a) there’s a battle of colored and patterned cloth covering the surface. To either side of the book is a field of pink squares in horizontal rows (the afore-mentioned gingham* and 2) there appears to be a steak knife in the upper right corner of the photo. (We’re guessing steak knife because it’s a dark wood oblong with a contour to it’s right edge and equally spaced on the vertical axis are two lightly colored circles. These circles are reflective (as the dark wood surely is not) and so would seem to be metal rivets in the traditional design of a knife with a wood handle. It this is not enough evidence, to the left of the book and to the upper right (of the book) are squares of material different from the overall background. These two are colorful patterns as well, but more …<em>self-possessed</em>, no ambition to claim territory beyond their edges. Clearly we got ourselves a couple of cloth placemats.
The Book! Very colorful. A green background (not a bright, shiny green, more of a solid, bluish green.) The left edge of the book, the ‘spine’ of the book, is purple from top to bottom. At the top of the cover, in yellow, flowing script, in a deliberate two rows: ‘The Wonderful’ (and continuing directly beneath the ‘The’) ‘Wizard’…and beneath that is the ‘Of’. The expected word, ‘OZ’ in both much larger and has the characters of the story sitting on and among the two letters. Dorothy sits on the lower, internal curve of the ‘O’ wearing her famous blue tablecloth dress, holding a basket. The Scarecrow is above and to Dorothy’s right. The ‘Z’ overlaps and extends to the right of the ‘O; and he is sitting on the top arm of the ‘Z’. His right leg extend along the top, his left leg bent at the knee and hanging down and for reasons not in any way that I can divine, he has his hat in his hand. His expression is the ‘bemused’ look most often associated with clarks. (I mean, seriously! OK, he’s a clark and is looking for a brain and shy and all, but he is totally in the dominant (graphically and socially) position. Ain’t no ignoring this guy. (The Doctrine tells us about clarks: they do not enjoy being the focus of attention, yet they will not tolerate being ignored). The Tin Man is standing to the lower right. His right foot is on the lower arm of the ‘Z’ and he has both arms at his hips ‘akimbo’. His face reflects the nearly insufferable sell-satisfaction of a roger. Finally the Cowardly Lion. He is in the left foreground and is the largest of the four figures (Toto is there but he is sitting in front of the Lion, much, much smaller in size). The Cowardly Lion is sitting up, as lions (and dogs) do, on his haunches, forelegs straight, forming the leaning triangle of the predator class of four legged animals. The artist almost did a good job of drawing a sense of fear and self-doubt in the face of the lion.
At the bottom left, under where the lion stands: ‘A Commemorative Pop-Up’**

*I should ask Pat, she is remarkably knowledgeable of such materials
** as opposed to an ‘Accusative Pop-Up’, I suppose…. “Professor Luther! Your Ninety-five Theses are surely going bring the Vatican down on our heads, but the way the Basilica rises from the page! And there! Who would not recognize Pope Leo X standing in front of St Peters.”



F) (v)

Very black teardrop-shaped vegetable in a forest of stems.
The eggplant is held to the plant by green, pointed fingers clutching the top and narrowest end.

G) (vi)


H) all of the above

I) Some of the above

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i)  ‘Phyllis and Una sittin in a Tree’

ii) ‘A Tale of Two Dogs’

iii) ‘An Envelope, a Book, a World’

iv) ‘Plants and Jewels’

v) ‘A Dog, a Woman and a Bridge’




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:

    I like brain teasers; but I hate tests (I always think there is more than one way to look at things and therefore always more than one correct answer).
    Thank you for the enjoyable, stressful TToT.

  2. Now this is a succinct TToT. Good for you!
    Reminds me of my last job interview. Owner looking over my resume. In response to one of his questions, I commented that it (my resume) was succinct. Owner’s response: nothing wrong with succinct. Succinct is good.

    P.S. I like mix and match:D

  3. mimi says:

    So much for which to be grateful.

  4. Sageleaf says:

    The bridge, the tree house, Una, and pop up books. WOW! So awesome on so many levels! I love pop up books. :0) And thankful for all the folks who like to keep going with TToT. :) Hope you’ve had a good week!

  5. Kristi says:

    That is quite the pop-up book! The tornado is almost as scary as the one in the movie.
    Nice garden. I don’t think I’ve ever grown eggplant, though I don’t know why not. It’s one of those vegetables I like, but don’t think about.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Just the one (eggplant)… not sure why they call it that, certainly bears no resemblance to any egg I would eat.

  6. herheadache says:

    Manila…yellow that didn’t want to get out of bed. Haha.

  7. 15andmeowing says:

    Nice list of thankfuls. Pop up books are fun. :)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah. this one from Ivy/zoe is especially fun, being the Wizard of Oz (the idea for which L Frank stole from Almira) lol …no, really ask zoe!

  8. Hi Clark! Having been absent from the party for the past two weeks, it was a pleasure to come here and find this clever TToT post, your creative efforts never disappoint me! I also found the “none of the above” commentary profoundly true, and maybe that’s something that need to be said at high school graduation ceremonies. The answers to life can be very obscure, and sometimes we don’t have a clue as to the correct one or if such an option even exists. I go with the philosophy that “life is not a problem to solve, it is a mystery to experience.” It is also true that we (sometimes mercifully) forget some things along the way, and yet so many new things come to us each and every day of our lives if we greet the day with eagerness! You’ve compiled a great list of thankfuls, the important stuff, as usual. I love Zoe’s envelope artwork, and most certainly your vision for a papal pop-up book! :-) Have a great weekend coming up!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      from what I saw on ‘the Facebook’ yours was both an enjoyable and successful trip (house selling and all).
      haven’t had a formal multiple choice test since leaving school. plenty of informal, high-stakes, pop-quiz ones, but nothin involving No.2 pencils…lol