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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: February 3, 2005
February 3, 2005 · No Comment

Hey Sars,
My friend C and I were friends for about four years. We lived in the same town
for a year or so and instantly bonded. We had the same taste in music,
clothes, we were both …

The Vine: February 2, 2005
February 2, 2005 · One Comment

Dear Sars,
I am currently a senior in high school and have been
having a problem that began during freshman year with
one of my classmates.
Every morning when I come to school, I make sure to
greet him and …

The Vine: February 1, 2005
February 1, 2005 · One Comment

I have a salary-related question for you. I'm a college student, and have been working with the company I'm at for over a year now as a medical writer/grant writer/ghost writer/editorial and research assistant…you get …

Girls' Bike Club VI: Here's The Story
January 31, 2005 · No Comment

Wing Chun: Hello?
Sarah: Oh, hello.
Wing Chun: Oh, dear.
Sarah: Heh.
Wing Chun: Well, that isn't a "we haven't spoken in the phone in a while" "oh, hello."
Sarah: No, no, it isn't.
Wing Chun: That is a "guess who's …

The Vine: January 28, 2005
January 28, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars:
Respect and admiration are yours, oh wise guru, especially if you can help me out with this little dilemma.
I've written you before, and thought I might as well give you a try here, since …

The Vine: January 27, 2005
January 27, 2005 · No Comment

Hi Sars —
This isn't earth-shatteringly important, but I thought it couldn't hurt to
ask anyway. You said in a past Vine that you don't like Dickens' writing.
I was wondering — why not? Do you think it …

The Vine: January 26, 2005
January 26, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I am a 25-year-old woman with a major attitude problem. See? I'm the first
one to admit it. But I don't know what to do about it, and I'm really
scared that it's going to ruin …

The Vine: January 25, 2005
January 25, 2005 · No Comment

My boyfriend of almost a year has gone to teach English in Japan
for 12 months. I visited him in his second month for a few weeks, and
arrived home in Australia a month ago. I do …

The Subheroes Chapter 11: Sense and Sensibility
January 24, 2005 · No Comment

It's looking like snow. Jenny hopes it snows; snow dulls the old smells, makes it easier for Rina to work, plus maybe they'll open the bookstore late and she won't have to go in for …

The Vine: January 18, 2005
January 18, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I've had some good luck and some bad luck with the ladies in the past, but this current situation has me really confused. I'm a grad student and I met this undergrad girl (different …