Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 6, 2016)

From the Fortune Teller

If cold December gave you birth,

The month of snow and ice and mirth

Place on your hand a turquoise blue,

Success will bless whate’er you do.


Turkish Proverb

Blood that is to flow will not stay in the veins.



Older brothers are to be looked up to.

Younger brothers are to be looked after.


True to Form

The surest sign that a man is in love is when he divorces his wife.


Epitaph on a Talkative Old Maid

Beneath this silent stone is laid

A noisy antiquated maid,

Who, from her cradle talk’d till death,

And ne’er before was out of breath.

Whither she’s gone we cannot tell;

For if she talks not, she’s in –!

If she’s in –, she’s there unblest

Because she hates a place of rest.


… Benjamin Franklin


From My Persian Dictionary

Khánam: lady (of high rank)

Begum:      ”      ”    ”     ”

Khatún: lady (of inferior rank)

Lang: lame (as in Timur Leng for Tamerlane)


What’s in a Name?

Soukiasian: Greek in derivation, identified as a descriptive term, hesuchios is defined as quiet, peaceful, at rest.

Source: Armenian Weekly
Link: Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 6, 2016)

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