‘Phoned-in Posts’ the Wakefield Doctrine (“…why have a Thursday, if you don’t have any hope for the weekend?”)

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

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Lets finish our little discussion about clarks, scotts and rogers from yesterday.

…and Doug was a roger. The most important quality of the newest crew member was not if he knew what he was doing (he did not), it didn’t matter if he had ever been offshore (he had not), it did not even concern Doug if the new guy would freeze up when things got semi-extreme (weather and seas, and such) …nope! None of that was a first order factor. What mattered was that he met this guy in the context of his dominant ‘Right Way to Live’, i.e. his religion. In other words, our Scott was invited and therefore allowed to put us all at risk simply because he was part of (Doug’s) Herd.

A Doctrine Note: rogers are those who live in the world of the Herd Member. This world is one that is quantifiable, and has ‘Right Ways’ (the implied ‘Wrong Ways’ are not necessary to specify, simply because they are an inherent characteristic of anyone not of the Herd… not so much an immediate disqualification, not even as a test for a candidate for membership in the Herd, more an a priori quality of the people a roger may encounter in the course of everyday life.  As a result, this means that rogers relate themselves to the world around them through emotion ( clarks think, scotts act and rogers feel), and emotion, being essentially non-rational* is shared among others of the same worldview.  As long as Doug perceived Scott as a member of the Herd, he was willing to overlook his glaring deficiencies.  ’Herd’, in the context of the Doctrine need not be a literal herd, nor does it need to be a reality-contiguous assemblage of people. Lets say you’re in Namibia, (as Friend of the Doctrine Jennifer Steck expects to be soon be), and she walks off the plane and is feeling like the quintessential Outsider… she can either identify with the members of the group she is traveling with, or …or!  she can look at her clothes** and feel that she is a part of the Herd (of those who understand) the Wakefield Doctrine.  Jennifer can then walk confidently among the throngs, searching for the clarks and the scotts and the rogers of the Dark Continent! (Damn!  what an opportunity for a historic meeting!!***    ”Miz Chisnal, I presume!”


Friends of Privileges Fight the Alphabetic Fight

Lizzi  very damn interesting piece about the nature of this made up universe we are all agreeing actually exists  go there and read all about it!! O

Jen-ay  the Fictionary…!  wait!  wait that’s yesterday’s  here is today, which makes much more sense!  (lol)

Dyanne  (who reports that she has been stuck in the tech-mud of the internet, at least in regards to her Comments at our little Challenge feature. At her behest, we rummaged through the spam folder and there she was… truth be told, the spammers begged me to ‘Approve’ her Comments as she was quite stern with all of them about wasting everyone’s time and was about to tell them all the Tale of the Littlest Blogger (and how, at the end, she sleweth all the rude spammers and lived happily everafter, the end)… today she helps us understand and appreciate the flatware of the Future!

and…. zoe!  she tells us the Answer.  Plain or Gravy-producing Cereal??


* while it is tempting, we are not saying irrational…  simply non-rational as in, not subject to or constrained by the requirements of logic and explainability-ness

** the plan, so far entails a clandestine meeting between Jennifer and our Gal in London, at Heathrow, and a docTee drop! (yes! exactly!! I would, but do not need to make this up!!)

*** my geography may be a bit sketchy, but I know that Friend of the Doctrine, Melanie hails from South Africa and Jennifer is headed to Namibia, which is in Africa… how hard can it be?  (“…You’re from South Africa?  omg!!!  My sister lives in Windhoek!! Do you know….”)


write a Post around a photo?!? the Wakefield Doctrine (yeah and that’s the most normal thing about this Post)

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

("...hail mary, full of grace...)

(“…hail mary, full of grace…)

I have a photo. I have a Feature*. Now I need a Post.  Lets break this down to make it more manageable, define our Problem: write 734 words on a topic of interest and do so in a manner that will engage, entertain, educate and elicit (a response) from you, the Reader.

you want an example of a scott in a single phrase?!  ’hey, Doug I don’t what I’m doing but I’m willing to give it a try’  (this is a true and actual event: I was on a trip offshore and though the boat was fairly large  there were only three of us on board, Doug (the captain, myself and this guy… lets call him Scott.**  In any event, Scott had never fished before but had met Doug at the Kingdom Hall that Doug attended. So the weather got bad and one night around 1 am Doug decided that it was time to ‘put the birds in the water’.  ( Note: on larger modern fishing boats there are (often) two large outriggers, which are moveable booms that are hinged to allow them to be lowered to either side… (wait a minute… here’s a photo)

see those triangular shape things hanging from the end of the outriggers?  birds

see those triangular shape things hanging from the end of the outriggers? birds

where the hell was I?  … so, we’re bouncing up and down with waves washing over the deck and Doug yelled to Scott to ‘man the winch’ and his response was, ‘ok, I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’ll give it try’

Now, our scottian friends will be maintaining (loudly to themselves or (at) random passerbys) “HEY!! what the hell is wrong with that!?!?  At least he’s not thinking or dreaming!! He’s ready to do something!”  (And, our scottian friends are not incorrect). But the point (if there is one) is to demonstrate through contrast the three worldviews.  clarks live in the world of the Outsider and our initial behavioral  paradigm is to think. this seen in that fact that most clarks will identify with being rational (even though we often don’t make sense), most of us will have a store of knowledge (even though practicality is totally irrelevant to our acquisition of information) that is constantly replenished because our curiosity is insatiable ( knowing things is to clarks as sex is to scotts).  A scott, living in the reality of the Predator, acts  because in their world if you don’t act, you will be acted upon. scotts are impulsive and energetic (and most people view that as a positive quality because most people are not overly big on keeping track of causes and effects),  action/living/moving/ is the ’personality type’ of the person who relates themselves to the world around them, when that world is the reality of the Predator.

(we need to take a short break to earn some money…will be back)


Friends and alphabets:

Lizzi:  damn!   read dis thing

zoe  hey zoe… I am not finished writing this Post (yeah, put that in your metaphysical pipe and smoke it!) but I will try to answer your Commentquestion or, if not remind me and I will do my best) z says:

Jean  (god! I’m really getting scairt about the letters ‘S’ and ‘V’  for today a little warmup on the Letta N

* the Feature is the blockquote section above….Friends of the Doctrine do the Alphabet (sounds like a 70′s adult film title, but that’s what it is)

** not his real name, but definitely his predominant worldview, I can’t remember his name, which is odd, seeing how he was a scott.


Un-Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday the Wakefield Doctrine

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


This is the last of the Tuesdays in which Tapes will be Mixed and (shared).

Although I was unable to participate here, around the start of this year,  Jen Kehl’s  ’Twisted MixTape Tuesday’ has been a favorite of mine, from the very first (Tuesday).  A group of bloggers (ranging from professionally accomplished to the odd and funny), the central focus being: different music and themes (of music) and genre (of music) and era and decade (of music), Tuesdays were always kinda special. And not just because I got to ‘play music’ that I loved, (have any of us ever outgrown the… “wait! wait!!  this part…coming right up listen  listen!“), but because of the people who I got to ‘hang out with’. (A bit of a confession, since the start of this bloghop, I have been in awe of the participants, the other bloggers.  Not simply because they  were all so very knowledgeable, but their writing skills were so…so  good (lol) I read the posts to enjoy opinions and insights into music and I read to develop my own blog writing.  Awfully good with the words and such, these people  and I got to participate!)

As often happens when people join in a common passion, a certain sense of belonging developed. The names on the blogs became real people, at least as real as anything is in this admittedly strange place, but real nonetheless. This really is where I am grateful to Jen (and Kristi) for what they created with the TMTT.  The fact of the capacity of music to establish an emotional linkage (between real life events and a song) in the listener is well-established. Jen’s creativity in coming up with themes each week, allowed me to get more personal with my lists of songs, this ‘hop became much, much more than ‘I’ll listen to yours if you listen to mine’.  The music that was neurally-welded into my mind during: a relationship crashing and burning, a happy time, the time of loss of a loved one and all of the myriad and common events of life that shape us into who we are… that was what I felt able to share in the Tuesday Post(s).  And, while I may not know the particulars of the event(s) associated with a particular song that Linda or Lance  or Troy or ‘White Rooms and all the others might be offering on a given Tuesday, I know of their ‘story’. Because that is what blogging really is, people telling other people a story,  about their lives, of their reality.  (Around the Doctrine, we have a saying, an expression, ‘to come to know how a person relates themselves to the world around them‘… the stories that blogs are, is a way to come to know how a person relates themselves to the world around them.) And so, I was privileged to come to know a very diverse group of people. This is the real benefit of participation in Jen Kehl’s Twisted MixTape Tuesday bloghop.

…so now, the photo at the top of this Post should make some sense! People that otherwise might never cross paths spend time together and somehow a relationship is created that encourages us to share a little bit of ourselves with others who know and love music.

Thanks  Jen ( and Kristi)

I have never been that good with the linking songs to themes, so I will assert my right to share the songs that I just plain love.  I always come back to these songs: the first really loud music, the first of the funk, the timeless and the restless, the music posted here today has always moved me. I can’t think of a more personal  goodbye to the TMTT.

…hey!  ya gotta listen to this song!!

Led Zeppelin
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Warren Zevon
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Grand Funk Parliament
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Humble Pie
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(the man with the guitar)
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From Lizzi at Considerings: ( who is tangled up in the alphabet… but has participated and benefitted from this here bloghop here )

It is the magic of this place that, soon after hitting ‘publish’,  I managed to contact Lizzi, (an Ocean and 5 hours away) and she asked me to pass along her feelings about this ‘place’ that Jen put so much of herself into, that we all could be better for the experience

“(Just that)  exploring my feelings and creativity with music via TMTT has been a hugely important, useful and wonderful experience. Telling parts of my life through song in this way has been profoundly revealing and has made a huge difference. It has challenged me and stretched me and put me in touch with parts of my spirit I needed to reach, and I’m hugely and endlessly grateful for having been part of it


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Yes, our friends are still toiling away at the Alphabet of Tears (Challenge)

zoe:  continuing with her most excellent clarklike theme of knowing stuff!

Jean:  ok,  our friend is striking out into the Middle Lands of the Alphabet  with the Letter ‘M’

Lizzi:  today, while meeting the letteristic requirements of ‘the Challenge’  provides another chapter in her Shadows and Stardust book-to-be



simple principles the Wakefield Doctrine (it’s not difficult to learn, it’s fun to use and it can be so very helpful)

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


Lets get the week of A2Z started:

Lizzi:   the Letter is L  the topic is  Letters

zoe:  our Mistress of Information,  Monday is L-Day

Jean:  short, sweet   and always fun   (the hell with Esperanto… this is the vocabulary of the future.)

Saturday, as I was paying for the day’s gasoline, I saw that there was a clark and a roger behind the counter.  (The clark) said, “what philosophical advice do you have for us today?1” I paused briefly then said, ‘there is a personality theory that accounts for everyone in the world in 3 personality types, go online to ‘the Wakefield Doctrine dot com.’ He repeatasked the url2, so I did, ‘www dot Wakefield Doctrine dot com’. And left the store.

the Wakefield Doctrine is a tool in the form of a perspective. It is a way of looking at the behavior of the people in our lives that will allow us an understanding, (of that person), that we would not have otherwise. With the Wakefield Doctrine, you will know more about the other person than they know about themselves and, with the proper use of the Doctrine, you need never again find yourself thinking, “I really thought I knew them better than that, why on earth would they go and say a thing like that?”

the Wakefield Doctrine is a tool in the form of perspective. It is a way of looking at ourselves that will allow us the, (possibility), of seeing our selfs differently than we have learned to believe (we are). With the Wakefield Doctrine we are in the position to understand how ‘we relate ourselves to the world around us’. With the Wakefield Doctrine, if you are willing to suspend a lifetime of certainty, you can recognize that your strengths are your own and your weaknesses are habit, both as simple to change (or enhance) and as nearly as impossible to alter, (having spent a lifetime practicing them.)

the Wakefield Doctrine is a tool that is fun and useful, silly and profound and totally yours to use as you are inclined. The girl that seems to be looking at you in class is less of a ‘oh-man-if-I-only-had-the-nerve’, the boss who, as much as you work and worry and try to do your job like everyone else, always manages to get you off-balance, that mechanic in the garage where you take your car, you know he’s not too bright but somehow you end up leaving the place with the impression that he and the other 2 people working there are laughing at you, the Teacher who you know is very highly qualified, yet she doesn’t seem to be able to not take sides with your child and after all! ‘he-is-your-child-you-are-certainly-the-person-most-qualified-to-know-what-he-is-capable-of’ and the Physician who insists on talking to you like you were a child, it’s your disease, why don’t they see that it is not about statistical averages and bell-shaped curves!

the Wakefield Doctrine is for you, not them.


1) anytime I’ve been in the store and the clark was the only working, I would do a throw-away clark thing, something weird in terms of observation, focused mostly on the un-reliability of reality and such, but the main effect was in my open enjoyment of being weird (in contrast to my public appearance, serious older businessman thing, ya know?). My kick was watching for the look of recognition as the other clark heard thoughts that they tend to keep to themselves (the private thoughts that we all have that we have learned to keep to ourselves, except when around friends). (and even then…)

2) when you repeat what the person said, just adding the interrogative lilt   “…just adding the interrogative lilt?”


TToT the Wakefield Doctrine (of aetuzees, impulse Contests and, of course, the weather!*) (*aka getting to 1st base, sociability-wise speaking)

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


Two groups of people to be grateful for today. The Friends of the Doctrine who are participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge, ’cause we’ve been following their progress each day here at this blog, and Lizzi! (come on! you know any reasonable person will be tempted to count her as more than one.)

I.  People

  1. these here friends mentioned above, for providing a sounding-board and a ‘listening gallery’* as I practice to learn to write, the better for me to be able to tell people about this really cool personality thing
  2. Una, though not, in the strictest sense, a ‘person’, but, if General Mills and Walmart are considered ‘a person’ (in a certain legal sense), then I’ll not hesitate to refer to our chodsky pes as a person
  3. the imaginary friends that inhabit my memory, both real and probably-didn’t-exist, (at-least-not-like-General Mills)

II. Places

  1. where I live, photo on the ‘cover’  is from this writin’ place and provides my mind with, like one those pastel-swirly cloth backdrop things that photographers use?
  2. the Ocean,  for the obvious reasons (not the least of which is: providing me with an occupation, (at one time in my life), that produced some adventures that resulted in blog stories (at another time in my life)
  3. the inside of my head.

III. Things

  1. oddness
  2. certain things that are beyond question (much like the character of the worldview of rogers and scotts… for the former, it is that the world is a quantifiable place and that if everyone would work hard and understand that there is a Right Way to live and do things and relax and create traditions, then everything will be alright and, the latter, where life is to be lived….now!  not in the past and certainly not imagined in some future time….there is too much to do to waste time thinking and imagining or resenting and carrying grudges… hurry!
  3. the Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules), the Contest of FRIST Comment, Christine’s insanely fun, stream-of-experience, ‘you-are-there’ vacation photography, the Seven GuardVirgins, (one of whom I’m pretty sure is beginning to show signs of weakening), Lizzi and Michelle presents, Friday Night vidchats! and the up-coming Turn Off Facebook for One Day….Day   04.14.14  join us (we won’t know until afterwards, of course, unless we meet at another social environment)

IV. the Wakefield Doctrine

  1. well, duh!  sine qua non, binyon!

Ok… quick re-cap of A-who-me?-to-Z

Lizzi:  nothing less than some kind of poetry…. and yet, how good is she?  I read and believe I get it!  damn!

zoe:   very cool Post today… like one of those surprises in the box of cereal  (from one of the more premium brands not one with those little plastic toys that are supposed to be put together without glue and never match up and are totally way smaller than the photo illustration on the upper left front corner of the box that was the reason you cajoled your mother into buying and if only she wouldn’t stand around and watch you with your much sought after toy, which you (now) realize really sucks and you’re embarrassed but you got to pretend or she might laugh, or worse, be disappointed in your disappointment  (is this thing on??!)  here read this

Jen-ay:   you want to know why/how much fun  scotts are??  go here and read all her a-z Posts

Dyanne:  (note…. our friend, the Missouri Miss, tends to run a little behind, postistically-speaking, here she is with a Post on Jesse James (the dead one, not the one who got to sleep with Sandra Bullock**)

(I’ll be back later in the day, this being a work day and such)

* probably not a ‘real’ word, but should be

** yeah, couldn’t help the visuals from ‘Speed’

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