[The Listserve] Explanation #2

Donald Bermont

I want to begin with an apology. A few years ago I won this honor of posting some thoughts on this List. At the end, I stated that since I’d been a therapist for almost forty years I had seen and heard almost everything, and now, as I aged, I had all ...

[The Listserve] Live deliberately. You are free.

Marla K

"The World is meaningless. There is no God or gods. There are no morals. The Universe is not moving inexorably towards any higher purpose. All meaning is man-made, so make your own and make it well. Do not treat your life as a way to pass time until you...

[The Listserve] How I See It


What I know – or think I know – is that the world is big. I have passed through at least some significant and difficult period of wrestling with the question of how to be alive, of what to do with the accident of life, and what seems clear to me is that...

[The Listserve] I’m not responsible if you break your picture frames


Here’s a puzzle: How can you hang a picture from two nails (nailed into a wall in a normal fashion) so that removing either one of the nails causes the picture to fall? It may not look like it at first, but this is a math puzzle; in fact, it’s connec...

[The Listserve] Shit Happens

Shiraz Kanga

My letter of advice to my son when he went off to study at UC Berkeley, now becomes my advice to the world ... SHIT HAPPENS Rus - I've always tried to teach you & your brothers that life is never fair. The secret of life that no one tells you is t...

[The Listserve] I’m not responsible if you break your picture frames


Here’s a puzzle: How can you hang a picture from two nails (nailed into a wall in a normal fashion) so that removing either one of the nails causes the picture to fall? It may not look like it at first, but this is a math puzzle; in fact, it’s connec...

[The Listserve] What is cinema?

Miguel Faus

I'm a film critic and aspiring filmmaker from Barcelona, so today I want to talk about cinema. From my experience, cinema is something that everyone is familiar with as a movie goer or spectator, but only a few people really know what it IS. I'm serious...

[The Listserve] A Few Things I've Learned

Mike Terranova

A few things I have learned in my years here on Earth. If you truly have a dream career, not just an interest in something, but a real dream, then quit what you are doing and go after it. I did that about 6 years ago, and it has made my entire left ...

[The Listserve] Winter is coming


When winter is coming Better dress warm and Try to enjoy the snow. All the best for 2017 Lodewijk The Hague effeietsanders.listserv@gmail.com

[The Listserve] Swords Are Great

Dani Naylor

I do swordfighting. Almost every week I go to fight with some of the loveliest people I know, using methods hundreds of years old. It's a great community full of enthusiastic, skilled people working really hard at a shared interest - researching and pra...

[The Listserve] Gone batty!

Sarah C.

What’s your favorite animal? Mine has always been the orca whale, but really, all whales are awesome. I hoped to study whales, but I got a bit sidetracked when I found myself clutching a squeaking little brown bat two years ago while doing biology resea...

[The Listserve] Christmas leftovers


It is interesting how some calm days can change your perspective of the world. Sitting on my bed, I wake up thinking of plans to change my life. Maybe not the kind of extreme changes that once so excited me. Small steps, but able to get in the way of re...

[The Listserve] Social Work and Horror- Tell Me About It


Hi everyone! I'm looking for some notes on a couple of things and I'd love to hear your thoughts. First, to anyone that has ever had a social worker in their life- is there anything that you wish that person would've known? And second, I'm a bit...

[The Listserve] If I Could Ask For One Thing...


I've been a part of the list serve for almost 5 years now and I never thought I'd be chosen to write my own. I've thought for a long time about what I would say if I were chosen and now the opportunity has presented itself, I'm at a loss. I think I'...

[The Listserve] Toasties Assemble


Since November 9, I've felt like I'm in a bad dream from which I can't wake. I'm so afraid of what will happen over the next few years. I have found some comfort in doing small things - sending mail, setting aside little bits of money to be able to help...

[The Listserve] Who will you choose to receive your letter?

Genie Gratto

This is the thing about a hand-written letter: It’s ephemeral. It’s personal. It’s (mostly) untraceable. It doesn’t go into a database. It's not for public consumption. That’s what makes letters so very valuable. They are more and more rare, and, yet...

[The Listserve] 60 Seconds Start…Now

Dev Iyer

My name is Dev Iyer and I’m a male, 24 year old, Indian-American. I was born inside the Bible Belt town of Huntsville, Alabama. It was a magical place – full of overflowing Southern hospitality and a relaxed pace of life, juxtaposed by the clattering so...

[The Listserve] I don' wanna say nuffink

Ben Scott

I've no interest in impressing or enlightening anybody. Which is odd 'cos I write for a living, and I may be quitting my dayjob in a few months, I should probably use this opportunity to promote my freelance services. Meh, I have a wife and kids and a ...

[The Listserve] Remember me?

mehmet bicer

I am the guy who asked Listserve community to help for marriage proposal two and a half years ago. Some great people among you sent me their photos holding a paper with our names on it. It was such a great surprise for her family that her father started...

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Carl Rauscher

I thought the pawn shop empty but there she was, leaning over the glass display next to me and staring deeply at the pieces for sale within. She was beautiful in a retro-fringed jacket and faded jeans kind of way. "Ever wonder what they'd say if they...

[The Listserve] CRPS/RSD and you

Rick and Claudia

You probably haven't heard of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD, sometimes RSDS) or even Causalgia. These are all names for an illness that really hasn't penetrated the public consciousness, more for lack of kno...

[The Listserve] Truth and Uncertainty


Truth and Uncertainty We hear a lot these days about the ‘post truth’ world. The search for truth and understanding is as old as man, the curious animal. In the mere 200,000 years that humans have existed, ’civilized’ man has only been around for 6,...

[The Listserve] Thank you, America! (From a grateful immigrant)


I’d like to dedicate this post to America. Coming here (for the second time) as an immigrant, I have been truly amazed at the opportunities that this country has given me to grow into my best self. From an education alongside the brightest minds I’ve...

[The Listserve] Simple

Dagi Cueppers

I hope you are appreciating the beauty of this day, sweet friend. Like, right now. I hope you feel the glory of this life reflected in your heart. Just for a moment. How simple it all is, really. Love and joy and peace and gratitude. And when you fee...

[The Listserve] Sonder and a Puzzle

Joe Pietruch

With apologies to Evan Noble, Roman, Kyle V., anyone else who used sonder in their Listserve submissions before I signed up, as well as all of you who are reading about sonder for perhaps the fourth-plus time… it's just too fitting not to use in this co...

[The Listserve] My life purpose

Deanne B

Everyone is searching for the reason they were put on this planet. What is their purpose? I haven’t a clue what mine is. At this age (53) I thought I would it all figured out. I was wrong. I think the problem is that we all believe our purpose ha...

[The Listserve] Insecurities


As most people always say on Listserve, I can't believe I won! I have no clue what to write, and like them, I feel the exact same way. I never feel like I have anything important to say so I'm just going to ramble and if you're cool with that or not, d...

[The Listserve] My Best Story

Chris Thompson

Senior year of college I was working as a building supervisor at the University Center, a large building with tall tower. You could hear the tower striking out the quarter hour throughout the day, and sometimes a carillon of bells performing a fight son...

[The Listserve] Simple, lighthearted purity

Noah Westreich

The first time I won the Listserve, I wrote about the Deep South being the last frontier for LGBT equality in the US. Now I’m afraid that we are not only regressing to old attitudes and policies towards society’s vulnerable, but entering into a time of ...

[The Listserve] From Dubai to Toronto ( on immigration, jobs and happiness)

Khurram Farooq

So I just won the ListServe lottery... Pretty good timing considering that I am going through a completely new chapter of my life. I have just migrated to Toronto (Dubai being my previous home). Some thoughts: Love the city, love the country Lo...