TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘tv tropes, cover songs and photos of dogs’

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

(“uh oh…someone’s phone camera got switched to artsy”)*
*or worse…thinking, ‘what photo would be really difficult to describe in 25 40 words or less
Landscape orientation.
A line of blue with ambitions of pure white light, angles downward against a background of black. Our conceit is to call the black the background to the light, our bias against (and fear of) the dark never far away.


1) Funny about the passage of time… I ‘was there’ when this song first came out. It was on Simon & Garfunkel’s monster (gentle monster) of an album, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’. I didn’t pay it much attention, as I was just entering my ‘I know, if only I… then life will makes sense’ phase (aka High School-College). That ellipsis? In this case, its: ‘learn to play guitar and get in a band’. As with many things, with time my appreciation of music broaden. By the ’80s I’d come to like the song, then with onset of my writing jones, the lyrics become the basis of my enjoyment. This morning, as I drove to the office listening to one of my college stations, I heard the Dobro intro. I recognized the song immediately, of course, and then the amazing vice of Alison Krauss… and, I was all, damn! what a good cover, I gots to put it on the TToT

2) I was originally thinking about the Beverly Hillbillies, because humor, like music appreciation, changes with time.

3) Una and Phyllis

4) Bella and Phyllis

5) Ola and Phyllis
















6) Josie …at Number 6? well, sure, ’cause who makes it to Number 3, never mind Number 6 in a List of Ten Things of Thankful without knowing where they are, who the person responsible for the hard work in keeping a bloghop like this live and online is and what the Rules are?  …. oh, yeah, this is the Wakefield Doctrine…. those Readers are likely to get this far without a proper introduction.

7) Open Item: Anyone interested in getting theys feet wet on this grat blog but don’t have 10 Items ready, send me your Grat Item as a Comment and I’ll put it here.

8) Sunday Supplement Watch this space tomorrow! (not now, stop watching? you can’t look until then… now cut it out. Sure, go down to Item 9….)

“How can there be straight lines with the Earth being round?”

9) Feast of Saint Roger (aka Thanksgiving)

10) 1.3 (in the Book of Secret Rules, aka the Secret Book of Rules)


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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:

    Thank you for the pictures of our favorite dogs.

  2. Aw, man. Why did you have to bring up the time thing and clarks. It’s phenomenally f’d up!
    Nice pics. No, that’s ok. Didn’t have to mention me in the background. Maybe I was invisible that that :D
    I am sorry that I never met Bella in person.
    That is a most excellent cover. I have always loved that song. Shawn and Allison did a wonderful job on the vocals. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sageleaf says:

    Okay, so you made me go look it up. I know you were referring to the rogerian holiday (no WONDER I refused to drive to Colorado this year for Thanksgiving, MUCH to the chagrin of certain family members, lol), but then you had me wondering. WAS there a St. Roger? Why, yes. Apparently he lived in the 1200s and was “given the habit” by St. Francis of Assisi himself. And he has a real feast day! It’s January 5th. Who knew!?
    As always, I’m thankful for your thankfuls. It’s fun and interesting seeing the progression of time with the different family dogs: Bella, Ola, Una…next I predict you’ll have a dog named “Zola” – who was a French novelist…

  4. herheadache says:

    People fear the dark. I do and I don’t. I am in that dark more and more these days.

    Love this song. Thanks for sharing. Love Allison.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      its such a powerful thing (the dark, darkness)…more of a black slate than light (not so surprisingly)

      yeah, as I say in the post… it came on the radio and I was ‘damn! what an excellent version’…. (I was about to reveal my excessive age by asking how it is up there for available radio stations and then remembered this little thing called the internet… no longer is a matter of broadcast range of transmitters… for my car it is and that, is really the only place i listen to the radio)

  5. Carin says:

    Is Bella playing hockey?

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      It would appear so, however I spoke to Phyllis and she reminded me that Bella was really into curling…. lol

  6. Funny thing our perception of black and negative and nighttime as scary. In other cultures this is not always true. I have learned from rez friends in SD that black denotes honor, respect, and adulthood as well as being related to things of the air. For me, there is a comfort in the dark velvet blanket of the night sky, but not necessarily true when I am inside a dark house.

    The Papa Bear and I love Alison Kraus and this is an amazing cover of a long-time favorite song… yes, I also remember it’s release way back then, I about wore that record out!

    Loving the photos of Phyllis and furkids past and present… and yes I did spot that extra face in the tree house! :-)

    Thank you again for the shout out. It requires so little to make sure that a link-up is ready and scheduled to accept everyone’s offerings, and the paybacks of getting to share in the gratitude process is huge!

    Great observation about the horizon line as viewed from any point on our round earth. I have often thought the same, it would be so much easier to convince me that the earth is flat if we had not seen the photos from space (allegedly) :-)

    I am so hoping that someone new will take you up on one of your great post participation offers this time or in the future. Maybe we need to start a campaign to see who we can get to submit an item for you to share!

    Thanksgiving… a time of feasting and family for many. I saw a wonderful t-shirt once on a Native American Facebook page of someone wearing a t-shirt that said “Don’t feed the Pilgrims”. I can understand that perspective, although I think that every day is a good day to celebrate being Thankful, and it doesn’t require the massive spending spree associated with Christmas.

    Thank you for always offering something refreshing here, Clark, I look forward to your TToT post every week! :-)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Upon reflection (your comments are quite good in stimulating that response) I’d have to agree… there is so much power in black (at least in ‘color’) as to the lack of light…there it’s not so much a condition as it is a lack of control or restraint. Open season on the imagination, for better or worse.
      It’s really amazing how, sometimes, there’s a cover that manages to be a better version of the original.
      It’s always fun to see what ends up on these pages each weekend.

  7. 15andmeowing says:

    Nice list of thankfuls. I always enjoy photos of Una, it is nice to see the others too. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  8. Kristi says:

    Time is one of those concepts that is both familiar and foreign. I once heard it explained that we are eternal creatures, so of course we would have problems with time. We aren’t made for endings.

    (And dogs don’t stick around as long as we do, which is both sad, and also affords us the opportunity to get to know more canine friends.)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Funny you should say that. I recall explaining to someone that, if one accepted that the nature of consciousness is retrospective (I ‘hear’ what I think or say, after I say it, rather than before) then we have proof of our ultimate immortality by virtue of the very act of considering it! (no! really! wait!…. if all consciousness is ‘retroactive’ and I were to die…really die, then my (self)awareness would extinguish in a backwards cascade…right back (and past) this very moment!)
      It’s true! lol
      Dogs are pretty remarkable whats the old saying ‘God made dogs in case Man forgot how to live’

  9. Pat B says:

    You got me with that first video! We have always enjoyed listening to Alison Krauss.

    The Beverly Hillbillies brought a lot of laughter into homes. Thanks for sharing that clip.

    Once I took a really shaky photo of our maple trees during some stormy weather. It became one of my favorite photos for a while, because the leaves were so blurry that the photo reminded me of a painting. :-)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      funny how tastes change over time…actually as I type that, I remind myself that they (tastes) do change only if I keep an open mind. (But whats not to like about a fancy eatin room with pot passers and meat stickers… plus, ceement ponds (which, I will almost always use that term if I’m showing a house with a pool… most people are amused.)