Articles by CK Garabed

About CK Garabed (242 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 (June 24, 2017)

Self-Knowledge He who knows himself best esteems himself least. H.G. Bohn Two Key Men in a Dead Lock I fail to appreciate twelve-tone music Because there is no key: For me the music is enlocked; A lock that has no key is dead. Therefore, Schoenberg and I remain deadlocked. A Slight Misapprehension [more...]

June 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 17, 2017)

Daffy-nition Epitaph: a monumental lie. An Anonymous View of Married Life Some go to night clubs And some take to liquor But some, to fight boredom, Just sit there and bicker. When evenings are dullish For man and for wife, A spat’s just the ticket To bring things to life. A word of suspicion, A [more...]

June 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 10, 2017)

Armenian Proverb The friend who doesn’t regularly come and go becomes a stranger; the stranger who regularly comes and goes becomes a friend. On Deviation from Orthodoxy Leave no turn unstoned. Daffy-nition Breeding: the quality that enables a person to wait in well-mannered silence while the [more...]

June 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 3, 2017)

  Folk Wisdom The man with time to burn never gave the world any light.   From One Who Knows Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. …Ezra Pound   Why Worry There are only two things to worry about, either you are healthy or you are [more...]

June 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 27, 2017)

Old Time Adage The trouble with secrets is that they’re either not worth keeping, or they’re too good to keep. Footprints in the Sand One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two [more...]

May 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 20, 2017)

  Swedish Proverb One should go invited to a friend in good fortune and uninvited in misfortune. Daffy-nition Snob: A person who wants to know only the people who don’t want to know him. Divided Kingdom MATT.iii.24. If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. “Divide [more...]

May 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 13, 2017)

Spanish Proverb An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. Success or Failure? The nineteenth-century naturalist, John Muir, the planet’s first ecoactivist, hiked through thousands of miles of American back country, lobbied feverishly for wilderness preservation, and published classic [more...]

May 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 5, 2017)

The Memoirs of Roustam: Napoleon’s Mamluk Imperial Bodyguard Edited with annotations & introduction by Ara Ghazarians & translated by Catherine Carpenter The Memoirs of Roustam is a piece unmatched in Napoleonic literature, and with such an exotic author, it is among the most fascinating [more...]

May 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 29, 2017)

    Napoleonic Palindrome Able was I ere I saw Elba. A Prescription A husband should be taller, older, heavier, uglier and hoarser than his wife. …E.W. Howe Scottish Folklore Life is truly froth and bubble; Two things stand like stone; Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your [more...]

April 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 22, 2017)

Polish Proverb Spring is a virgin, Summer a mother, Autumn a widow, and Winter a stepmother. Daffy-nition Childish games: those at which your wife beats you. Does Medicare Know? Surgeons know nothing but do everything. Internists know everything but do nothing. Pathologists know everything and do [more...]

April 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

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