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At HowStuffWorks, Katherine has edited and written her way through a series of books, a newspaper column and the Web site. A southerner for real, Katherine has a deep and abiding love of sweet tea and can rock an accent on command.
Jessika has traveled to 47 of the 48 continental United States -- New Mexico, you're the big holdout. Besides being a staff writer for HowStuffWorks.com, Jessika enjoys painting, expanding her vegetarian recipe repertoire and spending afternoons by the pool.
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A wide open expanse of bright green grass is harder to create than it may look. We'll show you not only how to get started and choose the right seeds, but also how to plan for movement and accents on your lawn.
Imagine driving down a tree-lined street with the windows down on a sunny day, a warm rush of air streaming through your hair... OK, snap out of your reverie. Before you start mapping out the route to the nearest beach, you just might want to learn some valuable car-buying tips.
Podcasting may be the ultimate democratization of radio. Anyone with an Internet connection and some inexpensive audio equipment can produce their own podcast and make it available online.
The chance that you'll be shipwrecked on a deserted island and have to start a fire is slim. But let's imagine that you're lost somewhere and it's getting dark and you don't have any matches. What do you do now?
Cheaters never prosper, right? Apparently not in video games. Otherwise, developers wouldn't encode cheat codes right into the games themselves. But the easy road isn't always easy.
You can start investing even with a modest income. There's no need to keep procrastinating until the time is right. As little as $25 a month could get you closer to the life you dream of.
The toilet is one of the most important fixtures in your home. Although toilets are sturdy and reliable components of the plumbing system, it's a rare homeowner or apartment-dweller who never has any problems with a toilet.
Sooner or later, most of us decide to try our hand at growing a few favorite herbs. Herbs are survive in all kinds of conditions. Learn how to design and plant an herb garden.
You don't need a new car or new technology to tell you how "green" you're driving. It's easy to calculate your vehicle's average miles per gallon (and your fuel cost) each time you fill up.
Jessika chronicles her trip-scheduling preparations for a European trip. For those of you planning an elaborate vacation — and for those who simply wish you were — see how she's kicking off her colossal planning efforts.