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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: January 23, 2007
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The Vine: January 23, 2007

A one-stop shop for American reading, in all categories, is The Library of
America at Everything from pulp to history, from drama to
comedy, from art to artsy-fartsy.

The End Of The Affair
January 22, 2007 · One Comment

It's like a breakup, it really is. You know it's for the best, because the relationship doesn't make you happy anymore, but as soon as you decide to end things? All you can think about …

The Vine: January 19, 2007
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I work in a research laboratory, and a coworker of mine from Japan asked me for information on books by famous American authors. I haven't read any "famous" American authors since high school (which was …

The Vine: January 18, 2007
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Hi Sars.
A year ago I had $8,000 in credit card debt, on a Visa with 17% interest. I was making monthly payments but not making any headway — I was pretty much just paying the …

The Vine: January 17, 2007
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Hi Sars,
I'm a chronic nailbiter as well, and the following has helped me manage it:
1. Getting acrylic nails.
2. Twice-monthly manicure/pedicures.
It sounds silly, but when I know I've spent a certain amount of money on my …

The Vine: January 16, 2007
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In keeping with the John Denver theme, she could also use "I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado."

The Vine: January 12, 2007
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Hi Sars,
I am putting the finishing touches on the yearly All-Company Meeting in Denver, CO, at the end of this month. One of the last things I have to do is put together the music …

The Vine: January 11, 2007
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Hi Sars,
Well, I don't know how reliable it is, but according to this site, "the phrases 'Broken Arrow' and 'Bottle of Rain' are Native American expressions, meaning (respectively) 'Peaceful End of Conflict' and 'Good Prospects/Good …

The Vine: January 10, 2007
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The song is indeed called "Walking." The name of the band is Pocket Size and they're British.
This song came out when I was big into buying whole albums just for one single and I have …

The Vine: January 9, 2007
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Come on, too easy! The two songs from my graduation year (we voted on a class song) that divided the cool kids from the popular kids: "These Are Days" by 10,000 Maniacs and "So Hard …