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About CK Garabed (156 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 (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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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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