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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 18, 2001
July 18, 2001 · No Comment

Dearest Sars,
A friend recently decided to quit her job to be a freelance writer. I heard she was struggling a bit, so I offered her some work for my company. I wasn't that desperate for …

The Vine: July 17, 2001
July 17, 2001 · No Comment

Two months ago, my boyfriend of two and a half years, with whom I had been living for a year, broke up with me, claiming we had become incompatible sexually, which he felt would never …

The Vine: July 13, 2001
July 13, 2001 · No Comment

More suggestions for Very Confused Girl: If J's mother won't go to counseling (professional or spiritual), I recommend that she look into support groups for parents who have lost children. One group J's mother (or …

The Vine: July 12, 2001
July 12, 2001 · No Comment

Dearest, all knowing Sars,
Okay, time for a really awkward question: a cousin of mine died about a week ago. I wasn't greatly affected, because the last time I had seen him was 1985. But he …

The Vine: July 11, 2001
July 11, 2001 · No Comment

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
July 6, 2001 · No Comment

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
July 5, 2001 · No Comment

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
June 30, 2001 · No Comment

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
June 29, 2001 · No Comment

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
June 28, 2001 · No Comment

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 …