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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: April 11, 2014
April 11, 2014 · 8 Comments
The Vine: April 11, 2014

Cat-owning home office folk, help!

The Vine: April 9, 2014
April 9, 2014 · 16 Comments
The Vine: April 9, 2014

I'm trying to find the name of a movie I saw as a kid and Vine readers are usually able to figure out anything. This has stumped my Facebook friends and my Google skills, including …

Bang The Drum Slowly (…not THAT slowly)
April 6, 2014 · 13 Comments
<em>Bang The Drum Slowly</em> (…not THAT slowly)

Bruce Pearson (Robert De Niro), C-plus catcher for the New York Mammoths, finds out before the season begins that he has terminal Hodgkin's lymphoma. The only other person he entrusts with the information is his …

TN in TN
April 3, 2014 · 5 Comments
TN in TN

The Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture is Friday!

Hobey, 1995-2014
March 28, 2014 · 213 Comments
Hobey, 1995-2014

One time, years ago, I started making a list of all the nicknames I had for the Hobe: Orangino. Hobey Wan. Clicks. Herr Mittenspiel. Grampy. Creamsicle. Tolstoy.

The Vine: March 26, 2014
March 26, 2014 · 26 Comments
The Vine: March 26, 2014

My ex-husband and I have been divorced for 12 years, and I have custody of our 13-year-old son.
I am remarried, and my son visits his father somewhat irregularly, but often enough that they have …

The Vine: March 21, 2014
March 21, 2014 · 29 Comments
The Vine: March 21, 2014

My friends and I recall a certain scene opening from a book, but can't remember which book. It's kinda driving us crazy.

The Vine: March 19, 2014
March 19, 2014 · 6 Comments
The Vine: March 19, 2014

I have an old friend who is having some pretty serious mental health problems. We were close in the K-12 years and have drifted apart over the last decade-plus, but we still keep in touch.

TN Read-Along #18: The Good Nurse Live Chat
March 17, 2014 · 11 Comments
TN Read-Along #18: <em>The Good Nurse</em> Live Chat

The Good Nurse live chat is happening tomorrow — that's Tuesday March 18 — at 1 PM Eastern!