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About CK Garabed (160 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.
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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 25, 2015)

Patience and Fortitude The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else do it wrong, without comment.   … T.H. White   The Means to Success The codfish lays ten thousand eggs, The homely hen lays one. The codfish never cackles To tell you what [more...]

July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 18, 2015)

Armenian Proverb Would that I have many friends; would that I have thousands of debts.   Headline in College newspaper “Deans Promise to Stop Drinking on Campus.”   Imperium The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.   … Victoria, Queen [more...]

July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 11, 2015)

The Test Only those with real strength of character can have real gentleness; those who look gentle are usually merely weak, and weakness easily goes sour.   … La Rochefoucauld   A Chronic Condition There is a story in the trade that a publisher once accepted a book and sent it to an [more...]

July 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 4, 2015)

Super-Diplomacy We have read your manuscript with boundless delight. If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, compelled to return [more...]

July 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 27, 2015)

Folk Wisdom People will believe anything if you whisper it.   From the Word Lab Wrangle for an Ass’s Shadow: To contend about trifles. The tale told by Demosthenes is that a man hired an ass to take him to Megara; and at noon, the sun being very hot, the traveler dismounted, and sat [more...]

June 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 20, 2015)

On Controversy If a cause be good, the most violent attack by its enemies will not injure it so much as an injudicious defense of it by its friends.   … Walter Colton   Illustrious Chroniclers Historians, it is said, fall into one of three categories: Those who lie. Those who are [more...]

June 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 13, 2015)

Armenian Proverb Can one start a fast with katah in one’s hand?   Self-centeredness We would rather run ourselves down than not talk about ourselves at all. … La Rochefoucauld   From Churchill’s Famous Speech … we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, [more...]

June 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 6, 2015)

Twice Golden A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but, after a while, knows something. … Wilson Mizner   Popular Wisdom A good education enables you to earn more than a good educator.   A Handy Saying Hands are said to be of five classes: Idealistic – delicate, with long [more...]

June 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 23, 2015)

The Triple Threat Three things can ruin a man—money, power, and women. I never had any money. I never wanted power, and the only woman in my life is up at the house right now. … Harry S. Truman Japanese Proverb The sparrow flying in the rear of the hawk thinks the hawk is fleeing. A View of the [more...]

May 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 16, 2015)

The Virtue of Hardship If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished? … Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet   Sanskrit Proverb The dexterous make even untruths appear truths as those skilled in painting can make hollows and eminences on a level surface.   Out of [more...]

May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

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