Articles by CK Garabed

About CK Garabed (246 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 (Aug. 5, 2017)

Literal and Figurative Advice Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need. —Julia Child Johnny-on-the-Spot He had heard that widows were inclined to grant a great deal of latitude, so he went in for the whole 180 degrees. Cumberland and Sheridan Cumberland, the playwright, was [more...]

August 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 22, 2017)

Armenian Proverb Don’t buy a house, buy a neighbor. Don’t Tell a Lie She sat in a hammock and strummed her guitar. He sat down beside her and smoked his cigar. He told her he loved her and oh, how he lied She told him she loved him but she didn’t lie. They were to be married but she up and [more...]

July 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 8, 2017)

Newspaper Headline Crack in Toilet Bowl Leads to Three Arrests Our Fascist Dime (By Robert R. Van Ryzin) Among the many false rumors spread about U.S. coins over the years was that the appearance of the “fasces,” an ancient Roman symbol of authority, on the Mercury dime (1916-1945) was linked [more...]

July 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 1, 2017)

Entry in an Autograph Album Say it with flowers Say it with mink But never, never Say it with ink. The Ins and Outs He who looks outside dreams. He who looks inside awakens. …Carl Gustav Jung, the father of analytical psychology A Brilliant Hue A young lady, on being asked which was the most [more...]

July 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 24, 2017)

Self-Knowledge He who knows himself best esteems himself least. H.G. Bohn Two Key Men in a Dead Lock I fail to appreciate twelve-tone music Because there is no key: For me the music is enlocked; A lock that has no key is dead. Therefore, Schoenberg and I remain deadlocked. A Slight Misapprehension [more...]

June 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 17, 2017)

Daffy-nition Epitaph: a monumental lie. An Anonymous View of Married Life Some go to night clubs And some take to liquor But some, to fight boredom, Just sit there and bicker. When evenings are dullish For man and for wife, A spat’s just the ticket To bring things to life. A word of suspicion, A [more...]

June 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 10, 2017)

Armenian Proverb The friend who doesn’t regularly come and go becomes a stranger; the stranger who regularly comes and goes becomes a friend. On Deviation from Orthodoxy Leave no turn unstoned. Daffy-nition Breeding: the quality that enables a person to wait in well-mannered silence while the [more...]

June 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 3, 2017)

  Folk Wisdom The man with time to burn never gave the world any light.   From One Who Knows Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. …Ezra Pound   Why Worry There are only two things to worry about, either you are healthy or you are [more...]

June 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 27, 2017)

Old Time Adage The trouble with secrets is that they’re either not worth keeping, or they’re too good to keep. Footprints in the Sand One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two [more...]

May 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 20, 2017)

  Swedish Proverb One should go invited to a friend in good fortune and uninvited in misfortune. Daffy-nition Snob: A person who wants to know only the people who don’t want to know him. Divided Kingdom MATT.iii.24. If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. “Divide [more...]

May 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

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