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The Vine: April 20, 2016
April 20, 2016 – 12:24 PM | 26 Comments
The Vine: April 20, 2016

I'm getting married this summer. I'm thrilled to be marrying my favorite person after eight years together and if I were the sole decision-maker in the relationship, we would simply go to the clerk of …

The Vine: March 2, 2016
March 2, 2016 – 2:56 PM | 28 Comments
The Vine: March 2, 2016

My main squeeze and I got engaged last year — fun! I will be moving into his house — and selling mine — this spring, and we are getting married in the fall.

The Vine: February 24, 2016
February 24, 2016 – 11:45 AM | 61 Comments
The Vine: February 24, 2016

Would love suggestions on new reading material. I love British mysteries, especially if they are a series.

The Vine: February 17, 2016
February 17, 2016 – 1:59 PM | 18 Comments
The Vine: February 17, 2016

I have a 21-year-old daughter, who is in her fourth year of college. The problem is she has tanked her last two semesters.

The Vine: February 3, 2016
February 3, 2016 – 11:36 AM | 27 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 | 13 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 | 12 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.