Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 24, 2017)

Self-Knowledge

He who knows himself best esteems himself least.

H.G. Bohn

Two Key Men in a Dead Lock

I fail to appreciate twelve-tone music
Because there is no key:
For me the music is enlocked;
A lock that has no key is dead.
Therefore, Schoenberg and I remain deadlocked.

A Slight Misapprehension

A happy pair, in smart array,
By Holy Church united,
From London town, in open shay,
Set off by love incited.

The day was dull as dull could be,
So (dreaming of no pun),
Quoth John, “I hope, my dear, that we
May have a little sun.”

To which his bride, with simple heart,
Replied (‘twas nature taught her),
“Well—I confess—for my own part—
I’d rather have a daughter.”

From My Persian Dictionary

Yárí: love
Majnún: love-sick, lunatic
´Ashik: lover
Yár: “

What’s in a Name?

Getzoyan; Armenian in derivation, identified as descriptive term, getzo is defined  as long-live, bravo, well done.

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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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