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About CK Garabed (121 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.
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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 30, 2014)

Quotable Quite My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. … Henry Ford   Anticipation Teacher: Hrach, give me a sentence starting with “I.” Hrach: I is… Teacher: No, Hrach. Always say, “I am…” Hrach: All right… “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.” [more...]

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 23, 2014)

Attention, Poetasters! I believe that a poem ought to be translated in the way a poet himself would have composed it, had he belonged to the nation for which he is being translated. …Henrik Ibsen   From the Word Lab Lemniscate: The word for infinity symbol. ∞   Daffy-nition [more...]

August 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 16, 2014)

Delivery Guaranteed Death has got something to be said for it: There’s no need to get out of bed for it: Wherever you may be, They bring it to you, free. —Kingsley Amis   Swedish Proverb Fortune follows him who flees from it, and flees from him who seeks it.   Mock Shakespeare TB or [more...]

August 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 9, 2014)

Forbearance Nobody deserves to be praised for goodness unless he is strong enough to be bad, for any other goodness is usually merely inertia or lack of will-power. … La Rochefoucauld   Armenian Proverb When God wishes to make a poor man happy, He makes him lose his donkey, and then find it [more...]

August 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Aug. 2, 2014)

Then and Now Most young people think they are being natural when really they are just ill-mannered and rude. … La Rochefoucauld   From the Word Lab Calcutta: from Kali-cuttah (temple of the goddess Kali). Remember the movie “Gunga Din”?   Beat the Devil A farmer entered into a [more...]

July 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 26, 2014)

Hill-Billy Talk I’m not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president. … Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents.   Indian Proverb (Tamil) The comfort of the bed is not experienced by the mattress.   Classified Ad NORDIC [more...]

July 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 19, 2014)

From Will Rogers’ Notebook I had just enough white man’s blood in me to make my honesty questionable.   Just Musing When you consider the population of the world, you wonder where the garbage goes.   Revenge An editor is one who separates the wheat from the chaff and prints the chaff, [more...]

July 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 12, 2014)

On Culinary Art The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg. … Alexander Pope   From the Word Lab The longest one-syllable word in the English language is screeched.   Complaint I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose-fitting clothing. If I had any loose fitting [more...]

July 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 5, 2014)

Hungarian Proverb Good coffee should be black as the devil, hot as hell, and sweet as a kiss.   Committee Work Individuals can create music, literature, and paintings, but it takes a whole nation to come up with a language.   From the Trivia File It has been alleged that as a young man in [more...]

July 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (June 28, 2014)

Culpability Some old men continually praise the time of their youth. In fact, you would almost think that there were no fools in their days, but unluckily they themselves are left as an example. … Alexander Pope   Armenian Proverb He who does not fast cannot taste the true flavor of Easter. [more...]

July 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

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