Letting the cat out of the bag

Letting the cat out of the bag

Thoughts on the recent publication of Myopia, a memoir  In the first place, a memoir is not an autobiography, so that I was able to write about what I thought were important incidents that would emphasize the points I wished to make in writing the book. Secondly, I am in the process of retiring as a psychoanalyst and I think my patients have probably known me pretty well. They may not have had access to the details, but I’m guessing that I have, over the years, revealed much more about myself than I am aware, just by being who I am. This memoir was written, rewritten, stuffed in a box in my closet, pulled out and written and rewritten again. Initially, my sister and I thought we might write the book together, calling it “Double Vision.” My sister is an...

On learning a new language, and gaining a family

On learning a new language, and gaining a family

As I broke the Ramadan fast with my Turkish teacher, I took a moment to reflect For the second year in a row, my dear friend and Turkish teacher has invited my husband and me, along with our Turkish class, to break the Ramadan fast with her and her lovely family. This year has been quite a year for Muhsine Aykac, our beautiful teacher. She received her master’s degree in education a couple of weeks after becoming a United States citizen. Her husband, Salih, is working on his dissertation to receive his Ph.D. These are hard working people who are raising three beautiful children as good Muslims and good citizens in Albuquerque. We are so fortunate to know them. They have become family. And because of Muhsine’s sincere heart, we have all grown under her tutelage in...

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