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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 13, 2016
January 13, 2016 · 5 Comments
The Vine: January 13, 2016

So, there's a short story I read in high school that I remember very little about, except for a few key details:

Film Fiber: Jaws
January 7, 2016 · 14 Comments
Film Fiber: <em>Jaws</em>

Roy Scheider is the most underrated actor of his generation. I am NOT a crackpot.

The Vine: January 6, 2016
January 6, 2016 · 12 Comments
The Vine: January 6, 2016

I adopted 3 littermates very recently. I've known them since they were 5 weeks old; they are now about 5 months old, and since day one with me have been settling into their furever home. …

The Vine: December 16, 2015
December 16, 2015 · 20 Comments
The Vine: December 16, 2015

I'm writing to you with yet another cat question as I know you've introduced new cats into your house at different times over the years.

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Working Girl
December 11, 2015 · 22 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>Working Girl</em>

A head for business and a nom for sin.

The Vine: December 9, 2015
December 9, 2015 · 17 Comments
The Vine: December 9, 2015

There's a scene from a film that I saw, perhaps in the '90s, perhaps earlier, that I can't get out of my head due to its sheer irreverence and ballsiness, but for the life of …

The Vine: December 2, 2015
December 2, 2015 · 15 Comments
The Vine: December 2, 2015

This is a book my mother used to read with me back in the day (late '70s, early '80s), and we used to laugh and laugh. Somewhere along the way I lost the book. I …

A Word From Our Sponsors: Online Gambling — A Subculture, Or A Waste Of Cash?
October 16, 2015 · No Comment
A Word From Our Sponsors: Online Gambling — A Subculture, Or A Waste Of Cash?

More than two decades ago, an ingenious software company combined its game development skills with a freshly introduced, secure online payment solution, and launched something that has proven to be one hell of an idea: …

Bunting's Postseason Pool 2015
October 5, 2015 · One Comment
Bunting's Postseason Pool 2015

"Hashtag that time Sarah picked Bartolo!" – Yost.

The Vine: September 23, 2015
September 23, 2015 · 9 Comments
The Vine: September 23, 2015

Despite being a bit introverted and not particularly talkative, I usually don't have much trouble expressing myself. However, life has recently thrown me a curve that I didn't see coming and I'm not sure how …