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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 …

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 …