Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 22, 2017)

Polish Proverb

Spring is a virgin, Summer a mother,
Autumn a widow, and Winter a stepmother.


Childish games: those at which your wife beats you.

Does Medicare Know?

Surgeons know nothing but do everything.
Internists know everything but do nothing.
Pathologists know everything and do everything but too late.

…Robin Cook, Godplayer


Before the craze for split-level homes a fellow kept it to himself if he lived over
a garage.

Fancy Words

It is queer what a liking young students have for long words and Latin quotations, and what a dread possesses them of appearing conventional. A promising candidate for the clergy was once given charge of a funeral in the absence of the pastor of the church. He knew it was customary for the minister to announce after the sermon that those who wished should step up to view the remains, but he thought this was too hackneyed a phrase, and he said instead: “The congregation will now pass around the bier.”

Fatherly Advice

“Come, come,” said Tom’s father, “at your time of life,
There’s no longer excuse for thus playing the rake–
It is time you should think, boy, of taking a wife”—
“Why, so it is, father—whose wife shall I take?”

…Thomas Moore

What’s in a Name?

Meneshian: Turkish in derivation, in turn derived from Persian, binafshah, and/or from Armenian, manoushag, menesh is a variant of menekshe, which is defined as violet.


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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