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About CK Garabed (212 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 (Aug. 20, 2016)

Of Scholarship and Academe One learns more from a good scholar in a rage than from a score of lucid and laborious drudges. …Rudyard Kipling   From the Trivia File There was a time when Campbell Soup Company deliberately advertised “21 kinds of soup to choose from” and listed 22. For years, [more...]

August 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

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

Of ‘Ulysses’ I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality. …James Joyce   Down to Basics Waiter: You sometimes find a pearl in an oyster stew. Customer: [more...]

August 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 30, 2016)

Holy Cow! Tennyson had the British Empire for God, and Queen Victoria for Virgin Mary. … Lady Gregory   Let’s Face It Everybody feels sorry for the blind man; no one can tolerate the deaf man.   Daffy-nition American: A man drinking Brazilian coffee from an English cup, while sitting [more...]

July 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 23, 2016)

Having It Both Ways The young always have the same problem—how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. … Quentin Crisp   West African [more...]

July 19, 2016 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 16, 2016)

On the Bestowal of Awards The King may give the honour, but thou art to make thyself honourable. … Thomas Fuller   Kindergarten Quiz Question: Why couldn’t they find Mozart’s teacher? Answer: Because he was Haydn.   Armenian Proverb They asked the camel, “Why is your neck [more...]

July 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 9, 2016)

A Modern Aphorism Self doubt is the most sincere manifestation of humility.   Ryan’s Law Make three consecutive guesses correctly and you will establish yourself as an expert.   The Promise of Religion Oh, to be in a state of bliss forever!   Daffy-nition Mother’s Day: Nine [more...]

July 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 2, 2016)

Unusual Adage Prudent cruelty is better than foolish pity. … Thomas Fuller   Sportsmanship He lost the game; No matter for that— He kept his temper, He swung his hat And cheered the winners— A better way, Than to lose his temper And win the day.   Beware! Gossip is the most deadly [more...]

July 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 25, 2016)

Guidance from a Rebel Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty. … Jefferson Davis   House Rules If any pilgrim monk come from distant parts, with wish as a guest to dwell in the monastery, and will be content with the customs which he finds in the place, and do not [more...]

June 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 18, 2016)

Unequal Results Praise makes good men better, and bad men worse. … Thomas Fuller   After-Speech Dinners Joseph H. Choate and Chauncey Depew were invited to a dinner. Mr. Choate was to speak, and it fell to the lot of Mr. Depew to introduce him, which he did thus: “Gentlemen, permit me to [more...]

June 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 11, 2016)

English Proverb Birds pay equal honors to all men.   Acronym on the Name Iacocca I Am Chairman Of Chrysler Corporation America   Birthstones For laundresses, the soapstone For architects, the cornerstone. For cooks, the puddingstone. For soldiers, the bloodstone. For politicians, [more...]

June 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

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