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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 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.

The Vine: September 13, 2013
September 13, 2013 – 10:51 AM | 13 Comments
The Vine: September 13, 2013

I'm looking for some help finding a nightdress for my mom.

The Vine: September 6, 2013
September 6, 2013 – 4:49 PM | 9 Comments
The Vine: September 6, 2013

I really, really want some boots this fall. I try half-assedly every year to make this happen, but usually give up because it's just so darn difficult.

The Vine: August 30, 2013
August 30, 2013 – 10:42 AM | 32 Comments
The Vine: August 30, 2013

I'm a mid-30s woman living in a state with a full four seasons. I'm hourglassy, with a defined waist and small boobs, and a pretty big caboose.

The Vine: August 28, 2013
August 28, 2013 – 12:07 PM | 16 Comments
The Vine: August 28, 2013

In honor of my wonderful friend A's birthday this week, I decided to ask a question that has kept me up nights for almost a decade.