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About CK Garabed (126 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 (Oct. 18, 2014)

Self Delusion The man who thinks he loves a woman for her own sake is very much mistaken. … La Rochefoucauld   Bad News Because of current economic conditions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.   Turkish Proverb He who eats when he is full digs his grave with his [more...]

October 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Oct. 18, 2014)

A Timely Tip Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Don’t overdo it. …Lao-Tsze   Plain and Fancy Mary wears her hair down. Marie wears her hair up.   From the Word Lab Jingo: A corruption of Jainko, the Basque Supreme Being. “By Jingo!” or “By the living Jingo!” [more...]

October 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Sept. 27, 2014)

The Nub of the Matter Do not seek to follow the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. … Matsou Basho   Daffy-nition Missionary: A meddler, who has no respect for someone else’s religion.   From the Word Lab Gringo: Probably more often than not, gringo is a term of [more...]

September 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Sept. 20, 2014)

Words to Live By He who dies rich dies disgraced. … Andrew Carnegie   Pedigree Alexander Pope gave a dog to Frederick, Prince of Wales, and had two lines engraved on the collar: I am his Highness’ dog at Kew; Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?   French Proverb He who fears to [more...]

September 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Sept. 6, 2014)

Japanese Proverb The loud voice often wins the quarrel. Rationale for Evolution God did not create the universe. The universe is in the process of creating God. From the Word Lab Origin of “majesty” (sovereign power, authority or dignity): Merriam-Webster Online  states, “Middle [more...]

September 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 30, 2014)

Quotable Quite My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. … Henry Ford   Anticipation Teacher: Hrach, give me a sentence starting with “I.” Hrach: I is… Teacher: No, Hrach. Always say, “I am…” Hrach: All right… “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.” [more...]

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 23, 2014)

Attention, Poetasters! I believe that a poem ought to be translated in the way a poet himself would have composed it, had he belonged to the nation for which he is being translated. …Henrik Ibsen   From the Word Lab Lemniscate: The word for infinity symbol. ∞   Daffy-nition [more...]

August 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 16, 2014)

Delivery Guaranteed Death has got something to be said for it: There’s no need to get out of bed for it: Wherever you may be, They bring it to you, free. —Kingsley Amis   Swedish Proverb Fortune follows him who flees from it, and flees from him who seeks it.   Mock Shakespeare TB or [more...]

August 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 9, 2014)

Forbearance Nobody deserves to be praised for goodness unless he is strong enough to be bad, for any other goodness is usually merely inertia or lack of will-power. … La Rochefoucauld   Armenian Proverb When God wishes to make a poor man happy, He makes him lose his donkey, and then find it [more...]

August 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 2, 2014)

Then and Now Most young people think they are being natural when really they are just ill-mannered and rude. … La Rochefoucauld   From the Word Lab Calcutta: from Kali-cuttah (temple of the goddess Kali). Remember the movie “Gunga Din”?   Beat the Devil A farmer entered into a [more...]

July 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

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