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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!

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The Vine: January 19, 2006
January 19, 2006 – 5:36 PM | Comments Off on The Vine: January 19, 2006

Dear Sars,
So how do you completely change your career path?
For the past four years I've been working as a
substitute teacher. I took a long-term position this
August that ends next June, and I'm already miserable.
I know …

The Vine: January 18, 2006
January 18, 2006 – 5:29 PM | Comments Off on The Vine: January 18, 2006

I was in this position — quite literally — when I was pregnant. Phone calls are great as books, yarn, magazines, et cetera. In the four weeks I was on bedrest, I blew threw all …

The Vine: January 17, 2006
January 17, 2006 – 5:19 PM | Comments Off on The Vine: January 17, 2006

O Wise Sars,
I have a question for you. It's not about a boy, but it is, in its own way, about negotiating relationships.
First a little background: I am a Ph.D. student at a large university. …

The Vine: January 13, 2006
January 13, 2006 – 4:36 PM | Comments Off on The Vine: January 13, 2006

Dearest Sars,
To make a long story as short as I can, I have a Boy Problem. No, not THAT kind of boy problem. The Problem Boy is a friend of a very dear friend of …

The Vine: January 12, 2006
January 12, 2006 – 3:45 PM | Comments Off on The Vine: January 12, 2006

Dear Sars —
I've tried to write this question a gazillion times to make it sound less stupid than it does, but I can't. So, here goes. I work in a small office — a few …

The Vine: January 11, 2006
January 11, 2006 – 3:37 PM | Comments Off on The Vine: January 11, 2006

Hey Sars,
I work with this girl at my college in a part-time job. She eventually was hired full-time at another place of business, but still decided to work weekends at the college. She lives quite …

The Vine: January 10, 2006
January 10, 2006 – 3:25 PM | Comments Off on The Vine: January 10, 2006

Dear Sars,
This story involves a Boy — but, happily, Boy is not
the problem. Mom is the problem. Fasten your seatbelt;
this will be a long one.
Boy and I met in April '03 and got serious fairly
early; …

The Vine: January 6, 2006
January 6, 2006 – 8:21 PM | Comments Off on The Vine: January 6, 2006

Sarah:
Pork's still a red meat; pork just has better advertisers.
That ad campaign you mentioned wasn't based on any scientific study; instead, it was based on the fact that red meat, before Atkins, was labeled "bad" …

The Vine: January 5, 2006
January 5, 2006 – 1:35 PM | Comments Off on The Vine: January 5, 2006

Great Baseball Goddess Sars,Tell me, O Wise One, why is it that during the regular season, some games do not go the whole nine innings? I tried Googling this AND asking Jeeves, but I wasn't …

The Vine: January 4, 2006
January 4, 2006 – 1:27 PM | Comments Off on The Vine: January 4, 2006

Dear Grammar Goddess,I recently heard someone use the phrase "endless ago," in the sentence "I
wanted it endless ago." I guessed that the sentence meant either "I've
wanted it for a very long time," or possibly "I …