Articles by CK Garabed

About CK Garabed (230 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 (Nov. 19, 2016)

Occult Exposure Mockery is at the heart of Satanism. …Michael Hoffman   In and Out In the ranks of our Armenian organizations, there are a significant number of self-promoters who know how to talk themselves in. Unfortunately for them, they don’t know when to stop, and eventually talk [more...]

November 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Nov. 12, 2016)

Armenian Folk Music History Gomidas Vartabed created the 300-member “Kusan” Choir and gave concerts in various places in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt. Five of its members (Parsegh Ganatchian, Mihran Toumajan, Vartan Sarxian, Vagharshag Servantsdiantz, and Haig Semerjian) took classes of music [more...]

November 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Nov. 5, 2016)

Apegha In the Armenian Church the term apegha serves to designate a celibate priest who has fulfilled his final vows, but has yet to complete his doctoral dissertation to be ordained a vartabed. In the history of Armenian music Apegha, a novice, is the title character in Armenian composer Parsegh [more...]

November 1, 2016 // 2 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Oct. 15, 2016)

Can’t Have One Without the Other Where the light is brightest, the shadows are darkest. …Goethe   Past, Present, Future But for what was, what is could never be.   Daffy-nition Bank: an institution where you can borrow money if you can present sufficient evidence that you don’t need [more...]

October 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Oct. 8, 2016)

Arabian Proverb Never give advice in a crowd.   Ghost of a Chance An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. …Bishop Fulton J. Sheen   Daffy-nition Kiss: A noun, though often used as a conjunction; it is never declined—it is more common than proper and is used in the [more...]

October 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Oct. 1, 2016)

Proverbially Speaking A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom. …Lord John Russell   Modern Philosophy Most men, generically speaking, labor under the illusion that there is a supreme being, just and benevolent. This illusion gives order and meaning to their lives, and gives them [more...]

September 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Sept. 10, 2016)

A Sly Put Down The original Greek is of great use in elucidating Browning’s translation of the Agamemnon. … Robert Yelverton Tyrrell   The American Way The typical successful American businessman was born in the country, where he worked diligently so he could live in the city, where he [more...]

September 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Sept. 3, 2016)

The High Price of Glory Rigidly classical, you save Your praise for poets in the grave. Forgive me, it’s not worth my while Dying to earn your critical smile. …Martial   Contrary advice Always advise a friend to do that which you are sure he is not going to do. Then if his venture fails, [more...]

September 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 20, 2016)

Of Scholarship and Academe One learns more from a good scholar in a rage than from a score of lucid and laborious drudges. …Rudyard Kipling   From the Trivia File There was a time when Campbell Soup Company deliberately advertised “21 kinds of soup to choose from” and listed 22. For years, [more...]

August 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 6, 2016)

Of ‘Ulysses’ I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality. …James Joyce   Down to Basics Waiter: You sometimes find a pearl in an oyster stew. Customer: [more...]

August 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

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