Articles by CK Garabed

About CK Garabed (165 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 (Aug. 29, 2015)

The Winning Attitude We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time. … Vince Lombardi   A Modern Aphorism It’s the few that help us tolerate the many.   Newspaper Headline Tourists Asked to Leave Keys as Florida Prepares for Storm   Politeness Counts A man is descending in [more...]

August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 22, 2015)

A Hearty Toast Here’s to you, And here’s to me; But as you’re not here; Here’s two to me.   Unlikely Sayings As Cyclops said: “Sometimes you have to close an eye to what goes on around you.”   Modern Aphorism The prosperity of a nation lies in the enforcement of its just laws. [more...]

August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 15, 2015)

The Way Out If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, “He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.” … Epictetus   Italian Proverb There are some who despise pride with [more...]

August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 8, 2015)

French Proverb One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.   Life’s Lesson The oldest, shortest words—“yes” and “no”—are those which require the most thought.   … Pythagoras   So They Say A man accused of illegally selling alcohol during the [more...]

August 7, 2015 // 2 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 1, 2015)

Swedish Proverb Joy shared is twice the joy. Sorrow shared is half the sorrow.   Having It Both Ways The best part about being a hypocrite is that you can still denounce hypocrisy.   Arabian Nights Tale Hassan, surnamed Al Habbal (“the ropemaker”) and subsequently [more...]

August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 25, 2015)

Patience and Fortitude The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else do it wrong, without comment.   … T.H. White   The Means to Success The codfish lays ten thousand eggs, The homely hen lays one. The codfish never cackles To tell you what [more...]

July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 18, 2015)

Armenian Proverb Would that I have many friends; would that I have thousands of debts.   Headline in College newspaper “Deans Promise to Stop Drinking on Campus.”   Imperium The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.   … Victoria, Queen [more...]

July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 11, 2015)

The Test Only those with real strength of character can have real gentleness; those who look gentle are usually merely weak, and weakness easily goes sour.   … La Rochefoucauld   A Chronic Condition There is a story in the trade that a publisher once accepted a book and sent it to an [more...]

July 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 4, 2015)

Super-Diplomacy We have read your manuscript with boundless delight. If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, compelled to return [more...]

July 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

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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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