TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘…post-Thanksgiving gratitude list?! sounds a little dangerous to me, if you know what I mean.’1

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

“Sitting at my desk at two minutes past five on a Friday afternoon, deep in the season of darkness.”
(Landscape orientation) The perspective of a person sitting at a desk, closely enough that the nearest edge of the muted-toffee top does not show. Most of the lower half of the photo is of the desktop. Except… it is not a full and even right-to-left claim on the bottom of the photo. The desk’s left edge is up against a wall that has a pair of windows. The wall on the left (with those two windows) takes up most of the left side of the photo but in the middle (of the scene) the left wall becomes the opposite wall.
The result is: while nearly all the elements in the photo are of square/rectangular shapes, not are straight, at least from the perspective we are afforded in the photo.

In the spirit of the delicious and lovingly prepared, multi-vehicle, interstate highway pile-up of a dinner this Thursday past, I’ll continue the theme in this week’s TToT.

Thanks go out to: Josie, Una, Phyllis, clients, the Graviteers, Joules (and her human, zoe), the fabulous Hexaliterati at the Six Sentence Story, the Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules), Sister Bernadine of St. Dominique’s…oh and the the inventors of camera phones, Kerry (SOC-extrodinairette and road-trip role model), whoever invented yellow lined-pads, Cynthia and other like-minded clarks with the skills and discipline to ‘take the message’ out to the clarks who still live in the shadows. the movie ‘Tin Man‘ and the oddly encouraging personality quirk of un-justifiable ambition and delusions of literary skills beyond any reasonable assessment.2

There, that was a quick and simple TToT

A few feet notes, photo descriptions and a music vid and we’re done!

Hey! remember the ’70s?  (“You don’t?  No, no need to bother your parents…sure, I realize it’s just a quick call …no, I’m quite aware that Wikipedia is a keystroke away…. well, here watch the video and try to imagine a time/culture/milieu when the special effects contributed to the listener’s enjoyment of the song…no, seriously, It did.)

1)  It is axiomatic that if a person revisits the Wakefield Doctrine more than twice, (once by accident, once again to be certain that the author of the blog wrote what they thought he wrote), that person is: a clark or a scott or roger with a significant secondary clarklike aspect. ya know?

2) So let’s try and organize this mess ‘o grats. There are People, Places and Things that, by being present in my timeline, provide a positive influence on the path of its continuation.

The ‘People’ (in the above citation) are self-explanatory. (Yes, I will wait for the clarks to stop laughing.)

For the benefit of those new to this blog, I will list Una separately (from the people). Here is a photo:

Older Readers are permitted to laugh at the incidental (however greatly appreciated in retrospect) resemblance to a wonderful cartoon series from the 1960s, ‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’ The term side-long glance is totally appropriate.
A landscape orientation.
Una on the left sitting upright on her haunches (forelegs straight, supported by front paws), in a bad-choice green leather wingback chair. She is looking directly at the camera, with mouth open, pink tongue anchoring the rounded ‘V’ of her face and head.
Phyllis is sitting to the right (Una’s left). She is not sitting upright. She does not appear to even be sitting in a chair. We guess this because the top of Phyllis’ head and Una’s head on a level.
Phyllis is not looking at the camera. She is looking at Una. She (Phyllis) has her left arm on the arm of the leather chair and, as a result, is leaning out of upright, towards Una.
The sidelong glance is apparent, despite the fact that Phyllis is wearing glasses. Her torso and head are facing the camera. Her eyes are looking at Una.
To seal the deal, Phyllis is wearing a turquoise tee shirt.
Una, on the other hand, conveys a sense of being properly and formally dressed for the occasion.

The ‘Places’ include the office in the photo at the top of the post. (“Yeah, the rogers are sitting with totally over-loaded thought balloons with, like, ‘there’s something wrong in that picture, hey that clock on the wall…wait just a damn minute!’) Direct your questions, concerns, outrage and complaints to zoe, thank you very much.

And finally, the Things: the Wakefield Doctrine. The reason for my presence in this virtual funhouse, everyone’s favorite ‘sphere, the blogosphere.

Here… that’s right…go ahead, click and read the other writers participating in the TToT


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. What an utterly enjoyable post! Smiles and smiles before I go….:)
    Thank you

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      With Maurice and them to send one off into the day, only a soulless wretch could avoid smiling.

  2. Kristi says:

    I seem to remember Bob Costas also had a Peabody and Sherman glasses reference a while back–but I don’t think he was reporting with an actual dog by his side!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah, though not deliberate, the way Phyllis is regarding Una just jumped out at me when I came across the photo

  3. messymimi says:

    Great list, and i like those clocks, they confuse me but i do enjoy trying to figure them out.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      (they tend to be simpler than they seem, there’s an old saying at the Doctrine: ‘clarks hated being the center of attention but will not tolerate being ignored’) and we see the world from outside the window, so the difference (that gets reflected in our actions) is not a new thing, but a different perspective…ya know?

  4. Sageleaf says:

    I’m always grateful for the doctrine. It is a topic of daily conversation when John and I are discussing the scotts, clarks and rogers in our lives. It’s so hilarious how all these scenarios play out given the different worldviews. Case in point: my scottian brother in law loves to mountain bike. We have some close family friends who are rogers (one’s a roger-scott and the other is a roger-clark). When we get together for biking, it’s fun to watch. Our roger-scott friend tries so, so, so hard to keep up with my scottian BIL who is ALWAYS at the front of the pack. I’m usually last as I don’t really care what’s going on: I’m going at my own pace and enjoying the scenery, by golly. Everyone else is between: John’s usually second or third, depending on where the roger-scott is and his roger-clark wife usually is closer to me. But the roger-scott guy will push, push, PUSH himself to the point of delirious exhaustion to keep up with the scott in the pack…

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      “…delirious exhaustion.” Very excellent phrase, yo.
      I’ve been thinking about (one of) the topics of our conversation this Saturday and am determined to write a post that less anchors and chains and more fun

      seeing how you mentioned rogers, maybe it should be about our huddled brethren I came across new rogerian expression just the other day, where someone was trying to describe a guitar that had extra attention paid to it’s finish (and the photo did indicate that the guitar was very attractive), however the writer choose to say, “…this (guitar) is exponentially stunning.’

      we (clarks and scotts) can’t make this stuff up! lol

  5. herheadache says:

    “Sitting at my desk at two minutes past five on a Friday afternoon, deep in the season of darkness.” (Landscape orientation) The perspective of a person sitting at a desk, closely enough that the nearest edge of the muted-toffee top does not show.

    Love this and your words, translated from the visual.

    Love the song too. I am not too young to have come across it in my travels. It always cheers me up when I hear it.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Thank you.

      Earth, Wind and Fire were such a mainstay in my record library, back in the 70s

  6. herheadache says:

    Hoped I could use this quote of yours to start off my in the news edition of the TToT this week?

  7. Pat B says:

    That is one of the cleanest and neatest desks I have seen! Mine might look neat and clean too, if I were going to take a photo of it. :-)
    Phyllis’s gaze at Una couldn’t be any cuter if it were planned.
    I would have to totally ignore the numbers on the clock, assuming that the placement of the hands reveals the actual time based on where the numbers would normally be.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      worse!! the clock is telling the correct time, the numbers are reversed (flipped?), fortunately the hands move backwards as well, so it’s alright. lol ( this, thanks to our friend zoe... who sent the clock to me as a gift*)

      they do photograph well

      I will, at times, allow paper to accumulate on the top (mostly paper and file folders, as I am not anywhere near totally digital at work), but, for the most part enjoy the illusion of neatness and under controledness