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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: November 8, 2000
November 8, 2000 · No Comment

Dear Sarah,
I have been dating this great guy for the past year and a half, and I have reached a dilemma.
"Ted" and I have almost everything in common: religion (rather, lack thereof), children (nonexistent desire …

The Vine: November 7, 2000
November 7, 2000 · No Comment

Dear Sarah,
I cannot untangle the following mess. I respect your advice and would appreciate any help I can get.
I am almost 18, my boyfriend (fiancé? husband? Try and figure out his technical title if you …

The Vine: November 3, 2000
November 3, 2000 · No Comment

Dear Sarah,
I have a friend that I've known for about five years. I had always considered her one of my best friends.
About eight months ago, there was an incident involving my friend (we'll call her …

The Vine: November 2, 2000
November 2, 2000 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I go to an alternative school. I've had some troubles in my past and I kind of wound up there. But that is not the point, though it does play a part.
There are only …

The Vine: November 1, 2000
November 1, 2000 · No Comment

Oh, please, Sarah,
Also please tell "Gravy" that this situation (if the cat is, in fact, not domestic) is NOT good for the cat either. No matter how happy Reginald may seem, he is not in …

The Vine: October 31, 2000
October 31, 2000 · No Comment

Perhaps you could give me some advice on a small matter which has been troubling me lately.I will disguise myself as "Gravy," the better to conceal my identity.Here is the problem.
A few years ago my …

The Vine: October 30, 2000
October 30, 2000 · No Comment

I began looking into my family history about a year ago and discovered (through official records, not from my family) that my maternal great-great-grandfather was African-American.He married a French-Native American woman.His son (my great-grandfather) married …

The Vine: October 27, 2000
October 27, 2000 · No Comment

Dear Sarah,
Hope you enjoyed your trip, welcome back.
Some time ago I commented about our shared dislike for men's white briefs. Well, how about giving it to the girls too? I am referring to the infamous …

The Vine: October 26, 2000
October 26, 2000 · No Comment

This is how it went down,
Not long after graduating from college, feeling the impending threat of student loans, I took a job with the Department of Defense in a management intern program.It would be a …

The Vine: October 25, 2000
October 25, 2000 · No Comment

Dear Sarah,
I'm planning to move to Chicago in about six months.I used to live there, and moved back to my hometown (my mother's suggestion) about two years ago.When I moved here, it was to save …