Email: If, on the other hand, email is your chosen communication medium...perhaps your family, like ours, is dispersed all across the U.S....then you should consider doing a group mailing. The easiest way to do this is to collect all the email addresses you want to contact into a single text file, separating each from the others by commas or semicolons. To avoid excess typing, each one can be "copied"...by first selecting it with the mouse or keyboard...then choosing "copy" in the edit menu or hitting ctrl-C...and finally "pasted" in the text file and typing a comma (or semicolon) after it. Then, you can save that text file...call it "my_contacts" or something similar and whenever you want to send a mailing to that group of people, you can load the file, "copy" the entire set of email addresses at once, then paste them into the BCC row on your email program. We recommend that you send the email to yourself in the subject line, and post all other recipients in that row. That way, you will always get feedback on what you have written, and BCC (instead of CC) keeps the others from seeing each other's email addresses. If this does not matter, use CC.
A more sophisticated, but more time consuming method, is to set up a mailing list in your address book. That way, you can skip the copy/paste step when you send out an email to your group by just entering the name of your group mailing list...for example, "My_friends_and_family"...into the BCC or CC fields. Again, we recommend that you always send yourself the main copy, just to make sure everything worked as planned.