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About CK Garabed (185 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. 6, 2016)

From the Trivia File Many composers have written variations on the name BACH. How is that done? Well, the first thing that one must bear in mind is that the German musical notation system is different from the rest of the world. In the German system, the letters B, A, C, H represent the tones [more...]

February 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 30, 2016)

From the Fortune Teller If cold December gave you birth, The month of snow and ice and mirth Place on your hand a turquoise blue, Success will bless whate’er you do.   Turkish Proverb Blood that is to flow will not stay in the veins.   Fraternity Older brothers are to be looked up to. [more...]

February 1, 2016 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 23, 2016)

Armenian Proverb They asked the bullfrog, “Why do you continually croak?” He replied, “I’m enchanted with my voice.”   Newspaper Item Dr. D_____C_____, noted health authority, who was to speak on “How to Keep Well,” could not appear because of illness. … Alameda (Calif.) [more...]

January 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 16, 2016)

Italian Proverb Our last garment is made without pockets.   Newspaper Advertisement “A piano for sale by a lady about to cross the Channel in an oak case with carved legs.”   Keen Observation There is a strain of human beings who have a talent for making unwholesome things holy. [more...]

January 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 9, 2015)

Thoughts of a Great Man Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.   … George Washington   French Proverb The spoken word belongs half to him who speaks and half to him who hears.   The Mask of Virtue It’s only human to be selfish [more...]

January 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 26, 2015)

Russian Proverb Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.   On Love Love is said to be blind, but I know a lot of fellows in love who can see twice as much in their sweethearts as I can. … Josh Billings   A Lady’s Wit A young man, in a large company, descanting very [more...]

December 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 19, 2015)

Italian Proverb Think much, speak little, and write less.   Wit of a Dandy When the celebrated Beau Nash was ill, Dr. Cheyne wrote a prescription for him. The next day the doctor, coming to see his patient, inquired if he had followed his prescription. “No, truly, doctor,” said Nash; “if [more...]

December 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 5, 2015)

Commentary on Fashion What would we say if men changed the length of their trousers every year? … Lady Astor   Newspaper Headline Cemetery Allows People to be Buried by Their Pets.   An Instructive Tale A loving couple had one son; but, being very poor, the man came to England, and [more...]

December 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Nov. 28, 2015)

A Gasser “It was in Chicago, also, that I remember a poor man being carried off with an epileptic fit. This happened after I had recited the sleepwalking scene from Lady Macbeth. Telling the story afterwards to Miss Ethel Barrymore, she looked greatly impressed. ‘What a compliment!’ she said [more...]

November 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Nov. 21, 2015)

Take Your Pick Some people are unpleasant though worthy, others pleasant despite their faults. … La Rochefoucauld   Chinese Proverb Everyone pushes a falling fence.   The Right Way to Fish Mr. Wright went out to fish, And he became a right angler; He thought he’d try and catch a [more...]

November 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

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