[The Listserve] 4 People I Admire


These four people inspire me and have profoundly changed my life. Wendell Berry "Eating is an agricultural act." "To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival." Thich Nhat Hanh "Present...

[The Listserve] Peace

Stephen Hebert

In the past 48 hours, I have composed three entirely different versions of this message. I wish I had time to give it more thought. The 600-word limit probably saved me from a panic attack, but there are so many things I want to share with you. I a...

[The Listserve] Live Life

Ally Khaj

Every morning my dad and I talk before work; usually filled with a pump up speech or conversing about a new rap song he discovered. The morning I received the “winner” email, I couldn’t wait to tell him. My phone rang. It was he had already run 10 miles...

[The Listserve] Adding history to history

Gijsbert de Fokkert

Beep beep. Beep beep. I put down my metal detector, start digging, and uncover my first ever-found silver coin. It is from 1566! It is worth probably two Dollars, but for me it is like finding a huge treasure. You know what? Later that day, I dig up my ...

[The Listserve] hello world


Hello world. Some of my passions: Healthy gut The health of our entire physical and mental selves starts in our guts. We should be nourishing ourselves with real, whole food. Wild ferments. Pesticide-free crops. Homemade kombucha (my specialty), ...

[The Listserve] Many Moons


Happy day! A while back, I won the listserve (in 2016) and talked about my founding a waffle iron company! It's a little silly, and the business is still small, but it remains one of the achievements I'm proudest of. The email subject was (cleverly)...

[The Listserve] "Who's your worm-guy?"


I'm sending this way past the due date, but I'll see if my luck checks out. Last time I won people were really kind to me - I'm the one who wrote about losing his favored father-in-law in 2011. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who replied. Th...

[The Listserve] How randomness affects your life


It's a mistake not to think about randomness, for randomness is what you get if you don't make choices. Do you really want randomness controlling the most important events in your life? There are two kinds of randomness: The "true" kind, where it's i...

[The Listserve] Welcome to the Holidays


Hello from Texas! I'd like to introduce myself, but that's often a struggle because I feel split in so many directions that my identity can get a little lost. Unfortunately, I can be most accurately described as busy. I try my best to be a lot of...

[The Listserve] Geeky Thanksgiving to you all!

Kevin Thompson

Wow! I never thought I’d win! It's Thanksgiving eve here in Chicago, so here goes. Briefly, I’m a geeky trademark, copyright, and Internet lawyer in Chicago, but I am more than that. I am a husband to 1, a father to 3 boys, a legal blogger, a friend, a ...

[The Listserve] I did a thing and it's changed my life

The Listserve

Warning… I will ramble. I'm talking about diet, weight loss, and I absolutely will use the word fat and there’s some kink stuff tossed in for fun! I've always had a love hate relationship with my body. I loved my boobs, but hated my fat, round stomac...

[The Listserve] Go do the thing


I'm currently on a project that ends in a few weeks. At this point I've met enough people in my field and in life to realize that there isn't just one career path and that if I take some time off to work on my own projects, no one will give a fuck. S...

[The Listserve] Thank you

Shawn Martin

I'm a very very busy college student in Pennsylvania, USA. Unlike a lot of people it seems, I knew exactly what I would write if I ever won. Here it is: The following is a list of listserves I've found particularly nice, interesting inspirational,...

[The Listserve] Heroes

Rachel Van Krimpen

A couple of plugs at the outset: - I'm a donor recruitment volunteer for the Anthony Nolan Trust in the UK - check them out, or find their equivalent in your country. I donated bone marrow myself through them a few years ago and it was a very easy wa...

[The Listserve] MMXVII & Second Best Records

Charles B.

It's close to winter this MMXVII and I am here in Montréal, Canada. Exactly one year and five months ago, I started my very own record label - Second Best - with the intention of building a neat little community of artists whom I adore and want to help ...

[The Listserve] Chronicle 1471: History of the 21st Century; Social Media and “Fake News”


Only 376 short years before the exodus of the first colonists to our Moon, and before the population of Earth devolved into the Barbarians they are today, the human race was just beginning to come to grips with a new and complicated problem: the inabili...

[The Listserve] Science is the Future


We are all human beings trying to find our place in this world. When we put in perspective how tiny our planet is compared to the vastness of space and how our lives are literally a blink in the timeline of our universe we should be striving for and tea...

[The Listserve] DSM- We: Drugs, Sex, and Mental Wellness


In the next 360 seconds, I invite you to feel. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Find a comfortable position. If you read anything with intention today, h...

[The Listserve] 599 words

gail a

Comparison is the thief of joy. It also steals contentment. It kills relationships. We live in a culture obsessed with MORE. Bigger homes, newer cars, exotic vacations, larger paychecks, faster phones. Smarter kids, bigger boobs, more important jobs, In...

[The Listserve] A Glimpse Into the Windowpane


My favorite Listserves are the ones where you learn about something, and get a glimpse into the writer’s life. Here’s some stuff I care about that I don’t usually get to talk about. Essential Oils* The more well-known oils are great (lavender [calms...

[The Listserve] My past 2 months

Chase Lambert

* Health
 * I’ve done some sort of physical activity every day. This has been a top priority of mine
 * Running – there’s a track nearby that’s been wonderful. I used to run track in high school, and it feels like an old friend. I’ve gotten mu...

[The Listserve] Life's Better Tan


Growing up on the Jersey Shore kind of makes you addicted to the beach. For most the year, my hometown of Wildwood, NJ is desolate. The ocean is cold, beaches empty, and blinking yellow traffic lights line the streets. But every year, Memorial Day We...

[The Listserve] Stop and Smell the Silicone Burning

Erik Nygren

I consider myself a lucky man, because I love my work. When we are young, the world seems an endless place, full of possibility. We dream perhaps of scholarship, of parenthood, of wealth or of success. As we reach for these goals, we find they don’t ...

[The Listserve] One home, one family

Timothy Olumide

I'm more than elated when I got this message—the winning listservs. :-) "If you have the opportunity to address 25,000 people what would you say to them?" My thought asked me prior the day I got notified of my winning. Now this is it. We live in an ag...

[The Listserve] we all have a butthole chakra


"our brain is a car. when we feel the engine rev, we know we need to shift the gear. we must ask ourselves these questions in order to change the habits of the brain - to shift the gear into the mode of love, peace, and happiness. this muscle can be tra...

[The Listserve] I had difficulties writing a suitable subject, so you let me know.


So, Hello. It’s been more than two years since I joined, and I always wanted to be selected for this. When I woke up this morning, I reached for my phone and found out that I have made it! I was so excited! So many things that I wanted to say! I dea...

[The Listserve] Hello World!


Hello / Bonjour / Jo napot kivanok. My name is Deborah and I'm a Canadian by nationality and spirit. Europe was my home, however, for almost 8 1/2 years. I'm married to my very best friend, a good looking, hard-working man with a generous soul. I sta...

[The Listserve] Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Claire Brooks

Hey Listserv Readers – My name is Claire Brooks and I am a creative producer from NYC. What does a producer do exactly? Good question – I’m not always sure and I’ve been doing this for 6 years. Most days, it feels like a bit of everything. A good ...

[The Listserve] Greg's Rules for Greg


A few years ago I started making rules for myself because I wanted to help future Greg make the best decisions he can. These rules apply only to myself. Greg's Rules for Greg  1. If you're debating between shaving and not shaving you should always...

[The Listserve] To hear truth, listen without judgment

Oliver (Ozzie) Crocco

"For Christmas in 2013 my beloved mother wrote her five children a short letter entitled, "One hundred fifty-seven words for my children." She told me this is what she would send The Listserve if she ever won. I wouldn't be the man I am today were it no...