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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: July 11, 2001
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Dear Sars,
I feel pretty strange writing this, as this is not the sort of thing that I would usually do, but you're a stranger and that makes it a little easier for me to unburden, …

The Vine: July 6, 2001
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Hey Sars —
I've been reading the Vine for some-odd months now and it seems to me that you give pretty level-headed advice on just about anything — and I'm a strong believer in that sometimes, …

The Vine: July 5, 2001
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Sars,
Regarding "Can't Believe I Thought It Would Be Kind Of Romantic":
I can't believe you didn't call this chick on her major self-esteem issues. She just broke up with a long-term boyfriend and then grabbed the …

The Vine: June 30, 2001
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Dear Sars,
I am a sophomore in high school, and I have a problem.See, my friend "Lisa"'s mother is dating a man whose son, "John," goes to our school.John is a freshman.He's a nice kid, sure, …

The Vine: June 29, 2001
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Hello Sars:
Just a preface: I'm not a girly girl. Never have been. I'm more the type that falls into "chick" category — but that's another letter for another time.
Here's the deal: dammitalltohellandwhatnot. A boy is …

The Vine: June 28, 2001
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I teach at a community college in a vocational, para-professional health program.I am one of two full-time faculty members.Our students seem to have unofficially (hell, maybe they did it "officially" and I don't know) elected …

The Vine: June 27, 2001
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Hey, I just read your response to the Missourian at college in California.
In order to stop people from badmouthing her home, she needs to show them something that they'll find impressive.Knowing what's important to college …

The Vine: June 26, 2001
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Sarah,
My good friend D and I (we are housemates in college) decided to live in DC
this summer, in a group house with a bunch of other people from our school. While we got off to …

The Vine: June 22, 2001
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Sars,
I couldn't let your answer to the woman with narcolepsy go by. I'm not a lawyer, but I think people should know their basic rights under employment laws. In the US, the Americans with Disabilities …

The Vine: June 21, 2001
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Hey Sars,
I've got a question involving housing for the summer. This summer, my two best friends and I found out that we all have internships in our hometown.We didn't really feel like living with our …