Articles by CK Garabed

About CK Garabed (138 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.

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


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 13, 2014)

Object Lesson Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those that other people have lent me. …Anatole France   From the Word Lab Humanitarians: A name that used to be given to certain Arian heretics who believed that Jesus Christ was only man. [more...]

December 12, 2014 // 0 Comments


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

On Conversation One of the reasons why so few people are to be found who seem sensible and pleasant in conversation is that almost everybody is thinking about what he wants to say himself rather than answering clearly what is being said to him. The more clever and polite think it enough simply to [more...]

December 5, 2014 // 0 Comments


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Nov. 22, 2014)

From a Native American The white man who is our agent is so stingy that he carries a linen rag in his pocket into which to blow his nose, for fear he might blow away something of value. –Piapot, Cree Chief   A Modern Aphorism After all is said and done, all that is left is laughter.   [more...]

November 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Nov. 22, 2014)

One Way Street We always like those who admire us, but not always those we admire. … La Rochefoucauld   Quia de Malo est Bona If it weren’t for volcanoes we wouldn’t have many beautiful mountains. Welcome to our website   The Ox and the Grasshopper As in a field a sturdy Ox was [more...]

November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Nov. 8, 2014)

Words to Ponder In this time of political, economic, and personal disintegration, music is not a luxury, it is a necessity; not simply because it is therapeutic, nor because it is the universal language, but because it is the persistent focus of (our) intelligence, aspiration, and good will. [more...]

November 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

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