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About CK Garabed (227 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 (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

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 30, 2016)

Holy Cow! Tennyson had the British Empire for God, and Queen Victoria for Virgin Mary. … Lady Gregory   Let’s Face It Everybody feels sorry for the blind man; no one can tolerate the deaf man.   Daffy-nition American: A man drinking Brazilian coffee from an English cup, while sitting [more...]

July 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 23, 2016)

Having It Both Ways The young always have the same problem—how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. … Quentin Crisp   West African [more...]

July 19, 2016 // 1 Comment

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 16, 2016)

On the Bestowal of Awards The King may give the honour, but thou art to make thyself honourable. … Thomas Fuller   Kindergarten Quiz Question: Why couldn’t they find Mozart’s teacher? Answer: Because he was Haydn.   Armenian Proverb They asked the camel, “Why is your neck [more...]

July 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

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