Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 1, 2017)

Entry in an Autograph Album

Say it with flowers
Say it with mink
But never, never
Say it with ink.

The Ins and Outs

He who looks outside dreams. He who looks inside awakens.
…Carl Gustav Jung, the father of analytical psychology

A Brilliant Hue

A young lady, on being asked which was the most beautiful color, replied—that of modesty.

On Inquisitiveness

Inquisitive people are the funnels of conversation—they do not take in anything for their own use, but merely to pass it to another.

An Example of Chiasmus

To apply for membership in the Lonely Hearts Club:
Type your name
and
Name your type.

Time and Location

Bouzji Khosrof: Say, caddie, why do you keep looking at your watch?
Caddy: It’s not a watch, sir, it’s a compass.

Armenian Proverb

The odorless flower on the mountain would not exchange places with the fragrant rose in the garden.

What’s in a Name?

Mashoumian: Arabic in derivation, identified as a descriptive term, mashoum is defined as sinless, virtuous.

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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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