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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 …

The Vine: January 19, 2011
January 19, 2011 – 11:54 AM | 56 Comments
The Vine: January 19, 2011

This is not REALLY a cat-peeing-outside-the-box question, it's more of a theoretical question based on that circumstance.
The backstory: I gave my boyfriend a kitten 4 1/2 years ago, it was cute and squeaky and my …

The Vine: December 29, 2010
December 29, 2010 – 11:32 AM | 129 Comments
The Vine: December 29, 2010

Two weeks ago, my fiancé, J, went to sleep and didn't wake up the next day. He was 31 years old, generally healthy, and we still don't know exactly what happened. We are waiting for …

The Vine: November 17, 2010
November 17, 2010 – 11:29 AM | 29 Comments
The Vine: November 17, 2010

Dear Sars,
My husband and I got married about a year ago, after almost five years together. While not always the happiest guy, his funks usually only lasted a day or two. I thought they were …

The Vine: November 12, 2010
November 12, 2010 – 3:10 PM | 37 Comments
The Vine: November 12, 2010

Dear Sars,
On a scale from 1 to 10, how tacky is re-gifting one's wedding gift as another wedding gift?
The gift to be re-gifted is a Lalique crystal lovebird piece. It was given to me by …

The Vine: September 8, 2010
September 8, 2010 – 10:19 PM | 29 Comments
The Vine: September 8, 2010

Hi Sars,
You've said that we all want to have our exes admit it was all their fault and apologize — I just got that letter and I am not sure what to do about …

The Vine: August 25, 2010
August 25, 2010 – 10:26 AM | 61 Comments
The Vine: August 25, 2010

Dear Sars,
I am writing because I find myself increasingly…angry. I live in London and have done so for almost ten years. Because of my family situation, I won't be leaving the city any time soon.
I …

The Vine: August 11, 2010
August 11, 2010 – 10:25 AM | 56 Comments
The Vine: August 11, 2010

Hey Sars.
So here's the deal. My husband and I have four kids, one on the way, and two aging beagles. Everything was great — until all of a sudden it wasn't. Our fourth child was …

The Vine: July 14, 2010
July 14, 2010 – 11:12 AM | 36 Comments
The Vine: July 14, 2010

Dear Sars,
I've been searching the web for help on this problem and I couldn't find anything on this topic: Pressure to defriend someone on a social networking website.
A year ago I dated "Albert," who …

The Vine: June 30, 2010
June 30, 2010 – 9:50 AM | 37 Comments
The Vine: June 30, 2010

Dear Sars,
I have a question for you (and the readers) about therapy. And essentially it's this: how do you know if you just dislike your therapist because you're dealing with stuff you'd rather not, versus …