TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- “…quite the week of words and thoughts, worlds and emotion”

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

‘Currier, Ives and …Puppy’

(Landscape orientation)
Phyllis’s treehouse on a snowy Saturday afternoon.
The trees are a frustrated child’s attempts to draw a straight line, up and down. The Number 1 soft-graphite pencil a not-so-un-witting accomplice in the filling of the page with dark lines. The snow on the ground matches the cloud-painted sky. We choose to see it as the sky, as it appears opposite the colorless ground.
We identify the ground because it supports the one element of color, the treehouse and it’s banner flag appended to the side at an angle.
The flag is a rectangle on end with it’s right edge sliced by gravity on the diagonal. We do see a Labrador-looking puppy in the center of this flag, poised, it might seem to those of us with less mental discipline, to jump to ground and play in the snow.

 

1) Climate-appropriate change in weather. Makes for interesting photos.

2) Phyllis and Una. Both are the ‘qua’ in my ‘sine qua non’ (being my all time favorite latin phrase)

3) the remarkable depth of writing over to Kristi Campbell’s ‘hop FTSF

4) the opportunity to wrestle with the everyday bindings of routine and, at times, gain enough slack in the life-colored ropes to practice writing, such as this week over to zoe’s Six Sentence Story

5) the Wakefield Doctrine (which, to get all allegorical (or metaphorical or whatever the cool sounding term is), was the bus ticket found at the side of the road one day that has totally taken me to a place I would not have gone.

6) The Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules) the freedom to write whatever is enjoyable (with the stipulation that: “[w]hen shooting off on a tangent, the basis and a priori justification need be cited or otherwise referenced. Exceptions allowed to the (Rule), if and, conditional on the acquiescence of putative Readers, the writer clearly states, “well,  ….because! that’s why!”)

7) Video

8) hey! New(er) Readers and/or TToT participants!! Did you know there’s a (valid) concept referred to as ‘hypo-gratitude’ (or commonly, ‘hypo-grat’)  ex.  “Hey, it snowed yesterday! That’s a total hypo-grat on my TToT!” (note: as Josie Two Shoes (our hostinae) will remind us, there are no rules. There are, however, shared expectations. And first among these shared expectations is ‘good intent’. So (an) Item of Hypo-gratitudeness should contain an element of humor (whimsy is allowable as substitute)

9) photo (to follow)

10) SR 1.3

 

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somewhat way back in time… (yes, as a matter of fact, I did wear bell-bottom pants but did not wear a fringe jacket)

 

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FTSF -the Wakefield Doctrine-

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

Today we head over to the most excellent of bloghops, Finish the Sentence Friday. Hosted by Friend of the Doctrine, Kristi and (for this Week) Hillary Savoie.

“Can you say, ‘ello there Miz Kristi, Ms. Savoie? Sure you can.

The way this bloghop works: participants are invited to complete the sentence, the fragment of which is provided. Each week a different sentence fragment. When (participants) complete the sentence, in the manner of their choice to whatever length they deem proper, they add them to the list of posts to be found at Kristi and Hillary’s blogs. That way all are available for reading, hence the term, bloghop.*

I will join the others and invite you all to join in this week’s ‘hop. It’s fun and it’s interesting and, if you’re into the stream of consciousness school of post writing as am I, you might be surprised at the post that sits on your screen and dares you to hit ‘Publish’.

The Sentence to be completed:

“When it comes to belonging…”

“…the concept tempts me to believe that I know how might a blind man or woman feel, surrounded by well-intentioned people earnestly describing Niagara Falls and with each new narration of the experience, I smile in their direction and nod at the descriptions and metaphors, analogy and examples.”

The above is my immediate ‘Finish’ Arguably that makes it the most honest completion of this week’s sentence. I do, however, have a second, perhaps more… fun Sentence completion. But first a little backstory and, hopefully sufficient context to make my post more…fun?

The above complete sentence is what I think about ‘belonging’. My perception of myself, (hey, all the rest of what follows is an elaboration of what those four words imply. Not so much that the words themselves explain anything as it the way I describe the process underlying my response), is that of an Outsider. For me, the world is ‘out there’ and I am here. (One of the ways to spot an Outsider, aka a clark in the Wakefield Doctrine system) is to say, ‘Every day I wake up and try to figure out what I’m going to have to do with the world out there.’ It’s been my experience that a lot of people do not make that distinction between themselves and reality. They tend to be the people who belong.

Now the follow-up Finish (of the Sentence):

“…the closest I come to belonging is when this topic comes up and I sense others, who hesitate and look around the group, quietly, un-noticeably before responding. At such times I believe I can see the rainbow in the mist at the edge of Niagara Falls, if only for a second.”

 

 

 

* sorta… I suspect the etymology is far more involved (and interesting) than my suggestion, seeing how no one actually ‘hops’, not that that’s possible, being a medium that does not permit direct physical interaction. ‘though, that being said, there is nothin in the rules that forbids participants from hopping, at least that I’m aware.

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Six Sentence Story -the Wakefield Doctrine-

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Today is Thursday* which means it’s time to contribute a story to zoe’s bloghop, the Six Sentence Story. As the title (along with the ancillary information that it is a ‘bloghop’) both names, explains and describes the event, I’ll proceed to the wordage.

(Disclaimer: this week’s Six is an excerpt from the WIP** ‘The Case of the Missing Starr’ The story has manifested in the SSS ‘hop on previous occasions.)

STICK

“Send him in…” despite being squeezed through decidedly non-fidelity speakers of the intercom, the voice managed to sound impatient.

The admin rolled her eyes as she got up to open the door, making me feel eighteen and optimistic; I hoped for an encouraging smile, but settled for the fact that she remained in the doorway, forcing me to turn slightly to get past her.

Dr. Leanne Thunberg, Chair of the Department of Advanced Anthropology and Cultural Semiotics, couldn’t have been more than five foot two, had a very good figure and almost black hair worn very short; the combination made her already captivating eyes nearly lethal; sort of a Noomi Rapace thing going on, only sexy-petite rather than scary-petite.

“Yes?”

I held out my card and PI license and tried to look deferential, failing that I went for impressed; the office had the almost-incidental clutter of the naturally academic and was large enough to have a leather sofa and two armchairs, on the back of one was what appeared to be an English style riding saddle.

“Do you ride?” the voice, suddenly behind and very close to my side, matched the eyes, not the hair; I smiled and reminded myself to stick to business, which, at least for the moment, was finding Starr Tudor.

 

*  in the interest of full disclosure and chrono-explicit indemnification, I’m using Wednesday thoughts for a Thursday post. That’s all I feel compelled to say.

** WIP: Work In Progress

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Tuesday -the Wakefield Doctrine-‘the Everything Rule’

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

The ‘Everything Rule’ states that, ‘everyone does everything, at one time or another’.

While it might be tempting to think, “oh ho! Your rule there allows for exceptions to your three personality types schema. And, unless the Herd disagrees, your Rule supports my contention that I am not a clark or a scott or a roger, I am something that is all three. So much for your ‘live in one characteristic reality’.”

The Wakefield Doctrine maintains that despite living in only one of the three worldviews, we retain the potential of all three personality types. The value in the Doctrine in the arena of self-improvement rests quite solidly on this premise. The reason being, a lifetime of practice notwithstanding, we all have the necessary ‘range of response’ (to the world and the people around us) that is at the foundation of the three personality types.

The thing is, when we talk about personality types here, what we really are referring to is our (individual) efforts to develop strategies and skills to successfully navigate the world (physical and social) we find ourselves waking up to every morning.

Damn! too many words. Too roundabout and vague. Better access my scottian aspect.

We all need to interact with the world and the people around us. At a very early age we discover (and develop) ways of behaving that secure us what we desire and learn (and refine) strategies that help us avoid what we do not. As we mature, our world expands, our knowledge and abilities grow and our behavior and interpersonal strategies become more sophisticated. Up to a point. Most of the time.

Bottom line is that for the Wakefield Doctrine, ‘personality type’ is not a list or schedule of traits, impulses, desires and guesses on a long survey with multiple choice answers. It is the style of interaction what works for us in the world, as we experience it. The nature and character of the personal reality in which we grow and mature, drives the development and our ‘personality types’ are merely mirrors of the conditions of that reality.

If we grow up in the personal reality of the Predator, then we damn well better be quick to respond and slow to reflect. If we find ourselves in the world of the Outsider then we surely will learn to keep a low profile and learn as much as possible as fast as possible, the better to understand how to act like the real people that surround us.

Pretty simply, isn’t it?

So, back to the ‘Everything Rule’. It’s not that there are scottian jobs or rogerian interests or movies that only a clark would watch. Actually there are…all three. But although some (of ‘the Everything’) is more in sync, harmony, complimentary (and complementary) to individuals of each of the three types, the fact is, everyone does everything. The very useful and productive use of the ‘Everything Rule’ is as a reminder to take advantage of the perspective that the Doctrine makes available.

We use the term ‘manifest’, i.e. how does that job manifest to that person. This is nothing less than trying to see the world as the other person is experiencing it. Huge ambition. Incredible rewards.

It’s not, ‘seeing through the eyes of another‘, that’s too prone to seeing what we’re experiencing. What this exercise entails is to imagine what being a…. cook in a restaurant is in the world of the Herd Member, or working as a physician when you’re a Predator or being on stage in front of the entire school when you grew up an Outsider. Put yourself in their world and you will have a sense of how things manifest for that person.

Sure, most cops are scotts. Well, duh, the job description: put shiny metal objects on your body, have the right to drive as fast as possible while making a lot of noise, chase people with impunity and when you catch them put them in restraints…oh yeah, shoot off a gun …whenever.

Sound like any personality type you know? However, there are rogers and clarks who end up in uniform, one of the boys (or girls) in blue. Of course, their worlds, their personal realities cast the fun parts of the job in entirely different light. As a result, the rogerian police officer ends up being an administrator and Chief or Sergeant and the clark tries for Detective and ends up teaching Law Enforcement in the local Community College.

You get the idea.

If you have any questions about the ‘Everything Rule’ be sure to write a Comment.

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TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- (Ten Grats ala ‘wordless’ noir)

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

“The Sun’s trail from the earth to the sky.”
(Landscape format)
The bottom third of the scene is the beach. The middle third is the sea. The top third is sky. And above all these thirds, out of view but nevertheless dominant, is the sun. This is a photo taken standing on a small sand dune, looking out to the ocean. Technically, it’s looking out over Block Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. To the right middle of the horizon is Long Island.

Well, you have Friend of the Doctrine, Pat B to blame for this week’s…pastiche (aka Doctrine writing-style train wreck lol). Granted, I was on the fence as to the approach to this week’s TToT. (New Readers/Participants? Each week Josie Two Shoes organizes and opens the door to the TToT bloghop. As the name implies, the theme is gratitude and the ambition is ten (items that serve as illustrations or examples of what ignites a feeling of gratitude). What Josie provides is that sense that it’s all about the good intent and not the rules or standards or format of presentation.

Good thing, too. As I was saying in my lead-in. I had a couple of ideas for this week, but they were starting to feel like they might be pushing the bounds. Then I got a Comment from Pat on this week’s Six Sentence Story that spoke to the idea that many of us use these bloghops as opportunities to practice our writing and try things out, writistically-speaking, “...If it were not for those in this blogging world who are so accepting of those who try.” And, of all the ‘hops I participate in, the TToT is the most refrigerator-magnet conducive to those of us who get a kick out of writing for the fun of it.

Hey! That not only should be Number one this week, but it’s totally a prompt for a photo!

1) refrigerators as: galeries d’art amateur et de littérature

Refrigerator Art.
(Landscape format)
A black refrigerator. The view is of the top quarter which is pretty much the freezer door. The angle of the photo is such that we see the right side of the refrigerator as well.
The black metal finish is reflective, and since we are looking at it from the right, the reflection is of the opposite wall to the left. Stuck to the front are two note pads (held in place by magnets). On the right side we see enough detail to realize that the collection on that wall is made up of photos.
A light-brown oak cabinet door is to the upper left of the photo.

 

Well, one of the things I thought I’d try this week was to write some Grat Items in the style of the pulp detective stories (a writing style I really want to learn).

2) Una. “The file said, ‘Chodský pes’ and if I’ve learned one thing from my years as a gumshoe, its that slashes over letters usually spell trouble. My client and I stood at the window as the black SUV ate it’s headlights off the gravel driveway and parked in front the house. We thought we could hear barking.

3) Phyllis “There’s a saying, ‘a person who needs people is luckiest person in the world’, well, in my line of work, those are clients. Lucky is not usually how they feel when they pay my fee. This one was different. The people in her life were the lucky one. I still cashed her check.”

4) Work The photo at the top of this week’s post is from yesterday. I have clients looking for something on the water and so… the pain of being a real estate broker. lol.

5) Treehouse: Although a legitimate ‘standalone’ grat, the treehouse serves as an example of Phyllis’s (Item 3) capacity for wonder and (her) immunity to the forces that insist we all grow up and leave the childhood world behind.

6) Houseguests

A football with feathers.
(Landscape format)
A turkey stands in the lower left quarter of the photo. It is facing left. It’s like, totally an Egyptian turkey, ’cause there seems to be no dimensionality to it. Both legs, (we’re guessing they’re legs, because they’re on the bottom and don’t appear to have feathers).
The main body is totally football-shaped. The color is shiny grey and black. And there are variations and gradations in the color that, given that we know what it is, we’re inclined to identify as the wings and tail feathers. The head is decidedly vulture-looking with a downward-hooked beak and a totally beady eye. The Egyptian motif does not extend to the head. Thank goodness. That would be way creepy.

Not the brightest of birds in the world. That said, we didn’t see a single turkey until yesterday, a full week after Thanksgiving.

7) the Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules) (“I was still on the force, paid by the week to obey someone else’s rules, when an old flatfoot by the name of Shaughnessy gave me advice that I’ve never forgotten. “Kid, it ain’t the procedures that ya gotta worry about. It’s the secret rules. Thems the ones that get made up by the guys that don’t need procedures” I heard he lived all of a week after hanging up the uniform. Too much change can kill a guy.”)

8) the Guest Room/ Guest Grat.  (this space reserved for anyone who might have a Grat Item but not the time to do a full-on TToT. Send it in and you can be a guest of the Wakefield Doctrine this week. (… yeah, you might want to talk to some of the other writers, the less… outré  lol they’ll give ya the scoop)

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

10) Secret Rule 1.3

This way to the Ten Things of Thankful midway

 

 

 

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