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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: August 9, 2013
August 9, 2013 – 3:08 PM | 8 Comments
The Vine: August 9, 2013

I'm looking for a specific episode of a syndicated TV show (of the low-budget Canadian-produced variety) in the supernatural detective genre.

The Vine: August 7, 2013
August 7, 2013 – 5:15 PM | 27 Comments
The Vine: August 7, 2013

So, here's the deal. I'm by nature a rather impatient over-thinker, prone to imagining worst-case scenarios, which often turn out to be right.

The Vine: August 2, 2013
August 2, 2013 – 2:00 PM | 6 Comments
The Vine: August 2, 2013

So I read this book at least four times as a kid, but I can't remember the title or even the characters' names; it's a middle-reader book that takes place in America, sometime during World …

The Vine: July 31, 2013
July 31, 2013 – 7:38 PM | 24 Comments
The Vine: July 31, 2013

I need the TN readership to tell me if I'm justified or acting like one of those mothers I swore I'd never be.

The Vine: July 26, 2013
July 26, 2013 – 12:40 PM | 7 Comments
The Vine: July 26, 2013

Okay, so someone out there has to know this book. Back in the '70s (I would say mid-to-late '70s) a photographer decided to "embed" himself in a high school class for a year and document …

The Vine: July 24, 2013
July 24, 2013 – 8:32 AM | 25 Comments
The Vine: July 24, 2013

A friend of mine recently died of lung cancer, way too young (late 30s).

The Vine: July 19, 2013
July 19, 2013 – 1:19 PM | 8 Comments
The Vine: July 19, 2013

Good time of year to foster little cats, folks! Mabel arrived here about three years ago; now G Force has another couple of kittles in need of temporary housing. Can you help?

The Vine: July 17, 2013
July 17, 2013 – 10:41 AM | 42 Comments
The Vine: July 17, 2013

My sister gave birth about a month ago to a healthy, rather long, little boy. It's only month in, but she is not doing well transition to motherhood.

The Vine: July 12, 2013
July 12, 2013 – 4:08 PM | 47 Comments
The Vine: July 12, 2013

I have been on the lookout for at least a year for a simple pendant necklace that I could wear every day with almost anything. I've tried searching Etsy for phrases like "dainty necklace" and …

The Vine: July 10, 2013
July 10, 2013 – 10:51 AM | 27 Comments
The Vine: July 10, 2013

I am a bridesmaid in a wedding at the end of the month. Unfortunately, I injured my finger three weeks ago and found out this week that it's a tendon injury that requires a splint …