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Melissa Herrera

Melissa is a Holmes County native with a soul that yearns to trek the world. A semi-empty-nester, she loves to explore back roads and small towns with her husband Antonio. A self-proclaimed word/grammar snob, she is also an avid movie person and book hoarder. Currently writing her novel inch by inch, she lives outside Berlin with her husband. Her three kids are scattered across the country - one out of college and two attending. Her favorite quote is. "Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" - Mary Oliver. You can find Melissa at her blog, Women Who Eat Chocolate: http://melissakayherrera.blogspot.com/ as well as Facebook and Twitter.


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Readying the yard for her winter's nap
Published: November 13, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her final lap of mowing for the season and her outlook on yard work.

All is fair in love and compromise: A kitchen table story
Published: November 06, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses a battle over a kitchen table.

Losing oneself on the back roads of life
Published: October 30, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses autumn and the ways she will honor her mother's memory this season.

The bliss in adventuring alone
Published: October 23, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses days she spends alone in an act of self-care.

Because of you, not despite you
Published: October 16, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses the impact her mother has had on her life.

Whether in kindness or fury
Published: October 09, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her changing personality over the years.

It's the sausage gravy that binds us
Published: September 29, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses the things she and her husband do together to unwind.

Confess your unpopular opinion: Part deux
Published: September 25, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses unpopular opinions as a follow-up to a previous column.

Annual rant: I'll do it on my time
Published: September 18, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses the transition of seasons and her stance on decorating.

Evacuating the hurricanes we create
Published: September 11, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her view on how change in life can be good or bad.

Claiming colorblindness in a multi-colored world
Published: September 04, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses melanin and colorblindness.

Our children need us to let them go
Published: August 28, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera reminisces of her kids' days in school and their growing into adults.

'They're just a little different than us'
Published: August 18, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses the views she was raised under and her change of beliefs over time.

Confess your unpopular opinion: A purging
Published: August 14, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses some of her opinions after finding a hashtag challenge that said: #confessyourunpopularopinion.

What remains of a cracked coffee cup
Published: August 07, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her view on decluttering and the memories behind some of the items we keep.

Indifference defined in 140 characters or less
Published: July 31, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her view on being aware of things happening in the country and discerning truth.

Surviving summer without a fairy garden
Published: July 21, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses the details of her summer.

Your story is a raging fire: Tell it
Published: July 17, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her belief that people should get their stories out there.

Welcome to my imperfect home
Published: July 10, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses differing views on hospitality and what it means to her.

70 times 7 until it hurts
Published: July 01, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her perspective on freedom and giving.

My consent is not yours to take
Published: June 19, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera shares why consent is the last line of self preservation.

Summer as seen through 3 tomato plants
Published: June 11, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses the planting of some tomato plants she recently obtained.

Delicious shores and endless brunches of South Florida
Published: April 14, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses a vacation she and her husband went on in South Florida.

All is fair in yard work and war
Published: April 07, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her battle with the lawn each year.

Itís called a davenport
Published: April 03, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her belief in the value of resting.

Letting out the whirling dervish of potential we so often abandon
Published: March 24, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her changing perspective in life and how it affects her writing.

There is no right or wrong way, only how it happened
Published: March 17, 2017

Columnist Missy Hererra gives her view on immigration.

The Queen of Kitsch: Simplifying and meaning it
Published: March 12, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her view on simplifying.

The demand and disregard for the pleasurable distraction of entertainment
Published: March 06, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her love for entertainment and the arts as well as her view on every person's right to have an opinion.

Dropping the 'us before them' way of thinking
Published: February 24, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her desire to get to know others and her belief in helping all people.

Choosing each other daily in a heart-shaped-box world
Published: February 17, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her belief of giving time and effort in relationships.

Feel the butterflies, then chase them away
Published: February 13, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her belief in the importance of beginning when it comes to accomplishments and goals.

Civility amongst the stampeding hordes
Published: February 03, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her belief in being able to talk and disagree with people in a civil manner.

People who love books and bookshelves are my tribe
Published: January 30, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her love for reading.

Erasing violence and spreading love: A 2:30 a.m. phone call
Published: January 23, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses a shooting in a club her daughter was at.

Found magic inside the dusty jacket of an LP
Published: January 12, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses music and a situation from her past concerning Amy Grant.

Whatís bubbling in your kitchen when winter arrives at its thickest?
Published: January 05, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses one of her favorite seasons and her cooking tendencies during this time.

Waving goodbye and not looking back
Published: January 02, 2017

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses things she learned and experienced over the course of 2016.

Unconditional love found on the cold streets
Published: December 22, 2016

Columnist Missy Herrera continues the story of her husband's childhood when he was lost.

Let others come into focus this Christmas
Published: December 19, 2016

Columnist Missy Herrera shares a story of a poor child in search of love during Christmas.

Old Man Winter, please come swiftly, bringing your wares
Published: December 08, 2016

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her love for snow and shares some memories of winter.

Me: Before and after
Published: December 05, 2016

Columnist Missy Herrera talks about who she was in the past and who she is now.

Stopping the maddening dash to Christmas
Published: November 25, 2016

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses the transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Gathering up the shadows in the waning light
Published: November 21, 2016

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses the change of the season, a book she is reading and a trinket that brings her happiness.



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