jakes says he believes in the axiom that the act of forgiveness is not really a gift to others as much as it is a gift to oneself.
jakes is not alone in believing that your family must stay your family no matter how hurtful or dysfunctional they may be.
"I've made a few good friends over the years," says jakes with a laugh on the phone from his Texas home.
colloquial or familiar abbreviation of the masc. proper name Jacob (q.v.). As the typical name of a rustic lout, from 1854. (Jakey still is the typical name for "an Amishman" among the non-Amish of Pennsylvania Dutch country). Slang meaning "excellent, fine" is from 1914, American English, of unknown origin.
Excellent; very satisfactory; hunky-dory: She said the whole college seemed jake to her
: You never can tell on a day like this, things could be goin' jake one minute, then presto, before you know it you're history
[1914+ Underworld; origin unknown]