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16/31: In the Shadow of the Moon, or "A Teeny Oral History of Communally Experiencing the Space Program, Courtesy of My Parents"
December 17, 2011 – 12:14 PM | 11 Comments
16/31: <I>In the Shadow of the Moon</I>, or "A Teeny Oral History of Communally Experiencing the Space Program, Courtesy of My Parents"

I never get tired of the stories of the Apollo missions. Apollo 13, of course, is one of those poppy-fields movies that I can never not watch, and I think I put In the Shadow …

The Vine: November 30, 2011
November 30, 2011 – 9:22 AM | 100 Comments
The Vine: November 30, 2011

The holiday season is looming and I'm trying to figure out how to deal with a situation before it becomes a Situation. (Could be worse. Could be The Situation…) Brief background: we're thirtysomethings who live …

The Vine: October 19, 2011
October 19, 2011 – 6:16 PM | 42 Comments
The Vine: October 19, 2011

A few background items first (they do not sound related to each other at first glance, but they all contribute to the situation):
I am in my late 20s and live a couple hours away …

The Vine: August 24, 2011
August 24, 2011 – 9:49 AM | 66 Comments
The Vine: August 24, 2011

Now with follow-up info! — 10/17/11
I have a wedding-related conundrum, and I hope you (and the illustrious Vine readership) can help me figure out the best course of action.
My dear friend B just got engaged …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 19: Boulder, CO to Lincoln, NE
August 15, 2011 – 9:31 AM | 4 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 19: Boulder, CO to Lincoln, NE

I got a perfect country night's sleep and woke up at 6:30 AM, unprompted. I actually swung my feet to the ground, yawned, and stretched. I never do that. I'm out of bed with my …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 18: Rock Springs, WY to Boulder, CO
August 15, 2011 – 12:26 AM | 5 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 18: Rock Springs, WY to Boulder, CO

Jay told me the day before about a little Siamese that wandered into his room a few times. When I got up and pulled my curtains back, I saw her in a sunbeam in front …

The Vine: July 13, 2011
July 13, 2011 – 9:28 AM | 38 Comments
The Vine: July 13, 2011

I am a big DVD collector. I probably own over 400 DVDs, and that is a conservative estimate. (Honestly, I am afraid to count at this point, lest I realize the depth of my obsession.) …

The Vine: June 15, 2011
June 15, 2011 – 9:04 AM | 23 Comments
The Vine: June 15, 2011

My sister has, after about 14 years, finally admitted to being anorexic. I love her, and I'm so glad she is ready to get help.
Unfortunately, she lives in a very remote area, a good …

The Vine: May 25, 2011
May 25, 2011 – 3:07 PM | 27 Comments
The Vine: May 25, 2011

I'm just going to launch right in to this one:
Six months ago my father died. Both before and after he died my mother's brother, J, and his wife, B, made assurances to my father, mother …

The Vine: May 18, 2011
May 18, 2011 – 12:26 PM | 21 Comments
The Vine: May 18, 2011

I am hoping you and your readers may be able to provide me with some advice on dealing with my mother-in-law.
I have been with my partner for almost six years. He is one of three …