Of Time and Seasons and about Seasons of Time

May 7, 2016

This time of the year the Sun is going at its fastest northwards before it slows down for the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.  In human time it lingers there for up to seven days, not moving at all before restarting the engines round about 21st June for the run South.  It has never changed.

As long as Man knows it has been like that.  We have learned that it is entirely and positively reliable, made so by the Hand of the Grand Designer of the Universe and maintained by Him.

This year, and this day of May 7th, the latter so determined by knowledge that Humankind has acquired through processes of learning and study has been no exception.

The seasons have brought about some changes as modified by Nature and to some extent by what Mankind has done [or not done] but like Time, the Seasons are set.  Man and animal living, loving or whatever we do, have coped as well as we could with drought in the Southern while our compatriots in the Northern parts have had to cope with storms, floods and severe cold.  All this has happened before and will happen again.

Nobody I have read has as far as I know ever offered an explanation for the apparent difference of the movement of the sun, or I should say the “speed of the cycle” in human time measurements, but it is there.  It clocks up to 4 minutes a day near top speed and the two lengthy sojourns at the “turnaround” North and South are not enough to disturb the common logic that it is all pre-determined by a Mighty Hand.

These things and what follows herein are my own philosophies and I don’t expect any hunters for my signature to stand in line at the front door, but I am awed by those who can write and discuss God and Faith in great words, books and even in Blogging.  I don’t have that gift.

However, I admit that my thinking has been influenced by a few people better known than I am.

The first one, John Steinbeck, is my favorite and in my thinking the greatest writer of all times except for the writer[s] of the Scriptures in all the major Faiths.  I managed to collect all Steinbeck’s works during his lifetime [1902 to 1968] except his very first book, ‘The Wayward Bus’ that I found by chance in a second hand bookshop at a few shillings not long after his departure.  I think he self-published it; it was only a short work but the genius of the future Nobel was already visible.

Steinbeck as far as I know never disclosed his own religion; he certainly did not make any noise or created any fuss about it, but his understanding of God and mankind comes through as no other one ever managed.  There is no other as deep as Steinbeck’s ‘To a God Unknown’ about man and God, or equal in my experience.  In ‘The Winter of our Discontent’ [1961] he paints a vivid picture of Man in agony with his conscience.  He gets very close to craft the painting of Ethan Hawley into exquisite art.  The end of the work is a masterpiece of pure art.

In ‘East of Eden’ Steinbeck becomes alive as a Man; part of his history, his family and his deep faith in family life all mingle with the joy and tragedy of those who lived and died, those who died but never lived and the few who will for ever live.

Then there is ‘Travels with Charley’ and what can anyone say on that?

I will get to that masterpiece, the best ever travelogue by anyone, and to the other writers who inspired me.  Let us now look at the Seasons of Time.

This time of the year, more or less almost spot on the 7th of May and again about 7th of November the Seasons of Nature change in both Southern and Northern Hemispheres.  It has been like that for ever and will endure forever.

Nature is our only guide to what has been and what will be.

I do not believe the Prophets of Doom or the gullible predictions of how great Mankind can make the World.  Nature is [and was] part of the creation, and I live very close to it every day of my life.

I don’t mind the speculations of Darwin and his ilk; actually it is great reading and great opportunities for conversation but it is no science.

Science as developed by fragile Mankind is based on theory and the limits of understanding what is far beyond our capabilities, and even further beyond our need to know more than that.

All the great Faiths and Religions are in perfect harmony on Nature and Creation, and I accept that evolution was and still is part of the Creation and that they are perfect similarities; that some humans would claim that they are incongruent is and remains a mystery to me.

The Seasons of Nature tell me that they are part of the Greatness of God, our Creator and the Great Hand that guides our future.

I therefore on this day want to state where I stand and will take you through another favorite writer, though I did not agree with him on everything in life of his later years I respect him for ‘The Source’ and his name is: James Michener.

‘The Source’ was first published in 1965; it does not say what I am about to say but that is what I took from it way back, sometimes forgot about, but now wish to state as my motto.

I believe in God the Almighty Creator and our Destiny AND I believe that:


And I don’t know or understand what the fuss is all about.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon


It just wasn’t the right Time, Little Marco

March 16, 2016

I am in a series of Posts on Time and thought hard and long whether I may not spoil it by this Post but it had to be said; this is not always the case with Time but I realized that there are times when you have to stick your neck out regardless of the consequences.

Americans of today generally fail the Test of Time because they live in a World of make believe of some past glory that comes from somewhere in the past that they have adopted as their own without even understanding the basics of Time.

Little Marco, oh let me call you Young Marco, you messed around in an adult World.  To come today, from a youngster like you and only a first generation American to boot, to get hammered for your presumptuousness you might have been forgiven, but then to state that “America is a special place; where you come from does not determine where you are going,” heck, young man that is your problem.  Step back Marco, let the people who have been there for twelve generations, proved themselves and paid their dues, yes, let them say that.

Marco, in Russia and China you would not have had a single chance.  Ok, now I can hear you say that you don’t like them.  You also did not like your Fatherland, Marco.

In Africa you would have been fish bait within one hour after announcing your intentions.  Now don’t come telling me that you don’t like Africa either; it’s an old Continent.  The leaders appointed by their forefathers are governing; the rest do as they are told.  It works, I tell you it does.

OK, the colonials introduced a Western form of Government, telling the people they need a Democracy and things almost got out of hand, but the leading families re-introduced the old systems and advised the people that they would  call it Democracy to keep the money flowing from America and to eat MacDonald hot fries.

Bide your time, Marco.  You’ve screwed up and may not get a second chance for a long time.  Pay your dues now and just don’t force things.  Face it Marco, you only got as far as you did, and were allowed to do so by the Party to take the Don out.  You failed, Marco and the DOP [that may be new to you; it’s now spelt with a D for Dead Old Party] will remember; it’s not a Party for brash youngsters in any event.  They only used you as much as they are using Cruz now.

But that’s his problem.  Don’t you go and tarnish your name now by throwing your lot in with Cruz.

Cheerio, sonny-boy; better luck next time.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon



March 12, 2016

This matter has been with me for quite a while; an on the spur of the moment I had to decide whether I should say quite a while in the place of quite some time, and made the change.

Time is not only infinite; indeed it is but also much more than that.  Time is the basis and the spine; mortal man has no known definition of Time; we are too small for that; time is immemorial.

Time is the essence of Life; that in turn is a product of Time and the two go together hand and hand never to be separated though, or perhaps I should say because, one created the other and they are therefore, equals in any analysis of one of the two or both at the same time.  Life is, like Time, infinite, forever, both wholesomely rooted in a perfect design that will never end.

No human intervention or any science or discoveries still to come to combine with what we claim that we have already discovered, will ever change or have any influence on Time.  Time is free, everlasting, infinite I have already said, immemorial I have said that too, and will rule and guide us without human interference and the blemishes of human endeavor that are inevitably a part of human nature and was probably intended by Time to be so.

Modern Man is but in its infancy compared to Time and we have existed for a few short moments only when we look at Time.  Let us look at that later; suffices for now we are still infantile in the greater context of time.

Modern Science, to describe it is such because our definitions are lacking, has developed through the eras of the great Greek Philosophers, and some, like modern Sociology have Peer Groups, to guide the younger ones with some clear guidelines to which any new thinking must be submitted for approval, but which often end up in outright rejection by the Peer Group.

So, who is right?  Are the Peers to decide what is true?  What makes them Peers?  In the year of 2016 people like Richard Dawkins would be a Core Peer of the Group but in the time of Socrates he would be a fool and heretic.  Strange thing is that not so long ago in Time he would have perished on the Stake; in the 2016 of today the infantile can rule but in the scales of Time the Peer Groups of yesteryears are being rejected by new realities.

New realities are, of course, all inventions of the 20th century; they have no Peer Group.  “We are free at last” is the hue and cry of the day; there is Space, and that is where our future lies, mankind is about to kick the last remnants of the restricted past into the dust and Rule from Space; no, that’s an understatement; we shall conquer Cyber Pace and rule; indeed we are already in command of Cyber space; hell, they say, you old folks must get with it.

People are standing ready to exit their bedrooms through the mirror in the morning, right on the other side space is waiting and they will walk straight into it through the mirror [a mere press of the button will do it]; out to the office workplace into space they will go; bye for now kids, Daddy will be home tonight.

They will set up new fresh water systems from the moon through all the planets; Mars will be a paradise of Green Peace; Pluto will send clouds when we press the computer button; rain will fall and the sun will shine when we want it to do.  Yes, Oh Yes, Man will take control of his Manifest Destiny.

What did you say?  Did you say or mention God?  Well, don’t do that again.  We are now God.

Until the end of time, they will say,.…, not knowing present mankind will end, well like in tomorrow in time.

But Time will continue.  What is left of last week’s Mankind will pick up the pieces of yesterday and the few weeks of yesteryear and start out on the next Cycle of Time.

To be continued.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon


Ikepedia on Super Tuesdays with Super Duper Rubio et al

March 1, 2016

When is America ever to learn?  Will they ever learn?  How can they ever learn that politics are for men?

Putin is a Man, and so is President Xi Jinping of China to mention just two.

How can you guys ever become great again, to quote the Trump, when a failed GOP is using a snot-nosed young kid and still a first generation American baby to assassinate the character of a leading candidate?

You’ve lost it, Grand Old Party, or do you want to hand it to the Hildabeast to finally screw up good and solid the little bit that is still left of America the once Great Society?

If the joker Sharpton gets ready to emigrate, please oh please, I beg you please, don’t let him come down South of your borders.  We have too many of his ilk here already

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon



Things and time get better with Age

February 28, 2016

I have been spending a lot of time and effort to do something real good on time; something about, for instance, the vagaries and the velocity of time.

It’s been with me for years and when the midnight clock struck 12 last night I knew I had to do it today; leap years, a good measure of time comes only every fourth year and that somehow told me to do it today.

It’s one of those things about time; one has to be there when the moment calls.  I got the call and on the spur of the moment Googled CFA, the initials of an important man in our clan.

There it sat!  Some of the things I have read elsewhere before but never as neat as here.  So some will be oldies to some of you but please do what the author suggests and keep reading until the end.

Lastly then, with compliments and recognition to the author in the link

I enclose the entire contents for your pleasure and convenience.



Read it through to the end, it gets better as you go!

I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing Silent Night – Age 5

I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either – Age 7

I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back – Age 9

I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again – Age 12

I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. – Age 14

I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me. – Age 15

I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. – Age 24

I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures. – Age 26

I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there.- Age 29

I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. – Age 30

I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it. – Age 42

I’ve learned that you can make some one’s day by simply sending them a little note. – Age 44

I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.  – Age 46

I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. – Age 47

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.- Age 48

I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours. – Age 49

I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. – Age 50

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. – Age 51

I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. – Age 52

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.- Age 53

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. – Age 58

I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage. – Age 61

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. – Age 62

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. – Age 64

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. – Age 65

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. – Age 66

I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer.- Age 72

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. – Age 82

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch, holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. – Age 90

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. – Age 92

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon


The irrelevant Iowa Debate with an update.

January 30, 2016

To Russia, China, Asia and all Sefrikens [and that gives you about all the parts of the World that count], there is nothing to add to the Headline, except maybe …

The Trump won it by the proverbial 1000 miles.  Period.

Oh well, perhaps it is a good idea to read what they say across the pond.  It’s funny in a way, but so are the British and their little Island, not to mention the Guardian jornolosts.


Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon




The irrelevant Iowa Debate

January 30, 2016


To Russia, China, Asia and all Sefrikens [and that gives you about all the parts of the World that count], there is nothing to add to the Headline, except maybe …

The Ttump won it by the proverbial 1000 miles.  Period.

When the Lion Feeds

January 9, 2016

The well read person will recognize the headline as the title of a book by famous South African author Wilbur Smith in his very first historic novel.  He would go on with the theme from there to publish more than 20 follow ups of which most were translated and published in a fair number of languages and the author became a household name amongst international publishers.

Wilbur Smith did not explain his choice of title in the book and that only became known after the Afrikaans work was published under the title “Iets moet Sterf” [literarily “Something has to die”] in English.

At the time of going to press South Africa had severe censorship powers over the Press and every single new publication had to pass the Censor Board where one of a few or even one of the censors had the power to ban the work.  They had the power and did not have to publish their reasons.  ‘When the Lion Feeds’ was banned outright.

The reading public never found out what the reason was until much later.

Smith talked to his publishers and they immediately found the probable cause; went ahead with the Afrikaans Dutch edition in which they omitted one small line and published.  The censor Board passed it with no objection.  We had the Afrikaans version under the title of ‘Iets moet Sterf’ and though we all talked and wondered we were never told of any changes to allow it to pass and we of course did not have the original English version ‘When the Lion Feeds’.

I found my own version of ‘When the Lion Feeds’ in a second hand bookshop on Sunset Boulevard where you are just short of entering the Pacific Palisades and Hollywood.  It was on my first visit to the States May 1981 and I also found my own copy of James Michener’s book ‘The Covenant’ in the same store.  The Covenant was also banned in South Africa and finding both in one American store was pure joy and a real treasure.

I proceeded and smuggled both books into South Africa.  It was one of the greatest days in my life when I added them to my personal library.  I climbed into the pages and was, I am sure, one of the first in the Nation to find the reason why ‘When the Lion Feeds’ was banned but ‘Iets moet Sterf’ was not.

There is a tiny paragraph where it becomes clear in both works what the origin of both titles alludes to.  It in short refers to old African folklore that for the lion to eat something else must first die.  In the English version a short reference to race [purely innocuous but enough to raise the shackles of the censor board reader] was included just before that in ‘When the Lion Feeds’; but deleted from ‘Iets moet Sterf’.

Old folklore informed their young ones that the lion only kills when he is hungry, AND ONLY kills as much as he needs.  Thus a small pride under a new young male will only select a smaller prey than the old lion with a large pride of females and young ones he must fend for.  The male lion makes the decision on what size animal is required and the female lions do the stalking and the killing.

For all these reasons old folklore warns their young ones not to venture out on the plains or in the woods when the lion is hungry.

Then something happened in the past week; if you have the same habit of the lazy reader who reads the last few paragraphs in a book to see whether he likes it before he buys it, you must not do it this time.  If you read this you must start at the top; if you don’t you will miss the entire theme and join the ignoramuses employed by Western Powers in Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic Missions and Embassies around the Globe.

What happened was that a wannabee Lion cried a few days ago; real lions don’t cry but fake wannabee lions do.  This fake is hungry and the pride has become unhappy with him as leader of the pride.  His leadership has not been to the benefit of the pride and he has turned rogue.  He is unhappy because he only has ten months from this morning and the rogue kills for the sake of killing.  Old folklore warned against the rogue lion.

You have to warn your young ones, America.  The next ten months the rogue will kill anything in sight; it’s called “crying with rage” at being found unfit to lead the pride.

Read this Drivel and cry for your children.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon


Open Letter to America

January 8, 2016

Today in History.

President George Washington delivers first State of the Union address.


On this day in 1790, President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address to the assembled Congress in New York City.

Washington began by congratulating you on the present favorable prospects of our public affairs, most notable of which was North Carolina’s recent decision to join the federal republic. North Carolina had rejected the Constitution in July 1788 because it lacked a bill of rights. Under the terms of the Constitution, the new government acceded to power after only 11 of the 13 states accepted the document. By the time North Carolina ratified in November 1789, the first Congress had met, written the Bill of Rights and dispatched them for review by the states. When Washington spoke in January, it seemed likely the people of the United States would stand behind Washington’s government and enjoy the concord, peace, and plenty he saw as symbols of the nation’s good fortune.

Washington’s address gave a brief, but excellent, outline of his administration’s policies as designed by Alexander Hamilton. The former commander in chief of the Continental Army argued in favor of securing the common defense [sic], as he believed preparedness for war to be one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. Washington’s guarded language allowed him to hint at his support for the controversial idea of creating a standing army without making an overt request.

The most basic functions of day-to-day governing had yet to be organized, and Washington charged Congress with creating a competent fund designated for defraying the expenses incident to the conduct of our foreign affairs, a uniform rule of naturalization, and Uniformity in the Currency, Weights and Measures of the United States.

After covering the clearly federal issues of national defense and foreign affairs, Washington urged federal influence over domestic issues as well. The strongly Hamilton-influenced administration desired money for and some measure of control over Agriculture, Commerce and Manufactures as well as Science and Literature. These national goals required a Federal Post-Office and Post-Roads and a means of public education, which the president justified as a means to secure the Constitution, by educating future public servants in the republican principles of representative government.

It is Ironic with an Upper Case I that on a day almost spot on 226 after that Historic address the present White House incumbent broke into tears at a public meeting.

Read all about that Shameless Act and rid your Society of the causes for it before the World will let you grovel in shame and make you pay for the reasons that caused it.

Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon


Stories of Kings

January 7, 2016

Meeting his loyal President and humble servant of the Pewpolls:

 Zuma and his one of his Kings

 He seems contented:

 A smiling King


Now, he is laughing:

 Now a laughing King

 No, I don’t know where he is from or what sort of King he is.  ML out your way had a dream; this one is having a bad dream.

They say he is my King.  No, I am a Sefriken; they didn’t have Kings when we got here in 1652; it is an English word and they didn’t speak English.

No, I don’t understand it.  Maybe you can tell me; read for yourself.


 Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon



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