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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!

The Vine: Novembama 5, 2008
November 5, 2008 · 100 Comments

Dear Sars,
Here's an etiquette question I can't seem to find addressed anywhere online.
My in-laws are inappropriately invested in my thank-you-note writing.

November 5, 2008 · 187 Comments

In lieu of the regular Vine, a few words of advice: remember when this happened, and how awesome it felt. Remember that you, the Nation, have improved the lives of tens of thousands of people. …

Please please please, let me, let me, let meeeee get what I waaaaaant this tiiiiime
November 3, 2008 · 184 Comments
Please please please, let me, let me, let meeeee get what I waaaaaant this tiiiiime

Election Day is nigh at last; I can't WAIT to vote. And, honestly, to have this campaign madness over with at last…not to mention the last eight years' worth.
In case it didn't go without saying, …

Tiny obscurity
November 2, 2008 · 46 Comments
Tiny obscurity

The Daily Beast does a story on the '08 DC Challenge.
A few notes: 1) I did not invent the Blogger Challenge, which is kind of how the story makes it sound. 2) I super-hate that …

America runs on Dunkin
November 2, 2008 · 12 Comments

Literally. I live right on the marathon course, which is cool, mostly, except for the band set up on the corner, whose "music" is echoing off the surrounding buildings and leaving me no part of …

Prizing Reminder
November 1, 2008 · No Comment

Ya gots to get me your receipts by NOON TODAY ET. If you didn't get an email from me, your receipt wasn't logged. (Please make sure it isn't in your spam filter, and/or that your …

O say does that seed-spangled banner yet waaaaaaave
October 31, 2008 · 25 Comments
O say does that seed-spangled banner yet waaaaaaave

…O'er the land of the freeeeeee
and the home of THE AWESOME.
$111,352 dollars raised, 1162 donors participating, and 19,577 children reached.
I must tell you that I did not know for sure it could be done. I …

Update: 10/31, 10 AM
October 31, 2008 · 25 Comments

Welcome to one of the last 2008 Challenge updates. As of this writing, over $108,000. Truly thou art wonders to behold.
Also pretty dang wondrous: kids frolfing. Ultimate Frisbee was invented not far from my hometown, …

The Vine: October 31, 2008
October 31, 2008 · 61 Comments

This is one of those product-related questions for your other readers. I have naturally curly hair, sensitive skin, and asthma. What do these things have to do with one another? They are making it really …

Support Local Biz: October 31, 2008
October 31, 2008 · One Comment

7A Productions is pleased to present the documentary Nikki: A Girl with Rett Syndrome — more information is available by clicking the link. The movie is now available on DVD via pre-order, and the filmmakers …