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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 8, 2002
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Dear Sars,
I really feel strongly about Concerned's question [Oct. 24], as it could have been
written by any of my friends about me a few years ago.That being said,
your advice was right on.Not being judgmental is …

The Vine: November 7, 2002
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Dear Sars,
I know that you care about this subject, so I am hoping you can give me some really good advice.
How do I handle the subject of people's not voting? I get really mad when …

The Vine: November 6, 2002
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Dear Sars,
I graduated from college last year.In school I had this really tight-knit group of friends.We're all really different people, but things just clicked with us.Since graduation in May, we've scattered all over the globe …

The Vine: November 5, 2002
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Sars,
I hope you can help me sort something out before a
large conflict erupts in my family.
I have a two-year-old daughter.I love her dearly and
my husband and I provide her with everything she
needs. However, my Mom …

Courting Disasters
November 4, 2002 · Comments Off on Courting Disasters

Late last night, tooling around TVGuide.com and hoping inspiration for the TWoP homepage poll would strike, I came across the following tidbit at the bottom of their "Entertainment News" section:
Fox is developing a reality show …

The Vine: November 1, 2002
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Dear Sars,
This isn't nearly as life-and-death as many of the problems you get, but I'm
curious about your opinion.The "Save Touched by an Angel from atheists
who are petitioning the FCC to remove all mention of God …

The Vine: October 31, 2002
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Ms. Sars —
It's not an original problem, but it is mine, and I hereby foist it on
you.Well, not really, but I do need help.
Issue one: I'm an extremely closeted 28-year-old possible lesbian, who
doesn't really want …

The Vine: October 30, 2002
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Dear Sars:
My best friend at work (we've shared an office for almost three years) is
getting married in a couple months in the Bahamas.They are inviting about
a hundred or so people, but aren't expecting more than …

The Vine: October 29, 2002
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After reading The Vine today I needed a cigarette real bad because Living on the Hellmouth's problem and your response hit really close to home.
J's problems are much like my own, except I'm on the …

Identity Crisis
October 28, 2002 · Comments Off on Identity Crisis

Sarah: Mflt.
Couch Baron: Oh, uh…hello?
Sarah: Hpll nn jfft mr spcffft.
Couch Baron: I…think I might have the wrong number.
Sarah: NNMRRRFFFF!
Couch Baron: …Sarah?
Sarah: Mmm hmm.
Couch Baron: Uh…are you…okay?
Sarah: Mmm…hmm!
Couch Baron: Okay, so…the hell?
Sarah: Frrrk, sfff hrrk kfffrrpp …