Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 28, 2015)

To Tell the Truth

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.

… Oliver Wendell Holmes


Irish Proverb

It’s the deaf people that create the lies.


A Toast to Moderation

He who goes forth with a fifth on the Fourth may not come forth on the Fifth.


From the Trivia File

According to Diodorus Siculus and Pliny, there were 360,000 men employed for nearly 20 years upon one of the pyramids. The largest pyramid was built by Cheops or Suphis, the next largest by Cephrenes or Sen-Suphis, and the third by Mencheres, last king of the fourth Egyptian dynasty, said to have lived before the birth of Abraham.


The Colors of War and Peace

Green and yellow are the fields of peace,

Red in the time of war

Black are the fields when the cannons cease

And white forevermore.


Stolen Property

The best that the Turks seem to be able to do for the Armenians is to save the endangered species of the Van cat.


From My Persian Dictionary

Άzád: independent

Khabar: information

Haif: injustice

Murakkab: ink


What’s in a Name?

Inchighoulian: Turkish and Persian in derivation, inchi is a variant of inji, or pearl, while ghoul is a variant of gül, or rose. Thus, inji gül would be defined as rose pearl.

CK Garabed

CK Garabed

Weekly Columnist
C.K. Garabed (a.k.a. Charles Kasbarian) has been active in the Armenian Church and Armenian community organizations all his life. As a writer and editor, he has been a keen observer of, and outspoken commentator on, political and social matters affecting Armenian Americans. He has been a regular contributor to the Armenian Reporter and the AGBU Literary Quarterly, “ARARAT.” For the last 30 years, Garabed has been a regular contributor to the Armenian Weekly. He produces a weekly column called “Uncle Garabed's Notebook,” in which he presents an assortment of tales, anecdotes, poems, riddles, and trivia; for the past 10 years, each column has contained a deconstruction of an Armenian surname. He believes his greatest accomplishment in life, and his contribution to the Armenian nation, has been the espousing of Aghavni, and the begetting of Antranig and Lucine.
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