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The Vine: September 7, 2011
September 7, 2011 – 1:58 PM | 120 Comments
The Vine: September 7, 2011

What's your opinion of cash bars at weddings?
I attended a wedding recently where there was a charge attached to every beverage except tap water. This was met with a ton of grousing (I heard …

The Vine: June 29, 2011
June 29, 2011 – 1:53 PM | 33 Comments
The Vine: June 29, 2011

I have a problem regarding a friend's wedding. Friend, whom I'll call "Barbara," is getting married in a month and I have to decide if I'm going.
Barbara is a co-worker of mine and decided …

The Vine: June 22, 2011
June 22, 2011 – 9:08 AM | 9 Comments
The Vine: June 22, 2011

A few years ago, I worked as a caregiver for elderly clients. One of my clients was Mr. B, and during the time I worked with him, I became close with his wife. Mrs. B …

The Vine: May 11, 2011
May 11, 2011 – 4:30 PM | 77 Comments
The Vine: May 11, 2011

Please bear with the prom drama, as I'm hoping to get your opinion.
My daughter is a high-school sophomore, and was asked to the Junior/Senior Prom by a guy friend. JL, a good friend of hers …

The Vine: April 13, 2011
April 13, 2011 – 1:01 PM | 22 Comments
The Vine: April 13, 2011

I've been asked to be a bridesmaid in a close friend's wedding. There are four bridesmaids altogether — the other three are all family members. Bridesmaid dress selection has been difficult — bride-to-be keeps changing …

The Vine: April 6, 2011
April 6, 2011 – 12:16 PM | 35 Comments
The Vine: April 6, 2011

I have a social-media etiquette question. Is it ever okay to tell someone the truth about why you unfollowed them on Twitter?
A little backstory here. "Nina" is a friend of mine from childhood. We were …

The Vine: March 30, 2011
March 30, 2011 – 3:57 PM | 53 Comments
The Vine: March 30, 2011

My partner and I are planning to get married next year. But the fact is, we both hate wearing jewelry, and neither of us wants to wear a ring for the rest of our lives. …

The Vine: March 23, 2011
March 23, 2011 – 11:08 AM | 39 Comments
The Vine: March 23, 2011

Last year I broke up with my long-term live-in boyfriend. We had been together through a volatile period on both of our lives with financial ups and downs for both of us. When the dust …

The Vine: February 16, 2011
February 16, 2011 – 11:16 AM | 10 Comments
The Vine: February 16, 2011

I have a quick question on blog etiquette. On personal blogs, should every comment be acknowledged?
For the new year I started to blog regularly. They aren't long or even very interesting posts. My posts are …

The Vine: February 9, 2011
February 9, 2011 – 10:04 AM | 43 Comments
The Vine: February 9, 2011

Dear Sars,
I'm wondering about the limits of gift etiquette, and I'd be really interested in your view, since I know your gift manners are exemplary.
I have an older sister. The thing about her is that …