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Melissa Herrera

A lifelong resident of Holmes County, Missy's world is larger than the view off her front porch. With a keen eye for uncovering worthwhile junk, she has sifted and sorted through the thrift stores and garage sales of the area. Missy is a wife of twenty years to Antonio, and mom to three lovely and irreverent teenagers. Any given day you'll find her screaming at her kids soccer games and simply loving the life she's been given.


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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.

In which I learn that cooking equals love: Part I
Published: April 25, 2016

Missy learns that there is a lot more to cooking than just preparing food.

On writing the words
Published: April 18, 2016

Missy writes on the joys and, sometimes, the difficulties of being a writer.

No day without music
Published: April 11, 2016

Melissa writes on the importance of music in her life.

You are enough, sweet wives and mothers, but donít forget your ambitions
Published: April 04, 2016

Missy Herrera reminds mothers and wives that they are not only "enough," but that they must remember their own ambitions, too.

Cancer sucks, so eat One-Egg Cake with chocolate sauce
Published: March 28, 2016

Missy writes on how cake is, in good times and bad, usually the answer.

Missyís life inside of the fence
Published: March 21, 2016

Missy writes on the securities a fence can provide and also the borders it can also put up.

The freelancerís guide to working from home
Published: March 14, 2016

Melissa writes on what it's like to work from home.

Life is enriched both by books and movies in entirely equal measure
Published: March 07, 2016

Melissa writes on how her life is enriched by books and movies.

The magic of ordinary days
Published: February 29, 2016

Missy writes on the magic of very ordinary days.

Love doesn’t come in a red candy box
Published: February 22, 2016

Missy writes on how love is a powerful emotion, one that should never become dusty, waiting for one day out of the calendar to pull out all the stops.

It only takes one negative comment to truly take the life of someoneís dream
Published: February 15, 2016

Columnist Melissa Herrera writes on how it only takes a single negative column to really impact someone in a negative way.

The backyard oasis I tend in my mind
Published: February 08, 2016

Columnist Missy Herrera writes on her experiences with agriculture right in her backyard.

Doing your best to finish the entire race
Published: February 01, 2016

Melissa looks back on playing organized sports in high school and writes on the importance (and difficulty) of maintaing a healthy lifestyle.

Adventures in the shower: part II
Published: January 25, 2016

Columnist Missy Herrera continues telling her readers about her shower mishaps in this part two of a two-part column series.

Adventures in the shower
Published: January 18, 2016

Melissa Hererra writes on some of the joys and sorrows of her home's (once) small bathroom. This is part one of a to-be-continued column.

A tale of gray skies and silent minutes
Published: January 11, 2016

Columnist Missy Herrera writes on how it's entirely possible to enjoy oneself all by oneself, without ever leaving the house.

I bleed orange, brown and hope
Published: January 04, 2016

Columnist Missy Herrera writes on the trials and tribulations of being a Cleveland Browns fan.

Itís nearly 2016, so what have you done?
Published: December 28, 2015

Melissa Hererra looks back on 2015.

Falling gently into Christmas
Published: December 21, 2015

Melissa Hererra writes about falling gently into Christmas.

For the moms: Say your name. Now repeat it.
Published: December 14, 2015

Columnist Missy Hererra writes about the beautiful, bittersweet nature of motherhood.



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