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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: February 6, 2001
February 6, 2001 · No Comment

I disagree — the two expressions are not interchangable. However, I can only opine on the expressions that my group of friends/acquaintances use. Perhaps in some parts of this country, they reference the same underpinnings, …

The Vine: February 2, 2001
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Hey Sarah,
I am writing in response to the girl who can't find a guy who loves her (I think her name was Holly). I don't know if you want to hear this but "there's something …

The Vine: February 1, 2001
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Dear Sars,
I was catching up with some of the Vines I missed over the holidays and attempting to get my mind off this problem that has been plaguing me for a few days, when I …

The Vine: January 31, 2001
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Dear Sars,
I have this close friend who is actually my roommate as well. About two years ago she confessed that she had a flirtation with a married man, which escalated to a few kisses. The …

The Vine: January 29, 2001
January 29, 2001 · No Comment

Sarah —
I just got out of my very small and therefore gossipy and incestuous college, and moved to a large city with the hopes of creating a new life, something which has become very difficult …

The Vine: January 26, 2001
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Sagacious Sars,
About two years ago, I decided that I'd had enough of the "starving artist" life (constantly two months behind on the rent, credit card bills that rivaled the debt of a Third World nation, …

The Vine: January 25, 2001
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All-knowing Sarah,
I am beginning to think I am the poster girl for the "something's missing" relationships of the world.
I am twenty-seven years old, and I can still count the men who have mattered to me …

The Vine: January 30, 2001
January 23, 2001 · No Comment

I am looking for a way to offer advice to a sibling without being too much of a busybody. It's like this: my younger brother has been dating this girl for a couple of years …

January 19, 2001 · No Comment

And now, a Tomato Nation first: the follow-up column. I have an unofficial policy regarding follow-up columns, namely that I never write them because, if I didn't get the job done the first time around, …

War Is Not The Answer
January 19, 2001 · No Comment

It's Martin Luther King Day today. I suspect that, when it rolls around each year, most of us don't spend the day ruminating on Reverend King's contributions to society or anything. We just look at …