Thanks for the thoughtful response, Isidra. You should avail yourself of Medium’s tools. I just think writing shouldn’t be treated as if it were being made in a factory. Standards are important, but cookie cutters, as you say, are detrimental to original writing.
I grew up in the U.S., but my family is from Spain. My dad is from Murcia and my mom from outside Toledo, although they suspect the name may in fact be Catalan. We don’t know for sure. One of these days, I’m going to look into it!