[The Listserve] I have no words of wisdom to offer


So, I won! Yay, me. I became a member a couple of months after this project started. I found it via stumble upon and it caught my attention right away; the idea of receiving emails from real people from around the world excited me. Sort of like having a...

[The Listserve] Preventing HIV - it ain't what it used to be


Did you know there is a medication approved by the FDA and some Euro countries that prevents HIV infection? There is! And it's incredibly effective. The concept is called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. Right now, one drug is approved, but a lot of ot...

[The Listserve] I will be what I will be?


“Cause we are broken What must we do to restore our innocence And all the promise we adored?” - Hayley Williams Pretty cliche, right? When I was an angsty teenager I found it profound. Now, burdened with the self-conscious self-awareness of an ang...

[The Listserve] Desires 


My morning journaling the day I won. My desires for myself vs. Gods desires for me: - help others vs. love others - do the bare minimum vs. giving my all to His call - stay in my depression vs. walk in His light - success vs. surrender - money...

[The Listserve] From Leiden to Zipaquirá, to the rest of the world.

Anna Helena

Time flies when you're having fun. And when you just won the Listserve and have only 48 hours to come up with something to write. I am writing all of you from this little place called Zipaquirá, Colombia. Tomorrow, wednesday the 6th of March, marks m...

[The Listserve] The Search for Meaning

Joshua Y

Eighteen. Vacant. 37. Orange. Touched. Migrate. Patient. 1120. Tortoise. Illustrate. The previous words have no meaning, at least not on their own. Not without context. Why are they organized the way that they are? Even I don't know, and I'm the one ...

[The Listserve] Conservationist Conservator; not Conservative


A conservator is someone who works in a cultural institution or in the private sector, conserving art and artifacts for the future. We have sometimes been called “restorers” but that term implies a craftsperson, while the profession has come to encompas...

[The Listserve] Hi!


Right now, I am sitting in the waiting room while my dad is having surgery. All of the humor I wanted to share was forgotten when I remembered I had minutes to submit my email!! Doesn’t help that my mind is going 1000 miles a minute while my dad’s bac...

[The Listserve] Rush Right In

Heather Yang

I always wondered what the email winners of the Listserve received said. Now I know. I don’t remember when exactly I joined the Listserve, but I do know that I joined because of a Listserve email my best friend Nikki had forwarded to me years ago. I ...

[The Listserve] The Colorado River ate my homework


On February 1 2018, I drove from Los Angeles to Flagstaff to meet 11 strangers with whom I would be rafting 226 miles of the Colorado River. Our trip ended yesterday. After hiking the Hayduke Trail along the Colorado River deep in the Grand Canyon in 20...

[The Listserve] Three requests and three favorites

Dave Stookesberry

It has been a hard week. Once again, more kids have been gunned down in a senseless act of violence. However, kids give me hope. They have taken this tragedy which could sink them, and instead rallied to demand changes to make this a safer and more c...

[The Listserve] dooooo eeeeeeeeet

Tony Colston

When I signed up years ago I intended to use the listserve to show off my business that I co-founded. But time has past and we sold it. I still work there. You can see it here: cross browser testing DOT com I used to play in a band. And I wish I still ...

[The Listserve] Choose To Love


It feels strangely coincidental that I’ve won the Listserve this week. I know that the news has shown nothing but gun control debates for the last few days, and I’m sorry if this feels redundant. I would like to share my story with you because it has ne...

[The Listserve] After Your Kid Has Cancer

Chris Cummings

I won the listserve in the fall of 2016. I honestly never thought I’d win once, let alone twice. At that time my family was going through one of the biggest nightmares you could imagine as a parent. My 13 year old daughter had been diagnosed with Ost...

[The Listserve] My Favorite Poem


I've enjoyed reading everyone's responses to the Listserve over the last 4 years. I'm a big subscriber to the theory that someone has probably said whatever you want to say better than you have... so I'll leave you all with my favorite poem. On Child...

[The Listserve] Be kind

Jesper Bröring

Hello fellow listservers, It has been 1601 days since I signed up to the listserve back in October 2013. Since then I have started multiple topics I thought I should write about, but it still caught me by surprise. I’ve had a loss in my family last w...

[The Listserve] Help me explore the world!

Andrea D

Confession: this is the second time I've won The Listserve, but the first time I was too afraid I didn't have anything interesting to say! This time around, I'm throwing caution to the wind and I'm here asking you to help me on my grand adventure. I'...

[The Listserve] It's hard to draw when it's cold

Paulina Stanek

Hey, My name is Paulina and I live in a crappy and cold city of Warsaw, Poland. I'm a 25 year old graphic designer and animator and I'm one of the creators of a very cool family "theatre-like" TV series. I work for a public institution - a national ...

[The Listserve] Embracing An Unexpected Field


When I first saw that I had won the Listserve I was so surprised! (and excited!) Most of my life these days is focused on work. For the last 3+ years, I've been working in consulting and cannot imagine myself in another field! Since high school, I was ...

[The Listserve] War and corruption


Hello. I am a national of the Sudan. Let me tell you, the state of my country saddens everyone that knows of its history. We were a British colony, and when they left, we had the longest rail network in Africa. Sudan Airways was founded in 1946, one ...

[The Listserve] Don’t Fear It, Just Ride It


I thought the chances of my being selected were so slim that I’d never have to consider what I’d write for this. And now that I’ve been selected, I thought about letting it go and pretending I didn’t win. But I got chosen, and I don’t think that’s just ...

[The Listserve] Engineers dilemma

Matt Garrison

I joined the listserve in April, 2014 and this is my first time being selected. As for details, i'm almost 32 and am an Electrical Engineer, married, 3 wonderful children. I'm at a weird place in life at the moment. When I was young I set goals that ...

[The Listserve] I'll be fast.


Hello Listservers, My name is Francesco and I'm from a little italian island named Ischia. I have read a lot of massages from you, and they are all beatuful. I heard about beautiful stories and beautiful people. I don't want to give you some tips about...

[The Listserve] Barcelona


I live in Barcelona. Ask me anything: sophiainbcn@gmail.com And if you ever visit, get in touch. I'd love to meet you! Sophia Barcelona sophiainbcn@gmail.com

[The Listserve] Swimming in The Milky Way

Nina Mutik

Five years ago I fell in love with a mountain and a lake. When I was a child the patch of forest between the suburban apartment buildings was full of wonders. Small gnomes lived under the big mossy boulder, the rusted knife we found under the roots o...

[The Listserve] Not So Terrible Twos

Kathy K. Lui

Not So Terrible Twos: Part I I had been on the Listserve for two years the first time I won the opportunity to share my thoughts with the twenty-two thousand of you. That was two years ago. In that email, I asked Listservers to pass on opportuni...

[The Listserve] Gravy: Afterlife Social Media

Gravy Corporation

Gravy is an afterlife social media platform that allows you to continue to connect after you cross to the other side. By installing Gravy’s proprietary deep learning algorithms in all your current social media accounts, our app aggregates the entirety ...

[The Listserve] Thanks You's

Alice Osborne

Hi you, I'm Alice, it is a honour to meet you, and be this side of things. I am a designer and I design activity product for people living with dementia. I care a lot about ageing, dementia, care homes and end of life. If that's of interest to you, a...

[The Listserve] I Hate Fish (except tuna in a can)


The absolute best feeling on earth is peeing in the ocean. If anyone here has not tried it, you are missing out. Taryn LA ICUPintheSea@gmail.com

[The Listserve] Cesium Futures

Geoffrey Brown

Hello sir and/or ma'am, Two words for you: CESIUM FUTURES Now you may be wondering what exactly this cesium thing is and why to buy futures. If you look at the periodic table, it's on the lower left side, sorta. How can this guy give us back ou...