Carrie Tatro

Carrie Tatro

writer

Carrie Tatro is a freelance writer based in Atlanta, GA, who has been on board with HowStuffWorks since January 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Lit with a minor in journalism from Georgia State University. A seminary drop-out, her favorite theologians are Flannery O’Connor, David Sedaris and Alan Watts, who nailed it when he said, “Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”

Carrie worked as a technical writer in Communications at the Georgia Tech Research Institute for several years before moving on to pursue her passion for books. She became the manager and buyer for a large collectible bookstore where she honed her skills and went on to enjoy 15 years as an independent bookseller, specializing in rare and out of print books.

Carrie lives with her husband, George, and a mellow Harrier hound named Rosie, in an old house full of books, folk art and second-hand furniture. She enjoys trail walking and is learning to play the ukulele.


Recent Contributions

When the wind starts whipping and the weather gets wild, it's important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

By Carrie Tatro

Ranunculus is a genus containing more than 600 species, all of which are beautiful, but toxic to both humans and animals.

By Carrie Tatro

Tiger lilies have it all – they're edible, have healing properties and act as perfect pollinator magnets. They're also long-lasting, strikingly beautiful and super easy to grow.

By Carrie Tatro

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Bee balm is one of those staple plants that gardeners love for its beauty, its many varieties and its value as a magnet for pollinators.

By Carrie Tatro

A sudden (or subsequent) temporary upsurge of grief, or STUG, can knock you off your feet and leave you in a puddle, but being aware of it can lessen its power.

By Carrie Tatro

Biochemically like a heron and anatomically similar to a pelican, the shoebill stork has been called "Monsterface" and even "Death Pelican." But wait until you hear the staccato rat-a-tat-tat of its booming machine-gun call.

By Carrie Tatro

Floriography — the association of flowers with special virtues and sentiments — has been a practice from antiquity to the present day.

By Carrie Tatro

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Believed to have operated between 1821 and 1861, the Saltwater Underground Railroad refers to the coastal escape route followed by fugitive slaves into the British-controlled Bahamas.

By Carrie Tatro

Yes – it could happen to you, good person. KABOOM! It's fairly rare, but a potentially catastrophic rind failure lurks under the green-striped shell of every seemingly innocent watermelon in the produce aisle.

By Carrie Tatro

Award-winning poet and fiction writer Mary Soon Lee has found a charming way to combine science and poetry in a refreshing new take on the periodic table of elements.

By Carrie Tatro

Frederick Douglass' pivotal 19th century abolitionist newspaper has been relaunched for a 21st century audience.

By Carrie Tatro

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By Carrie Tatro

The last vestiges of America's early transcontinental airmail beacon system still exist as giant arrows across the landscape.

By Carrie Tatro

Who hasn't had their delicious green guac turn into brown slime overnight? Here's how to save it.

By Carrie Tatro

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We spend millions on dishwashing detergents every year, but how necessary is soap to the cleanliness of our dishes?

By Carrie Tatro

Love your sexy red-soled Louboutins? Did you know that way before they came along, high heels were worn by men as a sign of power and privilege?

By Carrie Tatro

The images of our ancestors are locked away and disappearing on tarnished silver plates. Scientists have found a way to bring them back to life.

By Carrie Tatro

The intent of Right to Try is to make the process of obtaining last-ditch, potentially life-saving drugs easier for terminally ill patients by avoiding FDA strictures altogether.

By Carrie Tatro

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Bees "beard" together, sometimes to swarm, but usually to keep the hive cool during hot summer weather.

By Carrie Tatro