Articles by CK Garabed

About CK Garabed (134 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 (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


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Nov. 1, 2014)

He Should Know It takes a great man to be a good listener. … Calvin Coolidge   Strange Advice Be careful of your virtues; they may turn out to be vices.   Yugoslavian Proverb He who picks up a thorn on the road has one less sin, for had he stepped on it, he would have cursed.   [more...]

October 28, 2014 // 0 Comments


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Oct. 25, 2014)

Ancient Wisdom Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. … Leonardo da Vinci   Intuition In 1939, Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) published an article in the periodical “Christendom” as a general discussion of the ethics of Reverence for Life, which promotes the philosophy that [more...]

October 23, 2014 // 0 Comments


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Oct. 18, 2014)

Self Delusion The man who thinks he loves a woman for her own sake is very much mistaken. … La Rochefoucauld   Bad News Because of current economic conditions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.   Turkish Proverb He who eats when he is full digs his grave with his [more...]

October 16, 2014 // 0 Comments


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Oct. 18, 2014)

A Timely Tip Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Don’t overdo it. …Lao-Tsze   Plain and Fancy Mary wears her hair down. Marie wears her hair up.   From the Word Lab Jingo: A corruption of Jainko, the Basque Supreme Being. “By Jingo!” or “By the living Jingo!” [more...]

October 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

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