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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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Letter: An Idea Whose Time May Never Come

Dear Editor: There is a concept lurking out in space waiting for someone to latch on to it. It involves today’s dispersed Western Armenians (who have fading hopes for future ties to the Republic of Armenia), and the Kurds of Turkey. What do they have in common? For one thing, they both lay claim [more...]

November 21, 2013 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 23, 2013)

What’s New? Politics are now nothing more than means of rising in the world. With this sole view do men engage in politics, and their whole conduct proceeds upon it. …Samuel Johnson   The Bee and the Cuckoo “Stop, Cuckoo,” said the Bee; “With my labors interferes That unpleasant [more...]

February 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Feb. 2, 2013)

On Punctuality People who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them. … E.V. Lucas   Italian Proverb After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box.   Legendary Horses Egyptian horses were famous and Solomon imported them and resold them to [more...]

January 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (January 12, 2013)

The Artist’s Palate The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a star. … Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French gourmet   A Little Misapprehension Boston blueblood (to new maid): Do you know anything of my wife’s whereabouts? New maid: Yes, sir. I put them [more...]

January 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Armen Babamian, Onnik Dinkjian, and Charles Kasbarian, the ‘Three Musketeers of Dikranagerd,’ and Hagopig Kadian, the ‘Bolsetsi D'Artagnan.’

A Personal Reminiscence of Armen Babamian

By Charles Kasbarian My first glimpse of Armen Babamian was in 1931 when I was four years old. My mother had enrolled my older brother and me in the Sunday School of Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church in Union City, N.J. At a certain point our teachers would take us into the sanctuary to witness [more...]

January 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 22, 2012)

Suspended Animation Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. … Edgar Allan Poe   American Proverb Some speak from experience; others, from experience, don’t speak.   A Toast Here’s to a friend. He knows you well and likes you [more...]

December 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 15, 2012)

To a Blockhead You beat your pate, and fancy wit will come; Knock as you please, there’s nobody at home. … Alexander Pope   If Only It Were So Heaven is getting the chance to live your life over again, but without the mistakes.   Play on Words To an existentialist pessimist a cymbal [more...]

December 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 8, 2012)

A Matter of Perspective Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached, but great men resemble them not in this particular. … Lady Marguerite Blessington   Daffy-nition Anti-semantic: Describing someone who is prejudiced against using meaningful words.   From the Hoover File [more...]

December 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Nov. 24, 2012)

On Friendship Give me the avowed, erect and manly foe: Firm I can meet, perhaps return the blow: Buy of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send, Save me, oh, save me, from the candid friend. …George Canning   English Proverb The sea refuses no river.   From the Word Lab Boo In the [more...]

November 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

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Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Nov. 10, 2012)

Reformation I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there, in prison, that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive. … Malcolm X   From the [more...]

November 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

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