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The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

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The Vine: December 30, 2009
December 30, 2009 – 1:24 PM | 55 Comments

Dear Sars,
I’ve read The Vine for a while and I think this is a new one.The closest one I can think of is the guy who bought all the chain mail off of eBay, but …

The Vine: December 23, 2009
December 23, 2009 – 12:51 PM | 65 Comments

Hi Sars,
For some time, I’ve been engaged in a long, fruitless search for a shower caddy (of the hang-it-over-the-showerhead-variety) that does not rust. I’ve searched the usual suspects — BBB, Linens ‘n’ Things, The Container …

The Vine: December 18, 2009
December 18, 2009 – 9:13 AM | 72 Comments

Hi Sars!
I recently returned from a trip to Europe, and I have a photo of a gorgeous alley in Amsterdam. I couch-surfed while in the Netherlands, and my host told me a famous writer/philosopher had …

The Vine: December 16, 2009
December 16, 2009 – 2:32 PM | 94 Comments

Hey Sars,
So, I’m not going to bore you with the same “my cat pees out of the litterbox” question.He had urinary stones, they’ve been dealt with, he still pees inappropriately.I deal with it.Here’s my question …

The Vine: December 11, 2009
December 11, 2009 – 12:36 PM | 50 Comments

Hi, Sars:
I have two adorable longish-haired cats and they shed.A lot.Even with daily sweeping, cat hair tumbleweeds go a-tumblin’ by on a daily basis, and every pair of yoga pants I own look as if …

The Vine: December 9, 2009
December 9, 2009 – 3:50 PM | 59 Comments

The Ask The Readers Holiday Gift Jam continues!At a loss/not feeling it this year?Let the TN readers help!
Hey Sars,
I need some help from the readership.I need some new nightgowns for Christmas and I’d like to …

The Vine: December 4, 2009
December 4, 2009 – 11:58 AM | 80 Comments

Keep those holiday-themed Ask The Reader requests coming, folks — ’tis the season to suffer giver’s block, so let your fellow TNeers help out.
Dear Sars,
I have a dilemma and I’m hoping Vine readers might be …

The Vine: December 2, 2009
December 2, 2009 – 12:14 PM | 74 Comments

Dear Sars,
I’m looking for a great self-help book that can teach me how to deal with difficult people. Specifically, my sister-in-law Carrie.
If I spend too much time trying to describe her, it will only make …

The Vine: November 25, 2009
November 25, 2009 – 2:12 PM | 29 Comments

Hi Sars,
For ages I’ve been trying to find an animated movie version of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe that I saw as a child (during the ’80s).
I checked IMDB first, of course, …

The Vine: November 20, 2009
November 20, 2009 – 9:21 AM | 20 Comments

I have just discovered your site and am nearly jumping up and down that there is a place for me to ask about books I read as a child that I can’t remember the …