Family Flame War

An e-mail list can be a great way for far-flung siblings to keep in touch--if they do it by the book

As the eldest of nine children, I've spent most of my life rounding up unruly siblings--for dinner when we were little, for special occasions now that we live in five different states--and I have the phone bills to prove it. You might think our close-knit clan would benefit from one of the many free group e-mail services available on the Internet. You might think they would save us time and money and headaches, since a single posting can take the place of serial e-mails or toll calls, spreading the word about who needs a ride to Thanksgiving dinner, for instance, or...

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