Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 5, 2017)

Literal and Figurative Advice

Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.

—Julia Child

Johnny-on-the-Spot

He had heard that widows were inclined to grant a great deal of latitude, so he went in for the whole 180 degrees.

Cumberland and Sheridan

Cumberland, the playwright, was asked what he thought of Sheridan’s comedy The School for Scandal. He pronounced it, in his opinion, to be a failure, saying “when he went to see it, he did not laugh once.” Sheridan, hearing of this, remarked that “Cumberland was very ungrateful, for when he went to see Mr. C.’s tragedy, he laughed from the beginning to the end of it.”

Entry in an Autograph Album

Books are keys to wisdom’s treasure.
Books are gates to lands of pleasure.
Books are paths that upward lead.
Books are friends. Come let us read.

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Look Again

Edo: Who put that figurine under the sink?
Anno: That’s no figurine. It’s the plumber.

Armenian Proverb

A waterwheel profits from the urine of a mouse.

What’s in a Name?

Intoyan: Arabic in derivation, identified as a descriptive term, into is defined as waiting.

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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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