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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: October 17, 2000
October 17, 2000 · No Comment

Dear Sarah,
Okay, I have this friend.This female friend.To her, we're like the epitome of best friends, and she claims that I'm closer to her than anyone.I'm like, okay whatever, because I don't really care.She says …

The Vine: October 16, 2000
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For the past year, I've been dating "Adam."He's a great guy – I adore him – but I'm starting to wonder about the future of our relationship.The problem is Adam's sister "Anna."Adam and Anna share …

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

Hi Sarah,
I have a problem for you and I hope you can help because I am completely out of ideas.
I'm 22, and after living with my parents for the last six months or so I've …

The Vine: October 6, 2000
October 6, 2000 · No Comment

You've mentioned that you've done the long-distance love thing. Well, I'm in need of some advice.
I've been dating a great guy for about five months now. That's going well – we really laugh at each …

The Vine: October 5, 2000
October 5, 2000 · No Comment

Dear Sarah,
I have been reading Tomato Nation for some time now and never had a reason to write in until now.
My girlfriend and I have been seeing each other for about five months now and …

The Vine: October 4, 2000
October 4, 2000 · No Comment

Sarah,Libra woman needs to know that if Michael or Pete are dating anyone else, casually or seriously, they're not telling her. Eighty percent or more of guys wouldn't tell, and ninety percent of those who …

The Vine: October 3, 2000
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Dear Wise One,I'm in a real quandary on this one. I love your advice to others and think you're right on, so I'd love to hear what you think I should do.
Since my last lover …

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

Sarah,I met a friend of one of my closest friends about five months ago. At the time I thought he was a really interesting person, but had no romantic notions at all. Since that time, …

The Vine: September 29, 2000
September 29, 2000 · No Comment

Hmm.I have to disagree to some extent with your advice for Uncelebratory.Yes, we're all adults, and learning to be comfortable with others in the family you've joined is part and parcel of being an adult.However, …

The Vine: September 28, 2000
September 28, 2000 · No Comment

Dear God's Gift to Intellect,
How do you say no to gifts?More specifically, how do you say "hell no" to the suggestion that it will be in your best interest to accept gifts from people in …