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About CK Garabed (151 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 (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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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 9, 2015)

The Viking Reminder Always remember to pillage before you burn. Daffy-nition Liberty: the privilege of being free from things we don’t like so that we can be slaves of things we do. The Countess of Nottingham A quondam sweetheart of the Earl of Essex, and his worst enemy when she heard that he [more...]

May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 2, 2015)

Masquerade   We are so used to disguising ourselves from others that we end by disguising ourselves from ourselves. …La Rochefoucauld   A Culinary Secret   Accidents will happen. That’s why there are so many different kinds of salad.   Armenian Proverb   If a brother [more...]

May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 25, 2015)

Nature’s Perversity There are people whose defects become them, and others who are ill served by their good qualities. … La Rochefoucauld   Armenian Proverb On a rainy day many offer to water the chickens.   A Tip to the Girls If you can’t think of any other way to flatter a man, [more...]

April 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 11, 2015)

Testimony   Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded empires; but upon what do these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded his empire upon love; and to this very day millions would die for him.   Cynicism   Some go to church to see and be [more...]

April 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 4, 2015)

Armenian Proverb   Money gives light to a dark place.   Lucine’s Observation   It is better to take a pill than to be one.   Helpful Advice   A certain gentleman had suffered some reverses, and was feeling dejected when he entered a diner to have a little something to [more...]

April 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (March 28, 2015)

Well-placed Amplification Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.   … Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet   Zodiac The 12 signs of the Zodiac are associated with the 12 Roman deities, thus:                     Spring The Ram is wise [more...]

March 21, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (March 7, 2015)

A Plug for Honesty Make yourself an honest man and then you may be sure there is one rascal less in the world. … Thomas Carlyle   The Jackdaw of Rheims The cardinal-archbishop of Rheims made a great feast, to which he invited all the joblillies of the neighborhood. There were abbots and [more...]

March 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 28, 2015)

To Tell the Truth Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children. … Oliver Wendell Holmes   Irish Proverb It’s the deaf people that create the lies.   A Toast to Moderation He who goes forth with a fifth on the Fourth may not come forth on the [more...]

February 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 21, 2015)

Maxim How can we expect someone else to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves? … La Rochefoucauld   Armenian Proverb There are many things that, until you learn them, you cannot do; there are also things that, until you do them, you cannot learn.   Daffy-nition Mushroom: The [more...]

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

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