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The Vine: May 4, 2011
May 4, 2011 – 2:05 PM | 24 Comments
The Vine: May 4, 2011

I am hoping you can give me some advice regarding arranging for the disposition of my father's remains.
My father was an alcoholic, and I had not had any contact with him or any knowledge …

The Vine: April 27, 2011
April 27, 2011 – 2:29 PM | 69 Comments
The Vine: April 27, 2011

My boyfriend and I packed our things and moved from Florida to his hometown in Connecticut about six months ago — on the whole, it was a good move. We both hated the south and …

The Vine: February 23, 2011
February 23, 2011 – 11:51 AM | 99 Comments
The Vine: February 23, 2011

I'm writing to you today about a very delicate situation. I'm totally lost as to what, if anything, I can do. I really need your help.
Here's a little background: I have a sister who I …

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: January 5, 2011
January 5, 2011 – 12:28 PM | 79 Comments
The Vine: January 5, 2011

Dear Sars,
My partner and I wouldn't win any awards for housekeeping, but our house is clean enough — it's not filthy, unhygienic, or unsafe. We're not going to be ambushed on any house-cleaning reality shows …

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: December 15, 2010
December 15, 2010 – 2:31 PM | 33 Comments
The Vine: December 15, 2010

Dear Sars:
My partner and I have been together three years now.We have a wonderful relationship and both feel very fortunate that both sets of parents are accepting of our relationship.Now, here comes the "but."
My partner's …

The Vine: December 1, 2010
December 1, 2010 – 10:32 AM | 61 Comments
The Vine: December 1, 2010

Dear Sars,
I have a very confusing in-law situation going on right now that I am not sure what to do about, and everyone I have asked for advice has just kind of shaken their …

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 …