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The Vine: February 3, 2016
February 3, 2016 – 11:36 AM | 20 Comments
The Vine: February 3, 2016

I've just watched The Revenant and there's a scene where Leo climbs inside a dead animal for warmth.

The Vine: January 27, 2016
January 27, 2016 – 9:56 AM | 11 Comments
The Vine: January 27, 2016

Assuming you aren't utterly sick of him, I was wondering if your opinion of Pete Rose has changed since it came out he bet on games not just as a manager, but as a player? …

The Vine: January 20, 2016
January 20, 2016 – 10:29 AM | 4 Comments
The Vine: January 20, 2016

There are a number of books I read as a younger woman that I wish I could find and read again, but for whatever reason, this one has been bedeviling me of late.

The Vine: January 13, 2016
January 13, 2016 – 1:59 PM | 5 Comments
The Vine: January 13, 2016

So, there's a short story I read in high school that I remember very little about, except for a few key details:

The Vine: January 6, 2016
January 6, 2016 – 11:20 AM | 11 Comments
The Vine: January 6, 2016

I adopted 3 littermates very recently. I've known them since they were 5 weeks old; they are now about 5 months old, and since day one with me have been settling into their furever home. …

The Vine: December 16, 2015
December 16, 2015 – 12:38 PM | 20 Comments
The Vine: December 16, 2015

I'm writing to you with yet another cat question as I know you've introduced new cats into your house at different times over the years.

The Vine: December 9, 2015
December 9, 2015 – 3:34 PM | 17 Comments
The Vine: December 9, 2015

There's a scene from a film that I saw, perhaps in the '90s, perhaps earlier, that I can't get out of my head due to its sheer irreverence and ballsiness, but for the life of …

The Vine: December 2, 2015
December 2, 2015 – 3:36 PM | 14 Comments
The Vine: December 2, 2015

This is a book my mother used to read with me back in the day (late '70s, early '80s), and we used to laugh and laugh. Somewhere along the way I lost the book. I …

The Vine: September 23, 2015
September 23, 2015 – 12:35 PM | 9 Comments
The Vine: September 23, 2015

Despite being a bit introverted and not particularly talkative, I usually don't have much trouble expressing myself. However, life has recently thrown me a curve that I didn't see coming and I'm not sure how …

The Vine: September 2, 2015
September 2, 2015 – 9:07 AM | 43 Comments
The Vine: September 2, 2015

I recently moved out on my own after 11 years of living with roommates, and while I really love the chance to cook creatively and without the picky restrictions of others, I'm finding that I'm …