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Stories, True and Otherwise

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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: November 28, 2006
November 28, 2006 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
I'm twenty-two and currently in some heavy-duty therapy. I have a kind of complicated and scary history of anorexia, bulimia, depression, suicide attempts, hospitalizations, et cetera, all of which I'm working on. I'm making …

Free-Range Turkeys
November 26, 2006 · No Comment

Dear Thanksgiving: Bunting Camp Attendee,
Congratulations on your admission to Thanksgiving: Bunting Camp! It's the participation and support of alcoholi– er, "campers" like yourself that have made T:BC the proud holiday tradition it is today, and …

The Vine: November 21, 2006
November 21, 2006 · No Comment

Hey Sars,
Please tell Electrician not to bother to get converter for anything
other than her laptop.I studied in the UK for two years and I can't
even begin to tell you how many fellow Americans tried to …

Girls' Bike Club XV: Heartbreak Hotel
November 20, 2006 · No Comment
Girls' Bike Club XV: Heartbreak Hotel

Wing Chun: Hello?
Sarah: …
Wing Chun: Oh, hi. …Yeah, I know.
Sarah: …
Wing Chun: I know!
Sarah: …
Wing Chun: Okay, with the understanding that I support you no matter how you want to handle this…
Sarah: …
Wing Chun: …are …

The Vine: November 17, 2006
November 17, 2006 · No Comment

I'm preparing to move from the United States to the UK to get my master's
degree.I'd like to not have to buy all new appliances, so I've been
looking into various outlet converters/transformers, et cetera, and have …

The Vine: November 16, 2006
November 16, 2006 · No Comment

As someone with a lifelong history of similar back pain due to scoliosis (among other things) I feel Matt's pain. Some options -– if the new bed is harder than the old one, Matt could …

The Vine: November 14, 2006
November 14, 2006 · No Comment

Blistex Medex in the blue pot/tube!
For very extreme cases, it's the only thing that sinks in and works!
C in Toronto

Dear C,
Thanks!Many other readers also suggested Blistex Lip Medex.Other lip-balm suggestions appear below; if I got …

November 13, 2006 · No Comment

On just like any of a thousand other dawns, Brother Gregory crossed the monastery corner of the estate to the scriptorium at first light, the dew dragging down his robes at the hem, but that …

The Vine: November 10, 2006
November 10, 2006 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I recently moved back home after finishing up my degree. I will be here for about a year while I apply to grad programs. Problem? The mattress in my "old" room is killing me. …

The Vine: November 10, 2004
November 10, 2006 · No Comment

I saw the letter in The Vine about someone with books to donate, and if there's any way you could pass this on to Pack Rat, I'd be most grateful.
Another place you can donate books …