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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!

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 …

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

…and in the drama since I sent you that email, I forgot all about it – thought you'd like the update. First off, your advice was excellent, thank you. The person who wrote suggesting my …

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

Hi Sarah,It's not my usual policy to write regarding messages in your advice column; usually your insight and suggestions are excellent anyway. While I think your advice to Suddenly Alone was not substandard, I don't …

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

Okay, so I've been married for three months. My husband's been having a rough time lately. His job is incredibly stressful. The man who has been a father figure to him all his life has …

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

My boyfriend and I have been going out for over a year now and I love him to bits but he's so frustrating.At the moment we are on a one-week break trying to sort out …