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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!

Sincerely Your's
May 20, 2001 · 26 Comments

I try not to get snitty about the crappy English usage of other people. I breathe in through my nostrils and slowly out again with my mouth shaped like an "o," reminding myself that not …

The Vine: May 18, 2001
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Hi Sarah,
Here's some background on my dilemma…there's a woman from college (we'll call her Jane) that I've kept in touch with because we ended up living in the same city after graduation.She's rather high-strung and …

The Vine: May 16, 2001
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Dear Sars,
I love the Vine and have been a Tomato Nation fan since the days when it was on a site with CyberSleaze…
Just a quick note to about the woman whose mother will be losing …

The Vine: May 15, 2001
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Dear Sarah,
I just discovered you write these advice columns and while I really can't believe I'm writing to you about my personal problems I do want to tell you how much I enjoy your DC …

The Vine: May 11, 2001
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Sars,
Here's the problem.I'm a senior in high school. I'm also a social pariah, by choice — I've just never gone in for all that typical teen spirit crap, and that's fine by the cheerleaders.Now, I …

The Vine: May 10, 2001
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Hi Sars
How do I tell a girl politely to get lost. She totally screwed up my life; she used me like a bank machine and taxi service. I left university and I moved 90 miles …

The Vine: May 8, 2001
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Dear Sars,
I live in a co-ed dormitory and have developed a crush on a guy who lives on my floor.We started hanging out on Superbowl Sunday and didn't leave each other's presence for more than …

The Vine: May 7, 2001
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You may want to have C-toony check to see if the city s/he lives in has a creative directory. For a fee, you can place an ad containing your work into a large, indexed publication …

The Vine: May 4, 2001
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Sarah:
I spent the weekend brooding about a situation with my family, and decided this morning that, first, I am not a vampire with a soul, and, secondly, perhaps writing it out would help. I apologise …

The Vine: May 3, 2001
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Okay, so here's the deal. My boyfriend, Sam, and I are getting married. To alleviate any bad circumstances or even the slightest twinge of jealousy, we've agreed not to invite any of our exes to …