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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: Turkember 26, 2008
November 26, 2008 · 138 Comments
The Vine: Turkember 26, 2008

Hey Sarah,
Here's a doozy for you.
I am the unofficial lead secretary in a smallish office — unofficial because I'm on the same level as the other secretaries, it's just that I'm the only one who …

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas…tree
November 24, 2008 · 42 Comments

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive artificial Christmas tree? (…"Winter-holiday arboreal cluster," whatever you like.) The faker and more space-age '50s Christmas-looking, the better, and if you can attest to its relative pet-safety (i.e. if a …

Six degrees of detonation
November 24, 2008 · 38 Comments
Six degrees of detonation

Sarah: "Check it out, you know that girl that I yelled out about at the movie this afternoon?"
Skyrockets: "The girl you…right. …Wait, no."
Sarah: "During the credits, when I yelled out 'MARIA DIZZIA!' You know…her?"
Skyrockets: "And …

The Vine: November 21, 2008
November 21, 2008 · 8 Comments

Hey, folks.Overwhelmed by other deadlines this week, I've asked the beautiful and talented AB Chao to step in on Ask The Readers Friday.Welcome back, AB!
Dear Sars,
HELP!I finally found a product for my face that I …

The Vine: November 19, 2008
November 19, 2008 · 40 Comments

Dear Sars,
Since I found out a few weeks ago that my ex became single again, I have been dreaming about him.Not in passing cameos, but long elaborate dreams full of longing looks, "accidental" touching, and …

Red White & Beefsteak: UPDATE
November 17, 2008 · 21 Comments
Red White & Beefsteak: UPDATE

Due to very slow sales, the "Red White & Beefsteak" shirt is no longer available; the shirt/store will return in March. Those of you who have already ordered will receive a refund, plus a discount …

The Vine: Novemberainbow 14, 2008
November 14, 2008 · 34 Comments
The Vine: Novemberainbow 14, 2008

Dear Sarah,
My 27-year-old sister came out to me and the rest of our family recently. I think everyone's dealt with it fairly well — we all asked a lot of questions at first and my …

Prop 8 is enough
November 14, 2008 · 76 Comments
Prop 8 is enough

It's more than enough, in fact. We've had more than enough codified discrimination in this country over its long and sometimes misguided history, and whatever semantics those in favor of Proposition 8 choose to hide …

In Critical Condition
November 13, 2008 · 10 Comments

Critical Condition is actually the beautiful and talented Mark Blankenship's blog, and I've got a guest piece up over there about the return of Unsolved Mysteries.

The Vine: November 12, 2008
November 12, 2008 · 32 Comments

Hi Sars,
Given your experience in both the blogging and publishing worlds, I'm hoping you can help me out with some questions about the relationship (or lack thereof?) between the two.
I am a writer who, since …