Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 15, 2017)

Armenian Proverb

An educated person will be an understanding person.

From One Writer to Another

Read over your compositions, and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

… Samuel Johnson

Another Mondegreen

Out of the mouths of babes there occasionally come words not only of wisdom, but of wit as well. Most humor of this sort results from ignorance, as when a little fellow was heard singing in church about the consecrated cross-eyed bear.

Of the Morals of Durwaishes

They asked Lokman from whom he had learnt urbanity; he replied, “From those of rude manners; for whatsoever I saw in them that was disagreeable, I avoided doing the same. Not a word can be said, even in the midst of sport, from which a wise man will not derive instruction; but if an hundred chapters of philosophy are read to an ignorant person, it will seem to him folly and sport.”

… The Gulistan of Sheikh Saadi


Bridge: a card game in which a good deal depends on a good deal.

Did Krikor Lousavorich Know?

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.

…Carl Jung

What’s in a Name?

Kufedjian: Turkish in derivation, identified as an occupation, kufe is a large deep basket usually carried on the back. A kufedji is defined as a basket-maker, or porter who carries goods in a large basket on his back.


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 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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