Articles by CK Garabed

About CK Garabed (143 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 (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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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 14, 2015)

Sage Advice “Good, old-fashioned ways keep hearts sweet, heads sane, hands busy.” … Louisa May Alcott   Daffy-nition Reincarnation: When a certain red flower comes back to life.   The Class Reunion How the hallowed halls echo with singing! How memory tugs at the heart, When the [more...]

February 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 7, 2015)

Victimization It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. … Samuel Johnson   Lament of an 18-Year-Old Recruit I’m old enough to give my life for my country, but not old enough to drink.   The Monkey’s Viewpoint Three monkeys sat [more...]

February 6, 2015 // 0 Comments


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 31, 2015)

Smart Alecs No fools are so difficult to manage as those with some brains.   … La Rochefoucauld   Tongue Twister How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? He’d chuck all the wood that a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.   Piso’s [more...]

January 31, 2015 // 1 Comment


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 24, 2015)

On Children You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls live in the house of tomorrow. You may strive to be like them, But seek not to make them like you, For life goes not backward nor tarries [more...]

January 23, 2015 // 0 Comments


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 17, 2015)

Self Incrimination Lives of great men oft remind us As we o’er their pages turn, That we too may leave behind us Letters that we ought to burn.   …Thomas Hood     Folk Saying History proves that war is better at abolishing nations than nations are at abolishing wars.   [more...]

January 15, 2015 // 0 Comments


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 10, 2015)

Masquerade “In every walk of life each man puts on a personality and outward appearance so as to look what he wants to be thought: in fact you might say that society is entirely made up of assumed personalities.” …La Rochefoucauld   Yorkshire Proverb Like the saddler of Bawtry, who was [more...]

January 7, 2015 // 0 Comments


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 3, 2014)

Maxim Cunning is a poor substitute for sagacity. … La Rochefoucauld A Toast To Church: The first time one goes he has water thrown on him, the second time he has rice thrown on him, the third time he has dirt thrown on him. A Conversation for the Birds In the local pet shop, the owl keeps saying, [more...]

December 30, 2014 // 0 Comments


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

True Religion Tennyson had the British Empire for God, and Queen Victoria for Virgin Mary. … Lady Gregory   A Modern Aphorism A wise man knows that there are questions to which there are no answers; and problems for which there are no solutions.   Armenian Proverb If you have a good [more...]

December 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

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