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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: September 22, 2000
September 22, 2000 · No Comment

Dear Sarah,
I have recently entered a graduate program for creative writing. My workshop class began a few weeks ago, and though it's for the most part full of creative people who are also fun and …

The Vine: September 21, 2000
September 21, 2000 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
You probably get a lot of letters for advice on this type of thing, but here is my dilemma anyway.I have a very close friend, one of my best friends, whom I basically fell …

The Vine: September 20, 2000
September 20, 2000 · No Comment

Dear Sarah,
I have a problem and I hope you can help me. I'm twenty years old and have been going out with this wonderful guy for about six months. He's funny, intelligent, extremely kind, and …

Summer's End
September 19, 2000 · No Comment

I went to a new bar last night. I do not like going to new bars, and Ernie had to furnish me with notarized documents swearing up, down, and around the side that the new …

Dear Old Golden Rule Days
September 19, 2000 · No Comment

I always marked off my childhood summers according to clearly delineated dates. The countdown to getting out of school started at Memorial Day, and then a couple of weeks later, school let out, and we …

Picture Imperfect
September 19, 2000 · No Comment
Picture Imperfect

I do not like having my picture taken. Yeah, yeah, everyone says that, and everyone groans when they see pictures of themselves – "Like, could I look any fatter?" and "Okay, they keep talking about …

Hobey, Come Home
September 19, 2000 · No Comment

It started on Thursday night when Hobey went into The Throw-Up Crouch. Cat owners everywhere know The Throw-Up Crouch: the cat is going about his business, surveying his domain or taking a nap or administering …

The Vine: September 8, 2000
September 8, 2000 · No Comment

Okay Sarah,I am a radical, embittered undergraduate student in creative writing, emphasis on poetry (as you can tell, I have yet to master grammar). Lately I've been in need of a vision quest, something that …

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

Hey…I am a twenty-year-old chica who is stressing big time. I have finished two and a half years of college and I just took a quarter off. My problem is that with the fall quarter …

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

Dear Sarah,I once had a friend who was very dear to me…I will call her E. The three of us (including my younger sister) have stayed best friends for over ten years even though she …