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.
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.
Ring those bells: Election season is finally over
Published: November 14, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera expresses her joy at election season being over and discusses an unusual effect it has had on her.
In the quiet stillness of the voting booth
Published: November 04, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her memories of voting.
Of harvest moons and bright plastic masks
Published: October 27, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera shares her childhood memories of autumn and Halloween as well as her memories with her kids at this time.
I cook better when the chill winds of October blow
Published: October 20, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her love for cold weather and tamales.
Another birthday passes by with memories of the year before
Published: October 13, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera shares memories from her year as another birthday passes by.
You donít get to tell me Iím wrong
Published: October 07, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her love for chocolate to make a point about preferences.
When lowering your standards really means being content
Published: October 03, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her attitude toward Pinterest and home decorating.
Donít miss autumn to find Christmas
Published: September 23, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera talks about her manner of slowly transitioning through seasons.
On flea markets, grungy neighborhoods and staying spontaneous
Published: September 19, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses an outing to Cleveland to visit a new scene.
The gray kitten who had no name
Published: September 09, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera shares a horror story and a recent event that caused her to own her first cat in 15 years.
When our words have lost their peace
Published: August 31, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses the negativity behind many of the words directed at people and advises people to be more careful.
A family rendezvous in New York City
Published: August 26, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses a family trip to New York to visit her son.
Ride with me on my pink Huffy bike through Berlin
Published: August 18, 2016
Columnist Missy Hererra discusses her memories of the Berlin she grew up in as opposed to the changes taking place today.
Iím mostly a writer of small pages
Published: August 15, 2016
Columnist Missy Hererra discusses the novel she is writing and her determination to complete it.
Golden summer, Pioneer Days and a sky full of freedom
Published: August 08, 2016
Columnist Missy Hererra looks back on her childhood summers spent reading and participating in Pioneer Days.
Stop adding sugar to your salsa, or Iíll unfriend you
Published: August 03, 2016
Columnist Missy Hererra discusses meals that she loves to make and eat during the summer season.
What made us great then and now
Published: July 25, 2016
Columnist Missy Hererra argues that our country is still great despite many of the things making news today.
Diners, motels and neon signs: What youíre missing on Americaís byways
Published: July 19, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her love for motels during her travels.
When you give your children room to fly, donít expect a return
Published: July 14, 2016
Columnist Missy Hererra discusses her three children and the lives they have chosen to pursue.
The current status of whatís been filling up my weeks
Published: July 05, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera talks about her summer activities with family.
So this is how it feels
Published: June 28, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses the championship victory for the Cavs in game seven.
The evil that grows inside all of us
Published: June 21, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses a recent tragedy and her response to such things.
The neighbor and the $5 patio set that saved me
Published: June 03, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses how her neighbor and a $5 patio set got her and her husband through a turbulent time.
Little or much: What is the real blessing?
Published: May 30, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses a time she spent on her porch pondering what it means to be blessed.
The clearly marked path of the most defiant
Published: May 25, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her past as more of a conformist and explains her change in thinking over the years, which led her to desire the path less taken.
This house is a place to call home
Published: May 17, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera recounts her experience of how a fixer-upper became her family's beloved home. In the end, she learned that a home is what you make it to be.
Prayers and the common ailments of social media
Published: May 09, 2016
Columnist Missy Herrera writes about her approach to social media.
In which I learn that cooking equals love: Part II
Published: May 02, 2016
Missy continues to tell readers about the impact that her relationship with cooking has made on her life.