[The Listserve] A Christmas Memory

Ben Fuller

First before my story my brief PSA. Vaccinate yourself and your children. You're not only protecting yourself/child but all of the people who can't be vaccinated and are immunosuppressed. They don't cause autism. The most memorable, but saddening, h...

[The Listserve] Hypnosis

David Baumgold

I'm a hypnotist. Yes, really. A lot of people have a lot of misconceptions about hypnosis, so I thought I'd clear up a few things. 1. Hypnosis is a real thing. It has been extensively studied, documented, and scientifically verified. Do some Google s...

[The Listserve] 'Ndagukunda' means 'I Love You' in Kinyarwandan

Rachel G.

When I was 15 or 16, I remember sitting next to my mom on a plane getting ready to take off for Texas. We were visiting family friends, just the two of us, leaving my dad and brothers behind. My mom turned to me and said, "I'm so excited! This is the fi...

[The Listserve] Let’s Talk About Universal Basic Income

Peter Goodspeed-Niklaus

I can’t say I was expecting this: last time I won the listserve lottery, I wrote about how lucky I was to have been chosen only three years after joining. That was 15 months ago, and I assure you: the chance of winning twice in 4.5 years is even lower t...

[The Listserve] It Happened In The Frozen Food Aisle

Rachel Z Cornell

It happened in the frozen food section at my parent’s local supermarket. She could no longer keep up niceties. She was a woman melting down because she just wanted a frozen dessert. Cancer got the best of her while standing in front of the ice cream loo...

[The Listserve] Keep Moving

Maureen Barberio

This past spring, my younger son and his girlfriend took a trip to the Smoky Mountains where they rented a place and went hiking during the day. About a week after they got back home, the two of them, along with my older son, came over for dinner an...

[The Listserve] My Life as a Photograph

Abe Shenk

This is a picture of a growing city. In the foreground you can see a fading memory of the old green hills and a single browning patch of grass. Further in the distance, you see the solitary sliver of Golden Gate Park, desperately holding on to a city th...

[The Listserve] My five most life-altering moments


In chronological order: 1. The drummer from the high school band, a fellow sophomore named Garrett, approached me at lunch to ask if I wanted to get together and play some music that weekend. He knew that in addition the trumpet and keyboard I played...

[The Listserve] On Planning

Amanda Moss

I am an expert planner (self-proclaimed). I’ve been in training since I was a little thing. When my parents woke me in the morning, I would ask for the day’s plan before I even opened my eyes. By my freshman year of high school, I had it all figure...

[The Listserve] 2 easy ways to avoid being seen as an a-hole

Abby F.

1) When boarding an airplane, put your coat and your backpack/purse under the seat in front of you. If you put those items in the overhead compartment, onlookers will think you're an a-hole. 2) Stay to the right when driving on the highway - unless y...

[The Listserve] #NoFilter

Katie E. Auten

We often filter what we remember in a light that is positive for ourselves. Is that wrong? What if those memories were actually full of kind memories? What if someone’s favorite memory was something kind that you, a complete stranger, did to make their...

[The Listserve] Donald Trump Wins The Listserve!

David Tanenholz

"When the Listserve sends its emails, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending emails that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to you. They’re bringing spam. They’re bringing preachiness. They’...

[The Listserve] Turning my LEGO passion into a living

Martin Storbeck

Maybe everyone had this idea: Quit your job and make a living from whatever you like best. Many people like their comfort zone, though they don’t give it a try. I like my comfort zone too, but I try nonetheless… I have not quit my job (yet) but reduced ...

[The Listserve] Jesus was an Astral Traveller


“And that’s what the Bible is: an astral story; a very groovy astral story, at one level anyway. It’s a good astral story, but illusions are illusions.” I saw that printed on a poster for a show here in town several years ago, and it made me chuckle ...

[The Listserve]  "The Gypsy Who Loved Me"

Dr. Beatz

A lifetime of pain condensed into a few weeks, released as eyes open to what has been in front of me the whole time. Winning the list serve was no surprise. It was the final piece of recovery from my darkest hours yet. There are no coincidences. 3 ...

[The Listserve] Haunting


I don't know what my own story is, I'm still working on it. I didn't want to bring myself to write this story but my twin sister Tory reminded me to be brave and she is always right. 2 years ago I lived in a haunted house on McClellan Ave. with my s...

[The Listserve] My top five most life-altering events

Think of a number between 1 and 10. Then open this.

According to statistics, It was likely seven. Now go call your parents, Before they’re in heaven. David H dh.listserve@gmail.com Brooklyn, NY

[The Listserve] Faith

Lívia Carelli

Oi mundo,não acredito que chegou minha vez! Queria agradecer a todas as histórias e conselhos já escritos aqui, alguns me marcaram e ajudaram muito. Por isso, hoje queria deixar o meu: nunca perca a fé! Minha vó foi a melhor pessoa que já conheci,...

[The Listserve] positivity baby!

Sarah Hennessy

Wow! Hi everyone! It's a great honor to get chosen to write for the Listserve. I love hearing all your stories, advice and zests for life. It's a pretty amazing community to be apart of. I would like to talk to you guys about a positive mindset. I...

[The Listserve] My Other Left Breast. Or a Reason to Meet in Chicago Over Cheese


It's not often the average person gets a second chance at winning. Well, I guess I am no longer average. Because this is the second time that I have won the drawing for the Listserve. The last time I heard from Zena Koo, I was in NYC on holiday i...

[The Listserve] Easily creating your own Travel Guide


1. Go places 2. Search "google my maps" and click the first link (assuming you have gmail) 3. Click "+ create a new map" 4. Add places. I recommend using layers ("add layer") and color-coding each layer (food, drinks, tourist attraction, etc.) 5. Sh...

[The Listserve] How I scarred my doll

Nick Kits

When I got it for my birthday I was told it was a doll for boys. For me it didn’t matter if dolls were for boys or girls. I just knew I liked mine. It was special to me. It had a small red nose, freckles, a soft cotton body and a plastic head with a bea...

[The Listserve] Harvest your rainwater! and let's talk art and cities!


Rainwater collection is an ancient practice, and still a good idea! Whether you live in a place that experiences frequent droughts or one that floods, it makes sense to conserve water that can be used for growing plants and other purposes later on. In s...

[The Listserve] You subscribed for one, you’re getting three and eventually ∞

Ioan Rosca Nastasescu

We’re three brothers, Stefan, Ioan and Daniel, creating HAI Robots - an internet platform of software that works as an extension to your mind, integrated in most of the things you interact with, like cell phones, computers, fridges, watches, clothing, b...

[The Listserve] My Great Aunt and Marlon Brando

Ben D.

When I was young, I would go to flea markets with my father. Cold mornings. Damp, slatted pine tables full of boxes of what my father called ‘smalls’. A few dollars in my pocket. Hot dogs for lunch. These were the Saturdays of my youth. Cherishing the i...

[The Listserve] Some truths about Iran


Hi all, as a native German being married to an Iranian wife (that only came to Europe in her late twenties) and having travelled to Iran, I can say that I have a quite different picture from the country than most people have when reading the media. ...

[The Listserve] Hands Pointed UP

Mary Ann Van Osdell

UP is a little two-letter word with so much meaning that it takes up a fourth of a page in the dictionary. My favorite words to use have become Hands Pointed UP, so I wrote a book about the subject of UP. Every time I hear or picture these words, I get...

[The Listserve] Relatively Few Things Considered

He's just some guy, you know?

I'm lucky, I guess? I tried to die when I was born, and then I tried again a few years later when I got an unusually nasty flu. A dozen years after that someone dropped a rock off a bridge, magically hitting me in the head as I was trying to cross t...

[The Listserve] Hello, 911, what is your emergency?


Las Vegas, the most famous city in the 47,877 square mile Mojave Desert, is 88 miles south west of Amargosa Valley, the city in which I work as an emergency dispatcher. Not much happens in "The Jewel of Nye County," but sometimes, between getting crank ...

[The Listserve] My painful Summer


Unfortunately, the most interesting thing that happened to me recently was painful. I love motorcycling. This year, I got a brand new awesome bike. I love the sense of freedom and the art of riding skillfully. Earlier this summer, in upstate New...