Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (March 25, 2017)

Sicilian Proverb

If you don’t know by age twenty, don’t do by age thirty, don’t have by age forty, you will never know, never do, and never have

A Sound Mind in a Rich Body

Money-giving is a good criterion of a person’s mental health.
Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.

…Karl Menninger

Eyewash

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

…John 8:32 King James Version

Commentary: All thinking individuals know that the truth will make you miserable.

Folklore

A sage once said the mind of God forgets
Evil that men remember having done, as it remembers
The good that men do and forget.

A Modern Aphorism

One’s virtue is an affront to those who have none

From the Word Lab

A hoodlum can be anyone from a dangerous thug to a young person who’s just up to no good. The exact origins of the word are not known, but one theory is that the word came from German immigrants. In German, “hudelum” or huddellum” means “disorderly, wretch, miserable fellow.”

What’s in a Name?

Matosoghlian: Greek and Turkish in derivation, identified as a proper noun, Matos is the diminutive of Mateos, or Matthew from Greek, and defined as gift; and oghli is defined in Turkish as son of.

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CK Garabed

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 20 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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