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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: October 18, 2013
October 18, 2013 – 1:18 PM | 6 Comments
The Vine: October 18, 2013

I'm trying to track down a couple books I read in seventh grade, and I was hoping you and the readers could help.

The Vine: October 16, 2013
October 16, 2013 – 1:58 PM | 16 Comments
The Vine: October 16, 2013

I have a moral dilemma that I cannot resolve and I could really use your perspective.

The Vine: October 11, 2013
October 11, 2013 – 1:09 PM | 3 Comments
The Vine: October 11, 2013

I came across a brief mention of a NY no-man's-land, The Hole, on the internet and found it fascinating.

The Vine: October 9, 2013
October 9, 2013 – 3:15 PM | 6 Comments
The Vine: October 9, 2013

A friend of mine, Jen, is going through a rough time personally (sudden and unexpected divorce, finding a job, finding a place to live, trying to remain positive and strong for her two kids, etc.). …

The Vine: October 4, 2013
October 4, 2013 – 1:03 PM | 25 Comments
The Vine: October 4, 2013

Hello! I am looking for socks.

The Vine: October 2, 2013
October 2, 2013 – 12:57 PM | 27 Comments
The Vine: October 2, 2013

This has been kind of an ongoing thing, but it's starting to bother me more and more. First a bit of background.

The Vine: September 27, 2013
September 27, 2013 – 8:44 AM | 35 Comments
The Vine: September 27, 2013

I am someone who never was really exposed to classical music, or any kind of musical theory, growing up.

The Vine: September 25, 2013
September 25, 2013 – 4:13 PM | 45 Comments
The Vine: September 25, 2013

I'm hoping you can settle a grammar discussion for me. What's the accepted rule for pluralizing words that come from other languages?

The Vine: September 20, 2013
September 20, 2013 – 12:41 PM | 7 Comments
The Vine: September 20, 2013

I have a head-scratcher for the Nation — fairly recent, but it’s driving me positively BUGGY that I can’t remember the title.

The Vine: September 18, 2013
September 18, 2013 – 1:58 PM | 15 Comments
The Vine: September 18, 2013

I have recently (six months ago) stopped drinking. I stopped because I am an alcoholic.