A Psychotherapist’s Journey…

After the successful publication of my memoir, SHE’S NOT HERSELF, I now have the time and am excited to revive my blog of 3 years, A Psychotherapist’s Journey . As in the past, I will continue to post each week, advocating for mental health by addressing issues that are psychologically and culturally relevant to our times. Named TOP BLOGGER in the field of Mental Health by WELLsphere – an on-line site whose mission was “to help millions of people live healthier, happier lies by connecting them with the knowledge, people and tools needed to manage and improve their health” –I gained a readership in Europe, Singapore, the Philippines, as well as in the States. I hope that past readers will faithfully return and that A Psychotherapist’s Journey will attract new readers who will also subscribe, leave comments, and enter into conversations with me and with each other.

WOW! Women on Writing Author Spotlight: Claudette Sutton

I am very pleased to participate in the WOW! Women on Writing Book Blog Tour of Farewell, Aleppo with this Author Spotlight. I am pleased to support a fellow author.

About Claudette Sutton

It’s no coincidence that family is the central focus of both Farewell, Aleppo and the work that has been the driving force of its author’s professional life.

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in the close-knit community of Syrian Jews all were part of Claudette Sutton’s childhood in suburban Maryland, along with her parents and siblings. Years later, as a young mother in Santa Fe, it seemed only natural to think of creating a similar kind of close support for families in her new hometown by means of her journalism training and experience.

Thus began what is now Tumbleweeds, an award-winning local publication that for over twenty years has been expanding its role in serving the city’s families. As the quarterly newspaper has grown, so have its scope and community contributions, mixing news, commentary, personal writing, advice, and activity guides—all reflecting Claudette’s vision of a community resource to help her neighbors face the challenges of parenting.

Claudette’s eloquent writing, the other great strength she combines with the paper’s wide-ranging utility, has been a door to the world for her since she was a teen-ager. As a reporter, she realized early, “You can learn about everything”—a much more appealing option after high school than the enforced specialization of college.

After three years writing for the Montgomery County Sentinel in Maryland, Claudette moved to New York, where she earned a bachelor’s degree from the New School for Social Research. Living in proximity to another side of her extensive family, she built a deeper understanding of the Jewish exodus from Syria that has formed the backdrop for the story she tells so movingly in Farewell, Aleppo.

The narrative chronicles her father’s youth, his odyssey across oceans and continents, and the new life he made in America. But as Claudette talked with him and researched more deeply, she saw also the essential elements of the larger tale. What began as one man’s story grew into a portrait of the history that made his journey necessary, and of how a vibrant people have preserved their community and culture through the thousands of years from biblical times to today.

Find Claudette Online

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Farewell, Aleppo
My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home

The Jews of Aleppo, Syria, had been part of the city’s fabric for more than two thousand years, in good times and bad, through conquerors and kings. But in the middle years of the twentieth century, all that changed.

To Selim Sutton, a merchant with centuries of roots in the Syrian soil, the dangers of rising anti-Semitism made clear that his family must find a new home. With several young children and no prospect of securing visas to the United States, he devised a savvy plan for getting his family out: “exporting” his sons. In December 1940, he told the two oldest, Meïr and Saleh, that arrangements had been made for their transit to Shanghai, where they would work in an uncle’s export business. China, he hoped, would provide a short-term safe harbor and a steppingstone to America. (more…)