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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 …

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 …