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

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‘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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Momentarily Monday the Wakefield Doctrine …(self-limitations and insights)

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DownSpring Lizzi has this thing she does, from time to time, where she writes provocative and engaging story that seems to be about herself, only to inform the Reader, at the very end, that ‘this is fiction’.

Today’s Post is sort of like that…except in reverse (or maybe, converse). The story that follows is real enough, however the ‘point’, or ‘lesson’ or even ‘moral’ of the story may not be immediately apparent.  And,

Yesterday I had a property that had a heating air-conditioning system emergency. An air-handler in the attic malfunctioned and water (condensate from the ac) was leaking through the ceiling into the bedroom below. I tried, without success, to get the plumbing and heating company to answer my calls to make a weekend service call, unfortunately they were nowhere to be found.  Staring at the water dripping off the hardwired smoke detector in the bedroom ceiling I realized that I had to do something. I decided to turn off the power in the house, as  house was on a well,  at least I could prevent any additional water from adding to the problem. The air-handler sat in a metal pan, in order to contain any condensate created when the system was in cooling mode. The pan was overflowing, the source of the water dripping through the bedroom ceiling. My plan was simply to empty the pan. Access to the attic was by a pull-down staircase. I took a plastic drinking cup and a 5 gallon bucket, climbed the stairs, flashlight in hand, and starting bailing out the water. There was a lot of water. At least 5 trips down the stairs, with a full bucket. Now, the thing about pulldown staircases is that they have normal shaped steps from the bottom to about 3/4s of the way up, where they, (the steps), become more like ledges. You can put your full weight on them, you just can’t stand on them the way you normally do with stairs.

The operation took about 45 minutes. It was successful, provided the definition success was, ‘less water available to leak through the ceiling now than there was before I started’. I left the property and returned to my office. Getting out of my car at the office I felt my legs do that ‘tremor’ thing, you know, over-exertion total muscle exhaustion. (Like when you were a kid and someone dared you to do 50 knee bends as fast as you could?).  Mind you this was the first time, (that morning), I felt that way. Each of my trips up and down the attic ladder, flashlight providing the illumination, with 5 gal bucket in one hand, were anything but tremory. In fact, each step I took was very deliberate as I did not underestimate the potential of slipping and falling out of the attic of an empty house.

But as I walked across the parking lot,  I felt like I had run 8 miles. And I laughed (I am, after all, a clark). I laughed because I could see how effectively I limit myself.

Like most Readers, I try to stay healthy. I understand that exercise is a necessary component to a healthy life style and I make periodic efforts, in good faith and with sincere intentions to stay in shape. Nothing unusual there. (And) when I am in exercise mode, I will work hard, striving ‘to feel the burn’, whether it requires 30 minutes on a stationery bike or, of late, my two mile ‘run’, I am trying my best to exercise my muscles. Yet, prior to yesterday, I can’t remember the last time I felt that my legs were made of rubber. Tired out, winded, tight feeling in back of legs, sure, but rubbery? no. Clearly I have been nowhere near the limits of my physical strength/condition/capacity in a long, long time. And I was not aware of it.

That was the insight that made yesterday’s work adventure worthwhile.  What we tell ourselves, about ourselves is, by and large, intended to maintain the status quo. The insidious-ness of this is that not only can I have ‘good intentions’…. (stay healthy-exercise! learn more-study! find romance-take showers!)  but I can ‘take action’… (run 2 miles- boy that was tough! get a B- hey my studying paid off! find true love-I can get used to a person who uses double negatives!).  All without knowing my true capability/capacity/talent really.  Because of the tales we tell ourselves.

 

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FTSF-TWD-(ToCSR) ….yes, it’s also acronym Day!!! (oh, sorry, …it’s AD!)

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

Three Ages Giorgione (Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco)

 

The (non-complete) Sentence Sistas1,234 speak!

 

The hardest part about my day is…”

I’d be more comfortable inferring the difficult part(s) by describing the easy parts. The reason is that, being the Wakefield Doctrine, I feel the need to address how each of the three personality types would respond to this question. (and) the reason I feel that need, is simply that it is a basic tenet of the Doctrine that we all possess the capability to experience the world from the perspective of the three worldviews. (We all live in one of the three worldviews, we are predominately clarks or scotts or rogers. We all retain the capability for the ‘other two’ and some of us have this capability to such an extent that it has an effect on our behavior and perception and actions (you know, our personalities!) we, call these our secondary and tertiary aspects. ex. I am a clark with a significant secondary scottian aspect and a minor rogerian aspect. Pretty simple, isn’t it?)

The (not) hardest part about my day (as a clark is…)

the morning. we like mornings, unless there is some scary thing that has to be done later in the day. we especially enjoy very early mornings…when only the birds and down-shifting trucks on the distant highway can be heard. we like, and therefore the most (not)hard part of the day is before the world/our ‘real’ lives is irrevocably defined…there is hope in the vague light of the dawn hours. we’ll get up way early just for a chance to let our plans out, un-hindered by the realities of the day. we like the morning, it’s the rest of the day that we would like to be different…

The (not) hardest part about my day (as a scott is…)

the night!!!!. we love the night, unless we are being chased by elements of our daytime world. the night and early evening is when everyone else begins to slow down and relax, (like antelope at the little clearing by a river that is otherwise inaccessible, (ya know?).  we spend the daytime actively working hard, finding new ways to get people to do more than they realize they can do, but! (as J. Hendrix sang), ‘when the day melts down into a sleepy red glow, thats when my desires start to show‘  Hey!!  the volume we are heard at may decrease at the end of the daytime hours, but our intensity so does not diminish… come on, lets skip the morning, spend the daytime getting ready and live for the night.  Hey!!

The (not) hardest part about my day (as a roger is…)

why the day (and some of the night). that’s kind of a limiting question, do you think? it’s not that it’s a bad idea! but the way you are framing the question leaves a (little) to be desired, you know? we enjoy each part of the day as what it is. we feel that you are putting un-necessarily arbitrary limits on your own question. during the daytime hours we are busy, a place for everything and idle hands are the devils workshops. the morning really is a time of appreciation for how much good there is in the world, you should try it. the day and late afternoons take care of themselves. the night, they’re fun too, but that’s none of your business. nice list.

Thanks to our friends for giving us a break from the week’s schedule to get out and read all your Posts and such

 

 

 

1) Janine ‘the busy’ who writes at ‘the Mommyholic  and…and! J9Designs

2) Kate ‘the funny one’ who writes the blog that people go to when they need a laugh break  ‘another bottle of Whine’

3) Stephanie… ‘the you-could-accomplish-so-much-if-you-would-slow-down-just-a-little’  her blog is the go to blog for any would be mommy bloggers ‘…For Real’  (yes, you read the superscript correctly, that’s Stephanie for you, always gotta stand out! lol)

4)Dawn  (‘thank god they have you’) other wise your three little friends what have ‘c/o local web police’ as their forwarding emails  who has ‘the Disaster’

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‘Big doins at the Doctrine this Friday!!’ the Wakefield Doctrine (yes, we did use the word ‘doins’ )

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

Lets get right to it…( some interesting stuff to read under the vid)

clarks think, scotts act, rogers feel

clarks are Outsiders, scotts are Predators, rogers are Herd Members

clarks are still reading, scotts stopped (while laughing at the previous entry), rogers are beginning to get resentful

clarks are at home in their heads, scotts are at home on the range, rogers dream of rolling, grassy hills

if you are a clark… you could finish writing this Post  and you will smile in admiration and pride* when reading  Cyndi’s Post (this Friday)
if you are a scott… you hope that someone will remind you to stop in Friday and you will read and decide that you like this Cyndi person
if you are a roger…you knew we would be writing something like this and you will know that, with this guest writer, you will be able to have your ideas appreciated.

Friday…8 am  be there or being perceived as being comprised entirely of 90 degree angles and surfaces…yo

* pride in your people, you feel good that you have evidence (and even proof) that clarks can take the dreams in their heads and stand up next to them in public, like unruly puppies walking in the park…

 

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the Wakefield Doctrine’s Saturday Night Drive, look! did you hear something?

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Saturday Night Drive Re-Cap!  (but first, about that last Road Trip…)

Rules Governing Wakefield Doctrine Road Trips

  • you must be going somewhere for another reason, business conference, pre-set sales calls, a visit to your sick aunt Earlene
  • the target destination must be recognizable to most, if not all Readers
  • (most important Rule) you must return before midnight of the day that you would have gotten back anyway
  • there is no minimum time that must be spent in target destination, however long it takes to get a photo and declare ownership by Right of Hat

This last trip I was in Ft Worth Texas (for a Conference) and went home (southern New England) by way of Key West, Florida.  Itinerary: Dallas->Houston->Tampa->Key West  (rental car) -> Ft Lauderdale-> home by 10:00 pm (2 hours to spare!)

Last Night’s Saturday Night Drive was more fun than most…a nearly full-complement of DownSprings! Only one missing was progenitor roger. (…if there are any Readers out there of the rogerian persuasion, write us a Comment, we want you to Call-in next Saturday!! (Mel…. you know you want to). Just let us know of your begrudging interest and, as clarks, we will try way, way too hard to get you on the air.

Last Night’s Topics for Discussion:

  • Jenny’s Conundrum,
  • tomahawks,
  • Summer in Big-Square-States and
  • input from all on the latest chapter of the someday-this-will-be-a-book manuscript. Specifically: Strategies for Workplace Conflicts  very good input from DS#1 and Molly and Ms AKH and glenn. Ms AKH provided the critical scottian ‘contrast’ to the suggested resolutions of the three Scenaria that we are using as a context in the Book.
  • …oh yeah!  we also did a video  that may or may not follow…stay tuned!

On the topic of Jenny’s Conundrum, Molly started to expand on her Comment (at the Post). Mostly focusing on the value of determining the nature of the questions (if any) being put forth by Jenny’s group of clarks, Molly’s suggestion appears to be along the lines of consider the nature of the question and infer the personality type,  (better just go to yesterday’s Post and read it yourself0.  Molly’s Comment was very ‘on the mark’ in that the initial phase of understanding the personality type of person is always to look for ways to infer how that person is relating to the world at large. Do they seem to see the world as ‘outside, apart from (themselves)’ or do they seem on the alert for threats or signs of weakness (in others) or do they seem assured that everything (or most everything) is as it should be? (a clark or a scott or a roger)

…to be cont’d

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