Articles by CK Garabed

About CK Garabed (147 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 (April 11, 2015)

Testimony   Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded empires; but upon what do these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded his empire upon love; and to this very day millions would die for him.   Cynicism   Some go to church to see and be [more...]

April 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 4, 2015)

Armenian Proverb   Money gives light to a dark place.   Lucine’s Observation   It is better to take a pill than to be one.   Helpful Advice   A certain gentleman had suffered some reverses, and was feeling dejected when he entered a diner to have a little something to [more...]

April 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (March 28, 2015)

Well-placed Amplification Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.   … Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet   Zodiac The 12 signs of the Zodiac are associated with the 12 Roman deities, thus:                     Spring The Ram is wise [more...]

March 21, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (March 7, 2015)

A Plug for Honesty Make yourself an honest man and then you may be sure there is one rascal less in the world. … Thomas Carlyle   The Jackdaw of Rheims The cardinal-archbishop of Rheims made a great feast, to which he invited all the joblillies of the neighborhood. There were abbots and [more...]

March 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

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

To Tell the Truth Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children. … Oliver Wendell Holmes   Irish Proverb It’s the deaf people that create the lies.   A Toast to Moderation He who goes forth with a fifth on the Fourth may not come forth on the [more...]

February 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

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

Maxim How can we expect someone else to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves? … La Rochefoucauld   Armenian Proverb There are many things that, until you learn them, you cannot do; there are also things that, until you do them, you cannot learn.   Daffy-nition Mushroom: The [more...]

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 14, 2015)

Sage Advice “Good, old-fashioned ways keep hearts sweet, heads sane, hands busy.” … Louisa May Alcott   Daffy-nition Reincarnation: When a certain red flower comes back to life.   The Class Reunion How the hallowed halls echo with singing! How memory tugs at the heart, When the [more...]

February 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 7, 2015)

Victimization It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. … Samuel Johnson   Lament of an 18-Year-Old Recruit I’m old enough to give my life for my country, but not old enough to drink.   The Monkey’s Viewpoint Three monkeys sat [more...]

February 6, 2015 // 0 Comments


Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 31, 2015)

Smart Alecs No fools are so difficult to manage as those with some brains.   … La Rochefoucauld   Tongue Twister How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? He’d chuck all the wood that a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.   Piso’s [more...]

January 31, 2015 // 1 Comment


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

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