[The Listserve] happy & light

erin sobright

in 2015 my 3 year old marriage ended like a tea candle that snuffs itself. it’s amicable and for the first time in 31 years, i’m living alone. as an independent woman, coming home to an empty apartment and a lazy cat who adores me sounded like a dream c...

[The Listserve] From marching band to mental health


After 4-years on The Listserve, eagerly waiting to speak with THOUSANDS of readers... I find myself handed this Golden Ticket at a time when I truly wish to simply fade into the anonymous masses. So, what to write? How about some honesty... someth...

[The Listserve] A delivery misadventure


Last year, while living on the other side of the country, I because very hooked on entering sweepstakes. To my surprise, I came home from work to find a UPS notification on my front door: I actually won a giveaway! My mystery prize required a live signa...

[The Listserve] School Design Matters

Raechel F

I help design schools for a living and love exploring how the built environment can have a positive impact on teaching and learning. As I'm sure you all know, we can do a lot better in public education today but updating the physical space is just on...

[The Listserve] I quit my job and I’m moving to Australia!

Lori S

I’d previously jotted some notes about what I would write to the listserve—issues I care about, questions I have for the world. But today, I received the proverbial email while driving with my family three hours (thank you, small-town MO) to the St. Lou...

[The Listserve] Mr. Tomato and Nugget the Chicken


Food is a right, not a privilege. But some do have privileges that allow them to exercise that right more freely than others. I have been extremely privileged in that regard throughout my life. I grew up on a farm, where we always had our own garden ...

[The Listserve] Let's Get Messy

Rachel Cohen

Growing up, I was rewarded for being tidy, for putting my toys and books in the right place and picking my clothes up off the floor. Messy was not a positive word in our family’s vocabulary. I grew up thinking if I loved my friends like family they woul...

[The Listserve] Working at BuzzFeed, getting half a boob job, and what grief does to you

Julia Reinstein

Hi! I’m Julia. I’ve been on the Listserve for almost four years now, so it’s about damn time I won the thing. A little about me: I’m 23. I live in NYC. I’m a reporter at BuzzFeed, and I mostly cover human interest news. I love dogs (obsessively), kni...

[The Listserve] The Untold Story of Indians in America

Nikhil Kumar

As a first-generation Indian American, I grew up with stories of my parents immigrating to America in the 1970s with little to their name but a good work ethic and some education. Their story became one of quiet determination to build a solid foundation...

[The Listserve]

Shannon Leonard

Hello, there is one small thing that I'd like you to do, Write and send an original poem, preferably impromptu, Even if you've never written a poem before, Please give it a try, (or I guess you could ignore) But I'd rather read your poem aloud in a ...

[The Listserve] Change Ringing

Randy Zack

Well, what do you know? I've won the Listserve. Having been a subscriber since May, 2012, and assuming about 23000 members, I calculate that I had about a 6.5% chance of winning after that amount of time. So I count myself lucky! I consider myself a ...

[The Listserve] “Your Kid Has Cancer.”

Chris Cummings

Those are four words you never expect to hear. My 13 year old daughter had been having some knee pain but we thought it was growing pains. Then it didn’t go away. The doctor wanted an X-Ray. Something looked “off”. Let’s get an MRI. Something is d...

[The Listserve] On Immortality

Tom Pandolfo

Death is bad. Really, really bad. It's pretty much the worst thing that can happen to a person. If you've ever had someone close to you die, you know this. I was raised in a Catholic family. While not the most pious bunch, I can safely say that most ...

[The Listserve] I'll let Clarice Lispector do the talking


At that moment I was truly inside my inner self and there was silence. Only I realized that my silence was part of the silence of the countryside. And I did not feel abandoned. The horse, from which I'd fallen, was waiting for me beside the river. I rem...

[The Listserve] Embalmarama


I work in a funeral home, and I have some stories to share with you. Once: At a graveside service, a dove was released as a symbol of a free soul at peace. As the priest invited everyone to watch the bird circle in the sky, a hawk suddenly...

[The Listserve] The Sun Doesn't Seem Too Big

Amani Garvin

Suddenly, the sun doesn't seem that big anymore. The moon has just become some off center rock formation. Even Sgr A*, at the center of our galaxy, is young in an ever expanding infinity. Lost in an understanding of math. An understanding that ...

[The Listserve] Let Positivity Prevail: Perspectives from Newark


It’s Saturday, June 18 and I’m at the Robert Treat hotel in downtown Newark. The conference room is jam packed and there’s a buzz throughout the place. I take my seat along the side and wait for the ceremony to start. In the middle of the room sit 134 e...

[The Listserve] Life will show you

Jeramie Heflin

In English, the saying goes, “time will tell.” In Russian, the saying goes, “жизнь покажет” or “life will show you.” I have this phrase tattooed on my ribs as a daily reminder of the people, places and things life has shown me, many of which I never exp...

[The Listserve] I invite you to...Use the following words in a sentence! Trust Flexibility Truth Adventure Patience

tessa jade richardson williams

I mostly have questions I am in a seemingly unending process of forming statements that will most likely morph and change… For now, nothing is certain. Is anything a coincidence? A serendipitous surprise this is ~ to be chosen to present a stateme...

[The Listserve] If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research

Jérémy Freixas

Hello there, I have never been good making long introductions so I will be straight to the point. I am a PhD Student working on metal-air batteries: they store energy thanks to oxygen. Amazing no? But it’s what I want to tell you today. For two...

[The Listserve] Mostly, you're lucky.

CC Chupacabra

They say Sagittarius is a lucky sign. I just won the Listserve lottery... for the second time. What are the chances? Before I continue, I'd like to make everyone here loses The Game, because that's what I did the last time I won The Listserve and I sti...

[The Listserve] Pokémon Go (But let's dig deeper, shall we?)

Joel Pachefsky

Who is playing Pokémon Go?! If you are, congratulations! Like me, you are a part of a revolution -- a revolution that has been consuming millennials for the past week or so. It's burgeoning and staggering. But like every "viral" trend, either it will...

[The Listserve] "Five Essential Lists of Five"

Christopher Higgs

Hey Everybody! I’m a thirty-eight year old, straight, white, middle class, able-bodied, male, reader, writer, dad, husband, son, brother, professor, lover of all things experimental and avant-garde, lover of donuts and ice cream, lover of tacos, with...

[The Listserve] A Living, Breathing, Talking Space

Karen Lee

My Favorite Classroom Every day at noon the dining hall comes alive. People bring color to the room, and a symphony of banging pots, crunching apples, hushed conversations and heated discussions gives the space a voice. As I walk towards the sou...

[The Listserve] I don't eat meat, but I don't like vegetables.

Malachi Brown

When people ask me what I eat, I usually either say, "Not much." or I name my four food groups: Grain, Fruit, Dairy, and Chocolate. When I was 7 years old, my mother took me to a mall near Tampa, FL just before Christmas. I got her to buy a little c...

[The Listserve] Who are we changing the world for?

Megan Dougherty

I’ve been working in the online entrepreneurship industry for a little over 6 years now – it’s where I thrive, and where I can bring a lot of value. And even though this is my industry – even though I am a participant, and I love the tools and stra...

[The Listserve] This world is over

Mark Long

This world is over. Global capitalism has failed in its promise of limitless prosperity. Industry has succeeded only in destroying the climate which keeps us alive. Nation states are collapsing into faux-democratic spectacles and open authoritaria...

[The Listserve] This list is the list of the things I like


One of the pleasures of getting to know a group of your friends well is becoming familiar with the things that they like (and what they don't like). My friends and I often joke that "you can't fault a man for knowing what he likes," somewhat ironically ...

[The Listserve] The Luckiest Man With Cancer


29 with Leukemia, I never saw that one coming. Sometimes life kicks you in the dick like that. I'm a "survivor" now but I still think about it (death) a lot. Perhaps that will change as I get older. Perhaps not. I've spent this past year hurting;...

[The Listserve] 600 word salad/some thoughts


Here are some things: 1. Some people in poverty can pull themselves up, some people need our help. Help, be kind. Particularly to children. 2. I think that the minds at the Lifelong kindergarten group at MIT are going to change the world. I'm t...