Finish the Thought Friday -the Wakefield Doctrine-

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

Today is Saturday and so we’ll hasten to complete a Finish the Sentence Friday post and then write us one of them TToT posts.

Last week, as you will recall, we combined our participation in the two bloghops into one long, and somewhat perplexing (to some of the newer Readers), post. The thing is, Kristi and Kenya and them, have altered the format and so, each Friday the ‘theme’ is different. Which should be an interesting change. Unlike winter. Sorry, getting ahead of myself. (Ayiiee, when you consider the theme of this week’s FTSF, and that last sentence, surely you recoil in empathic horror or lean-forward in identification with the conundrum I almost put myself into… have I lost the thread?  Good! Back to the intro).

This week the theme is Stream of Consciousness (in general) and our feelings towards Winter(specifically?) Here, let me let Kristi tell you, I have to go find a timer…

In the new format, which I host with Kenya from Sporadically Yours, each week is a little bit different. Week three of each month (this week), is a stream-of-consciousness post where you write for five minutes (or more) and just post. That’s it.

And yeah, yeah, yeah… I ended up adding some photos because I couldn’t NOT add them, but we promise, you’re free to edit as you’d like but editing is unnecessary.

Finish the Sentence Friday is a link-up where writers and bloggers come together to share their themselves with a particular prompt (different formats each week of the month). If you’d like to participate, join our Facebook group. Link up your prompts below! Please no “link dumping.” If you include a link, comment on other posts.

OK, I got the timer… not ready?  no problem I’ll wait…. (Why no! I don’t think that ‘preparing to engage in a stream-of-consciousness activity’ is contradictory. Have you talked to a clark recently? lol  Old joke: Q: “How can you tell when a clark is engaged in stream of consciousness? A: “His/her lips move.”)

Some of you might be thinking, ‘Did they just imply that they need to prepare for writing a Stream-of-Conscious post? Isn’t that kinda self-defeating?

Yes and No* lol

So I have my timer ready and, in case this ends up too jabberwockerish, I’ve put a photo at the top of the Post that says it all.


There is nothing I enjoy about Winter. The photo above illustrates its nature better than I can describe it: cold, life arresting and yet taunting in what it is that it (Winter) holds in its inhospitable grasp.

alright!  What 4 minutes left? damn!

hey! wait… this just in. Una enjoys the snow! And, now that I think of it, so did Bella and Ola. So it is not that the season itself is bad, it’s simply that I am not inclined to embrace its character and nature. I had a video up last weekend that shows how much fun Una had with the snow. (link here).

Boy, my five minutes have about lapsed. I got a feeling that I do not want to reflect on the implication of that! lol

So this week, my Finish my Thought Friday is: ‘…because Una enjoys the snow.

But now that I think of it, she enjoys all four of the seasons. That’s why she’s my role model. Una, as do her kind, has a natural appreciation for ‘what is’ as opposed to ‘what it should be/might be/supposed to be’. That’s not a bad reminder to me today when it’s too damn cold outside to remember that I’m able to go there and prove how right I am about that assertion and what a total gift that is. And, since it’s never too late to engage the present, I will stop with the stream of conscious writing and try to have a stream of present day.

Don’t forget to stop by the others (to my figurative right, left and above)… there you’ll find insight and reflection that will surely carry through your weekend.


*hey! one of the earliest tests for determining if a person is a clark is found in the simple question: “How much is Two plus Two?” a roger answers “Four” without the slightest hesitation because, well, that’s the correct answer. a scott might say “Four” or he/she might reply, “Who wants to know?” a clark? we’re inclined to answer, “uh, under what circumstances?”


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. Sageleaf says:

    It’s a Saturday Friday post. LOL. I, too, appreciate the “what is” mentality of our canine (and even feline) friends. Though the felines do have more attitude about it. lol. But presently my mind is like, “whoa, there are 3 species of animals living under our roof, not to mention other living beings in the plant kingdom, themselves being different species of plants” < — the things my mind does in stream-of-consciousness.
    When I saw your math problem, 2+2, my immediate thought was, "it couldn't be 4 because this has to be a trick question." LOL.
    As for the snow, I love it WHEN I can strap on two sheets of metal to my feet, use a chair to motorize me to the top of a mountain and I can slide down. The school went on a ski trip yesterday and though it was a chilly 24 degrees out, for once I didn't feel it because of my love of the sport. I'll be going again on Monday. :D

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      Buenos hello! It’s not that I don’t enjoy the episodic encounters with frozen waters, just that, all things being equal, the next time I expect to feel warm is sometime in June. lol

  2. Just let the record reflect I am with you on winter and truly not a fan. I don’t like the cold or snow in all honesty. But that said, I I do respect those like Una, my kids and even my husband who do. See my husband and kids love the snow. So for that aspect, they embrace the winter for that. However, I still am a summer girl through and through just agree to disagree ;)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      As I mentioned to Cynthia, next June is when I expect to next feel comfortable, temperature-istically speaking.

  3. Mardra says:

    I’m with you, stream of consciousness writing isn’t hard – it’s five minutes that’s hard. Right?!?! And how much intro or outro and explanation around the five mintutes, too.
    BUT, the advantage is the discovery in a free-write and yours, I see is: because…Una. Una and her kind and all you learn from her, and winter, afterall. Lovely.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      This writing thing is funny, as a clark I tend to be private and (want to believe) that I can maintain a degree of control of how much of me is known… yet in the context/premise of writing I seem to sneak by that restriction.

  4. “Old joke: Q: “How can you tell when a clark is engaged in stream of consciousness? A: “His/her lips move.”)”

    Good one! Made me laugh and smile at the same time.

    I like that, “stream of present day”. Good thing you have Una to remind you that all you have is right there in front of you!

    Enjoyable post.

  5. HA to the Clark joke! :D I hope it warms up for you and that you’re able to continue to appreciate(ish) the winter through Una’s joy of it. She’s my role model too. So happy you linked up! You rrrrrock!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      the FTSF has always been my favorite bloghop. (Y Chrome clark for: ‘I’m so grateful to be accepted and welcomed by you and them at the FTSF’.)

  6. zoe says:

    Q. How can you tell when a clark is trying to make a comeback?
    A. I dunno. Go ask a roger…they never left.

    Hey its nice to be here reading… I missed your jabberwocking ways!

  7. Love the video of Una in the snow. I think I almost felt like that on the first day because we so rarely get anything like that. I was actually disappointed that my son dashed out without me. I ended up going out alone which was a very nice solitary walk. I think you did a great job with the SOC. Love your intro and all it’s jabberwockerish-ness. I had to scroll back up to copy and paste that.

  8. reallygina1 says:

    Stream of present day! Love that.

  9. I used a timer too. I had to do it right! I had to pause when my brain was paused by my kids.
    There’s nothing I enjoy about winter, except that my kids love it. My dog does NOT, unlike wonderful Una..
    My mom always says it’s her favorite season and I get really negative and say, “What do you like best? The chronic dry skin or the dangerous roads?”
    I often hold my breath until it’s over..

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      You know, the funny thing about Una is that she doesn’t like water. Which with Bella and Ola (previous to Una, respectively) was most opposite. But then they both were German Shepherds and did not have the kind of long hair that Una has. But she is not a fan of the hose (in summer) though she will play in the pool (small kiddie pool, of course). funny how different.
      Having the post SOC-sanctioned was fun.

  10. Dana says:

    Aww – Una is beautiful! My pup is not a fan of the snow – too cold for her taste, and I have to say I agree. I prefer to watch it from inside the house.

    Oh, and two plus two most definitely equals four. Roger that.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lol well put!*

      * I trust I am making the appropriate edit to your comment. Typos are part of virtual life, unfortunately editing comments after posting isn’t so available. If I may (changing ‘more’ to ‘most’ in the last line.

  11. Pat B says:

    I considered setting a timer too. Instead I put a small clock on the counter in front of me as I was writing, but gave that idea up when had only a couple of sentences and three minutes had already elapsed. So no, I didn’t write my little short post in exactly five minutes, but I’m glad there was a lot of grace in our approaches to responding to this writing challenge.
    BTW, watching some dogs run and play in the snow, is like watching an underground snow plow as they burrow their way through the deep drifts. I guess with the deep undercoats some dogs have, they are well fit to handle that cold wet stuff and give the rest of us some laughter.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      and, I got a feeling that what they’re doing (or maybe just Una) is ‘see’ if anything is hiding under the snow. The scent! What’s interesting is watching Una when there’s been something in the back yard just before she goes out…you can see her notice and then, seemingly depending on what she thinks the scent is, will either ‘bound’ out into the yard barking or race, head low to the ground (barking). I suspect the bounding thing is to allow a distant view of what it is out there.