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The Vine

The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

Stories, True and Otherwise

Hobey, 1995-2014
March 28, 2014 · 211 Comments
Professor Sunbeam, June 2013

Professor Sunbeam, June 2013

One time, years ago, I started making a list of all the nicknames I had for the Hobe: Orangino. Hobey Wan. Clicks. Herr Mittenspiel. Grampy. Creamsicle. Tolstoy.

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The Vine: March 26, 2014
March 26, 2014 · 26 Comments
The Vine: March 26, 2014

My ex-husband and I have been divorced for 12 years, and I have custody of our 13-year-old son.
I am remarried, and my son visits his father somewhat irregularly, but often enough that they have …

The Vine: March 21, 2014
March 21, 2014 · 28 Comments
The Vine: March 21, 2014

My friends and I recall a certain scene opening from a book, but can't remember which book. It's kinda driving us crazy.

The Vine: March 19, 2014
March 19, 2014 · 6 Comments
The Vine: March 19, 2014

I have an old friend who is having some pretty serious mental health problems. We were close in the K-12 years and have drifted apart over the last decade-plus, but we still keep in touch.

TN Read-Along #18: The Good Nurse Live Chat
March 17, 2014 · 11 Comments
TN Read-Along #18: <em>The Good Nurse</em> Live Chat

The Good Nurse live chat is happening tomorrow — that's Tuesday March 18 — at 1 PM Eastern!

The Vine: March 14, 2014
March 14, 2014 · 29 Comments
The Vine: March 14, 2014

My mom has cancer. She's doing all right, and responding to the treatment, and feeling okay, and all; this isn't a cancer question.

In Which The New Donors Choose Office Makes It Quite Dusty In My Own
March 13, 2014 · 35 Comments
In Which The New Donors Choose Office Makes It Quite Dusty In My Own

You guys are a work of art. Lookit!

The Vine: March 7, 2014
March 7, 2014 · 7 Comments
The Vine: March 7, 2014

I hope that the good Nation will be able to help me find a book I loved as a kid. I'm pretty sure the book was something I ordered through a Scholastic catalog in the …

The Vine: March 5, 2014
March 5, 2014 · 40 Comments
The Vine: March 5, 2014

I'm going to be a groomslady in my childhood friend D's wedding to M. I love M and am thrilled for them, so that's not the issue.

The Vine: February 28, 2014
February 28, 2014 · 21 Comments
The Vine: February 28, 2014

I have something I've been researching for ages, and I'm hoping that you, as a devoted baseball fan, can help me.

The Vine: February 26, 2014
February 26, 2014 · 26 Comments
The Vine: February 26, 2014

My boyfriend is having some ongoing employment problems and I hope you can help me with how to deal with them because I feel like I'm really struggling.