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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: October 10, 2002
October 10, 2002 · No Comment

Hey Sars,
I know that, in the greater scheme of things, my
"problem" isn't that life-altering, but I'd really
like your opinion on this.
Today, my mother and I went shopping for an outfit for
my university graduation dinner/dance.I got …

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

Dude.Check it out.
Here's my letter to Quoi Faire?, which ran on August 21, 2002.Here's the Annie's Mailbox version (that's Ann Landers's daughter or successor or whoever), which ran yesterday.
It's obviously the same letter; Annie edited …

The Vine: October 1, 2002
October 1, 2002 · No Comment

Sars,
I have a problem that I've created, and I don't know who else I can talk to
that won't be all judgmental on me.My friends would absolutely freak if
they knew.
I'm straight, or at least I'm 90 …

Legends Of The Fall
September 30, 2002 · No Comment

Okay, autumn. It's almost October. I've always considered you my favorite season, but enough with the David Chase routine — let's get on with it. I want to see red and yellow leaves. I want …

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

Sars,
I agree with absolutely everything you said to "Wandering" yesterday, but I'd add one thing.It's possible that it's the last thing she wants to hear, and it's hardly the panacea some folks would have you …

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

Hi Sars,
Could not resist responding to "Obsessed's" request for information.
While support groups are great, for both emotional stuff and for information,
when dealing with medical matters it is essential to check and double-check
anything anyone tells you.This …

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

I am writing in regards to Coffeedrinker.I'd like to add to your
assurances that these kinds of dreams are totally normal before the wedding.
I just got married three weeks ago, and the last couple of months …

The Vine: September 24, 2002
September 24, 2002 · No Comment

Seeing as you are my fount of editorial wisdom, I figured I'd ask you a
question before I decided to kill my editor.
As a publications designer, I
have a fairly good sense of how to copy-edit. I …

Get Rich Quick
September 23, 2002 · No Comment

Regina: You know what we need to do?
Sarah: Ohhh, do I ever. Have you got a week?
Regina: No, seriously. You know Nerd-B-Gon spray?
Sarah: That used to advertise in the back of Mad Magazine?
Regina: Next to …

The Vine: September 20, 2002
September 20, 2002 · No Comment

Hey Sars —
I'm getting married in a couple of months. My fiancé and I have been
together for five years, we're happy together, all is well. We're both certain
that we're ready to get married, and are …