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 (Jan. 28, 2017)

Arabic Proverb When a learned man errs he makes a learned error.   Advice from a Statesman In matters of principle, stand like a rock: In matters of taste, swim with the current.   Consolatory Words Everyone likes to pull the lion’s tail.   Psychoanalysis The Old Mandarin was always [more...]

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 21, 2017)

A Modern Aphorism Weakness of character is often mistaken for modesty.   Freudian Slip A district attorney with a reputation for badgering witnesses gave everyone in court a big laugh when he said to the judge, “The persecution rests.”   Russian Proverb A kind word is better than a [more...]

January 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 7, 2017)

Look and See It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. … Henry David Thoreau   From the Trivia File During World War II, the Oscar statuettes were made of plaster and were traded in for gold only after the war.   Self-Preservation Company president to [more...]

January 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 24, 2016)

Doctor’s Adage Without pains, No gains. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1735  Double Entendre A haughty matron was looking at a proof of a photograph of her that had just been taken at a swank photography studio. “This is an outrage,” she exclaimed; “now I ask you, does this picture look like [more...]

December 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 17, 2016)

Egyptian Proverb No one can circumvent the skillful of heart. They who know his wisdom do not attack him, and no misfortune occurs where he is. Truth comes to him fully brewed, in accordance with the sayings of the ancestors.   From the Trivia File The Chatookee is an Indian bird that never [more...]

December 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

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

From Lectures on the English Poets Fame is not popularity. It is the spirit of a man surviving himself in the minds and thoughts of other men. …William Hazlitt The Virtue of Anonymity The first aid specialist, instructing a class of Girl Scouts, asked: “Why does a surgeon wear a mask while [more...]

December 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

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

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