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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!

Love Hurts
July 8, 2002 · No Comment

It's Monday. It's the first day of the week. It's early afternoon on the first day of the week, and already I desperately need a nap, if by "a nap" I actually mean…er, actually, I …

The Vine: July 3, 2002
July 3, 2002 · No Comment

Sars, I love your advice, and while I think you were essentially correct with No Clever, there's a lot between the lines in her letter. And I have to disagree that it's not about fairness. …

The Vine: July 2, 2002
July 2, 2002 · No Comment

Hey Sars,
I've been with my boyfriend for well over a year, and for some reason (neither of us knows how it came up, quite frankly), we've been discussing having a threesome with another girl. I …

Crazy With The Heat
July 1, 2002 · No Comment

It's Monday. It's the first day of the week. It's early afternoon on the first day of the week, and already I desperately need a nap, if by "a nap" I actually mean "to hibernate …

The Vine: June 28, 2002
June 28, 2002 · No Comment

Sars,
I am a 21-year-old male college junior, on the ugly side of average, and generally pretty nondescript.Two years ago, I was diagnosed with social phobia.I've taken three medicines for this and gone to both individual …

The Vine: June 27, 2002
June 27, 2002 · No Comment

Sars,
This may not be a topic worth revisiting, but I thought I'd share what my friends and I did in our four-bedroom, five-person setup (one engaged couple plus three other people). We had initially agreed …

The Vine: June 26, 2002
June 26, 2002 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I would really like an outsider's opinion on my current situation.I have recently moved in with three friends, two girls and a guy.One of the girls is my fiancée, and we share a bedroom …

The Vine: June 25, 2002
June 25, 2002 · No Comment

Dear Sars:
I have a very unique and eternally irritating problem. It isn't a new sort of issue. It's a fairly old and long-lived issue. It's only now that I have realized that, if I am …

The Vine: June 19, 2002
June 19, 2002 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
Generally, I really dig your advice and think that it's spot-on.I read Little Miss Purity's letter waiting for the sort of verbal smacks you usually hand out to people who don't understand where their …

The Vine: June 18, 2002
June 18, 2002 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I have to respond to Too Young For Mid-Life Crisis's letter to you — as a twentysomething woman who has major clinical depression and has had it treated successfully, I see the lead weights …