Dear Heloise: Whenever anyone sends an e-mail to MULTIPLE PARTIES, he or she should use “BCC” instead of the “To” field. The reason for this is privacy. “BCC” means “blind carbon copy,” and it prevents the addresses from being seen by the recipients.

I do not want someone to send my e-mail address to everyone he or she knows, especially without asking me first. Whenever people put the names in the “To” section of an e-mail, all of the names will appear in the e-mail that everyone receives. Same thing if they use “CC,” which means “carbon copy.” -- Lloyd in California

Lloyd, you have hit on one of my pet peeves! When I see an e-mail with all of those e-mail addresses, I think: “Wow! Would those folks want their private address and phone number sent ‘around the world’ for anyone to see?” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I have never felt comfortable with the price being printed on the back of greeting cards, and blocking it out with a marker never looked right, either. Now I cover the price with an address label, and problem solved! The person getting the card has a record of where it came from, and the card looks more appropriate. -- James in Massillon, Ohio

James, you do have a point. However, the price needs to be printed on the card, even though there is a bar code, too. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I made “time capsule notebooks” for each of our 11 grandchildren covering the year of their birth. The pages include important news items, fashions, hairstyles, foods, cars, home furnishings and appliances, electronics, etc. (including prices, of course). I also included lists of jobs, salaries, colleges and their ratings. Though the two oldest are just now ready for college, what fun to look back on what things were like when they were born! -- Esther P., Omaha


Dear Heloise: When my grandmother passed, I dug up a few sprigs of her favorite plants from her home and carefully transported them to my home. That was almost 10 years ago, and they are multiplying each year and keeping her memory very much alive. -- Susan S., Sterling, Va.


Dear Heloise: I use coupons for my dog food. I am always receiving coupons for free cans of soft food, but I only feed dry food to my dogs.

I use the free coupons and donate the soft food to the local shelter, which is easy because national pet-store chains have bins right inside their front door. Great for the shelters, and doesn’t cost me anything! -- A Dog Owner in Washington


Dear Heloise: A great way for men to keep socks, feet and shoes smelling nice is to spray a little of their favorite body spray on socks before putting them on. Works great! -- Tom in Santa Clarita, Calif.

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