This Ain’t Your Granny’s Washing Machine, But It Sure Smells Like It

I don’t want fabric softener in my laundry. The machine is in Spanish, I think. I’m in Barcelona so maybe it’s in Catalan and that’s the thing that always confuses me about this place. Sometimes it’s Catalan or nothing. Other times it’s Castillian. I can’t read either so cancelling the softener is out of the question. I pack light and only bring quick dry clothing. Softener coats the fibers of the garments and ruins their ability to wick moisture and do the things I want them to do the most – repel water and quick dry.

The big sign just inside the door, that’s also in English, went entirely unnoticed by yours truly. 4 minutes into the wash cycle, I saw it. 4 minutes after I’d already added my perfume, dye, and softener-free soap pod that I’d carted from the States into the mix. 

  • Load only your clothing and Don’t Add Soap! 
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Barbara Kingsolver: Flight Behavior

I just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior and I thought it would be fun do a book review and talk about what I liked about the book from a writing perspective. My first reaction: I liked this book.

I could completely identify with the main character, Dellarobia. Kingsolver did a fantastic job of showing us her life without laying on the melodrama. This character was very aware of how her decisions had landed her in a stale marriage with two kids and a dissatisfying stint as a stay at home mom. She blames no one, she doesn’t feel sorry for herself, she simply lays out the facts of what has gotten her there and how she feels about her situation. Including how she feels when she runs toward, and wants to embrace, big mistakes. But that’s not all.

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In Review: Watch Me Go

Almost a year ago, I read Mark Wisniewski‘s short story “Straightaway” and was bowled over by how he created white-knuckle tension. Well, have I got good news! That conflict packed tale has grown into a novel titled Watch Me Go and it’s even more hair raising than the original short story.

In “Straightaway” our main character, a young black man from the Bronx, is hauling junk for cash and gets tangled up in the removal of a 55 gallon drum from the crawlspace of house in the middle of nowhere. The premise alone is enough to elevate your blood pressure. Now, enter the extended version, Watch Me Go, and Wisniewski introduces the horse racing culture of upstate New York, and a new character, Jan, whose father was a renown jockey until his early death.

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