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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: July 21, 2004
July 21, 2004 · No Comment

Hey Sars,
Love your site…actually stumbled across it while Googling something about raisins. My friend hates those things as much as you do.
Hopefully I can help out your budding designer. Your advice was right on…"get it …

The Vine: July 20, 2004
July 20, 2004 · No Comment

Hey Sars — first off, hats off to you and your insightful, amusing web site.
Now that the gratuitous boot-licking is over, on to my dilemma…
A relative of mine is looking to have a coffee table …

The Subheroes Chapter 4: The Plan Falls Apart
July 19, 2004 · No Comment

Diz hands the hen back to me and holds his hand out to —
Okay, can I — I'm sorry, I need to just stop you here for a second.
Shelley freezes, hen under her arm lineman-style, …

The Vine: July 16, 2004
July 16, 2004 · No Comment

Dear Deborah (and Sars),
I'm a 17-year-old Muslim girl, and I wear the veil.
I've never had a problem with it; I've never felt oppressed because I wear it, and I've never felt forced to wear it. …

The Vine: July 15, 2004
July 15, 2004 · No Comment

Deborah —
Thank goodness you're in the expert column right now.
I have a problem I never thought I'd have. I am part of a very small book group. I worked in bookstores for years before getting …

The Vine: July 14, 2004
July 14, 2004 · No Comment

Dear Deborah,
Ever since reading your article, "Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Islam" at several years ago, I have had in mind to learn more about this religion and its practitioners. At this point, …

The Vine: July 13, 2004
July 13, 2004 · No Comment

Dear Deborah,
A few years ago, we inherited two couches. There's an antique love seat that my mom let her bulldog use as a dog bed, until the dog got too fat to make the three …

The Go-Carb Diet
July 12, 2004 · 4 Comments

Okay, the no-carb thing has got to go. Seriously. The weight-loss culture in its toxic and dangerous entirety has got to go, actually, but I'll get to that in a second; first, I've got to …

The Vine: July 9, 2004
July 9, 2004 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
Okay. Problem.
First, the relationship: Boy, age 19, and I, age 18, have been friends for a long time, realized that we had feelings for each other during the summer, and then went off to …

The Vine: July 8, 2004
July 8, 2004 · No Comment

Hmmm. How do I start? Anyway, I've always considered myself as pretty much a level-headed, cheerful and friendly person. But lately the pressure (for lack of a better word) of being nice and "trying to …