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 (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

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 9, 2016)

A Modern Aphorism Self doubt is the most sincere manifestation of humility.   Ryan’s Law Make three consecutive guesses correctly and you will establish yourself as an expert.   The Promise of Religion Oh, to be in a state of bliss forever!   Daffy-nition Mother’s Day: Nine [more...]

July 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 2, 2016)

Unusual Adage Prudent cruelty is better than foolish pity. … Thomas Fuller   Sportsmanship He lost the game; No matter for that— He kept his temper, He swung his hat And cheered the winners— A better way, Than to lose his temper And win the day.   Beware! Gossip is the most deadly [more...]

July 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 25, 2016)

Guidance from a Rebel Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty. … Jefferson Davis   House Rules If any pilgrim monk come from distant parts, with wish as a guest to dwell in the monastery, and will be content with the customs which he finds in the place, and do not [more...]

June 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 18, 2016)

Unequal Results Praise makes good men better, and bad men worse. … Thomas Fuller   After-Speech Dinners Joseph H. Choate and Chauncey Depew were invited to a dinner. Mr. Choate was to speak, and it fell to the lot of Mr. Depew to introduce him, which he did thus: “Gentlemen, permit me to [more...]

June 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 11, 2016)

English Proverb Birds pay equal honors to all men.   Acronym on the Name Iacocca I Am Chairman Of Chrysler Corporation America   Birthstones For laundresses, the soapstone For architects, the cornerstone. For cooks, the puddingstone. For soldiers, the bloodstone. For politicians, [more...]

June 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 4, 2016)

Maxim Wisdom is to the soul what health is to the body. …La Rochefoucauld   An Early American Toast To the enemies of our country! May they have cobweb breeches, a porcupine saddle, a hard-trotting horse, and an eternal journey.   Sharp Politics During his first campaign for mayor [more...]

June 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 28, 2016)

A Right Hook Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. —Muhammad Ali   Hold On, There! The name of the well-known Irish tune is Londonderry Air, not London Derriere.   Opportunity Jones beset by stress and strife, Begged this single boon of life: “Give me half [more...]

May 31, 2016 // 1 Comment

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