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About CK Garabed (200 Articles)
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.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt (Photo: tablemag.com)

Letter: Too Little, too Late

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt (Photo: tablemag.com) Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, has taken the bold step to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide. By issuing such a statement at this time, he obviously intends to try to convince the public that the ADL has always recognized the [more...]

May 20, 2016 // 4 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 14, 2016)

Popular Saying Poverty is not a Shame; but the being asham’d of it, is. …Thomas Fuller   Daffy-nition Engagement: In war, a battle; in love, the salubrious calm that precedes the real hostilities.   Armenian Proverb His eye is greedy; his belly is full.   Kentucky Kentucky, [more...]

May 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 7, 2016)

Armenian Proverb Better to be a wise man’s slave than a fool’s friend.   Thoughts for St. Stephen Instead of the Puritans landing on Plymouth Rock (Said Jo Davidson, the delightful sculptor) How much pleasanter this country would have been If Plymouth Rock Had landed on the Puritans. [more...]

May 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 30, 2016)

Korean Legendary Tale It once happened that the King of the fishes got a sad wound in his nose through contact with a steel hook artfully covered by the body of a worm. His Majesty’s physicians being unable to heal the wound, the councilors of the kingdom were called together for the purpose of [more...]

April 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 30, 2016)

Finnish Proverb The echo knows all languages.   Right and Wrong An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered. … G.K. Chesterton   The Path to Q Theodore Hook, in the supposed character of a Gower Street Undergraduate, [more...]

April 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 23, 2016)

A Man Who Knows Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right. … Henry Ford   Good Samaritan A man spotted a young woman futilely edging in and out of a tiny parking space. Ten minutes later, thanks to his directions, the car was neatly parked in the space. [more...]

April 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 16, 2016)

Spanish Proverb Dung is no saint, but where it falls it works miracles.   A Modern Aphorism Small nations are virtuous by necessity; they don’t have the force or power to be otherwise.   The Absentee Parishioner A zealous, and in his way a very eminent preacher, whose eloquence is as [more...]

April 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 2, 2016)

Armenian Proverb   A dress that is not worn wears itself out.   Chinese Wisdom on Civility   You ask me why I greet the priest, But not his god; The god sits mute; the man at least Returns my nod   Perception and Conception   We can all perceive the difference between [more...]

April 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (March 26, 2016)

Armenian Proverb In every man’s heart there is a sleeping lion.   Reunion Toast Here’s to all of us! For there’s so much good in the worst of us And so much bad in the best of us, That it hardly behooves any of us, To talk about the rest of us.   A Cynical View Love is only a dirty [more...]

March 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (March 19, 2016)

Moral Maxim Our enemies are nearer the truth in their opinion of us than we are ourselves. … La Roche foucauld   To Ale with It Who buys good land buys many stones, Who buys good meat buys many bones, Who buys good eggs buys many shells, Who buys good ale buys nothing else. Grammer [more...]

March 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

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