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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: March 12, 2001
March 12, 2001 · No Comment

Hi there, Sars. I've read (and taken) your advice for a long while now, so I thought I'd get your thoughts about a problem of mine.
I meet, dated, and eventually cohabited with a wonderful (so …

The Vine: March 9, 2001
March 9, 2001 · No Comment

I am a big fan, which is part of the reason why I'm writing you. I'm 18 years old, and in my senior year of high school, which of course is a time when people …

The Vine: March 8, 2001
March 8, 2001 · No Comment

Hi there, Sarah:
I have appreciated and agreed with much of your advice in the past, and now I need some. This is very long, so please accept my apologies for that. And, we're off…
My boyfriend …

The Vine: March 7, 2001
March 7, 2001 · No Comment

Sarah —
I love your articles. They are sooo funny, and your opinions are similar to mine. I am sixteen years old and I have boyfriend issues. Think Dawson's Creek for this one.
It all started freshman …

The Vine: March 6, 2001
March 6, 2001 · No Comment

Dear Sarah,
I am actually a long-time TN fan who wishes to remain anonymous due to the personal nature of this particular problem. Apologies in advance for the length.
My dad left when I was four years …

The Vine: March 2, 2001
March 2, 2001 · No Comment

Here is my problem, Sars.
I'm married. And I have a best friend. Apparently, according to my husband, that's not a good thing. He is very jealous of my best friend, to the point where any …

The Vine: March 1, 2001
March 1, 2001 · No Comment

WTF was that last entry in the Vine? I am truly scared for that woman. Granted, I do not have my MSW yet, but as a non-clinician who has seen many an ugly scene, this …

The Vine: February 28, 2001
February 28, 2001 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I've been going through this in my head for days now, and would love a third party opinion. The story: I have been engaged for almost a year, with the wedding date set for …

The Vine: February 27, 2001
February 27, 2001 · No Comment

Been a long, long while since I visited your site. It has really blossomed. Glad to see things haven't changed all that much, content-wise.
Here is one for you.
After a quick courtship and an unplanned little …

Book Smarts
February 20, 2001 · 2 Comments

I have never read Hamlet. It's probably the most famous play in the Western world, written by probably the most widely known playwright; the role is considered the apotheosis of the craft for actors. I …