[The Listserve] She was a Vixen when she went to school

Emily Calle

On March 3, 2015, within the space of a single hour, I was gut-punched by loss, twice. We had taken our dog, whom we'd had for over 14 years, to be put down. He was a wedding gift from my husband to me. He was our ""baby"" before we had babies, and w...

[The Listserve] I'm talking to YOU.. yess, you!

Pia D

My name is Pia Davis, & I want you to know I exist. I’m 27 years old, & in this moment in time I am I’m sitting in my apartment in West LA, gazing out the window, wondering what all of you are doing right now, & where in the world you might be. It’s...

[The Listserve] Growing Pains & Lemonade


Wise philosophers of the past and present, from Elbert Green Howard to Beyonce have taught us that when life gives us lemons, you should make lemonade. I'm currently trying to make lemonade and I'm failing spectacularly! I recently moved to Botswana fro...

[The Listserve] Micro Adventures for the Curious Introvert


The bus - nearly any city bus - has seen more than your 84-year-old grandmother that used to dance alongside Chita Rivera. Most of us city-dwellers ride solo, but the curious introvert never feels alone. You distract yourself from the fact that you’re h...

[The Listserve] I kill people for money...

James Moran

...Okay, not real people - I'm a writer-director for film and TV. So I've killed a LOT of people on screen. There's more to the job than that, but if anyone is going to complain about something you've made, it's usually a death scene, either for the gor...

[The Listserve] Sugar, Asbestos, Lead, Tobacco, Fossil Fuels and Plastics

Brett Aho

A lot of you probably saw recent news stories outlining how the sugar industry manipulated science in order to shift the blame to fat for causing the collective deterioration of America’s cardiovascular health. This is not as new or shocking as you migh...

[The Listserve] Micro Adventures for the Curious Introvert

Becca S

The bus - nearly any city bus - has seen more than your 84-year-old grandmother that used to dance alongside Chita Rivera. Most of us city-dwellers ride solo, but the curious introvert never feels alone. You distract yourself from the fact that you’re h...

[The Listserve] I Guess You Can Say I’m A Hackathon Enthusiast

Pedro Queiros

I don’t know how many hackathons I’ve participated in. But I know how many I’ve won. Four — in a row. After I won the first one, I don’t know, I must have awakened some kind of code, because I haven’t lost one since. Maybe it’s because I’m competitive. ...

[The Listserve] So much of what you are is where you’ve been


"I have been to wonderful places and around great people. Thank you all for being around. Really excited about the time to come. Hello world, Everyone has a to-do list. Few just keep it restricted to self, others write it down somewhere so that ...

[The Listserve] 6 days ago, I had never heard of The Listserve.

Paul Tanenholz

However, 5 days ago, my brother sent me an email telling me that had “won” The Listserve recently. He sent me a copy of the message that was distributed to all 20K+ of you. I thought that the concept was cool (and I thought his entry was very funny) s...

[The Listserve] I'm losing something I love, and that's okay.

Adam Hageman

"Every Wednesday, I drive a hundred miles so that I can surround myself with the people I love. We're welcomed at a nondescript door with a crisp high-five, then we pack ourselves through to the back room of a comic book store. Sitting shoulder-to-shoul...

[The Listserve] 7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life


"Hi from France all ! When I read this article two years ago, I thought ""If I win this listserve thing I just subscribed to, I need to share this"". Why ? Because I love all the urban legends or stories behind Bill Murray, how he crashed in parties ...

[The Listserve] Old Age: How I feel being so old…

Brad Batt

"I can’t believe I won The Listserve! I hope each of you enjoy what I’m sharing below as much as I enjoy reading what the rest of you share each day. Feel free to connect online…I love meeting interesting and cool people…I’m @bradbatt almost everywhere....

[The Listserve] happy recommendations


"Hi all, I couldn’t have been selected to win the listserve at a less opportune moment. Three months ago, a year ago, or even a year from now I think I would have had many charming, insightful things to send to the many of you who enjoy reading these...

[The Listserve] Wasted Time

Brady Rainey

"I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life so I really wasted a few years after high school working a factory job and playing World of Warcraft. I eventually found programming and now I'm graduating this December with my Bachelor's. Now that I'...

[The Listserve] Death, Dying, and Other Cheery Topics


My grandfather died this summer. When I saw the body, I immediately thought "that's not him". The makeup was the wrong color. It didn't look like him. His hand felt plasticky. Something was missing. Where was the twinkle in his eye as made sarcastic jok...

[The Listserve] Immigrant stories


01. A made up language When I was about 3, I started learning to read and asked my older brother to help out. We loved to hang out together, the dynamic being him trolling me at every step and me getting frustrated while trying to get my revenge. Dur...

[The Listserve] in the belly of the beast-Washington DC

Frances's grandson

Politics in the USA is a circus in a cesspool. The circus is the clowns you get as candidates for public office-the cesspool is the money that sloshes around and floats the whole system. The Koch brothers and other assorted 1% worthies intend to use ...

[The Listserve] Food Recommendation


If you're ever in New York City, check out Lucha Lucha in Bed Stuy. Turtle USA

[The Listserve] Shetland Ponies and Shetland People

John Coutts

You may have heard of Shetland Ponies, Shetland Sheepdogs, and perhaps Shetland Fair Isle knitting. They all originate in Shetland, a group of 100 small islands, 16 of which are inhabited, in the far north of Scotland where I was born, and where I've li...

[The Listserve] Vet Med and a Broken Head

Lydia B.

It's kind of crazy that I win the listserve just a few days before my 18th birthday. I'm on the cusp of adulthood and definitely feeling some paranoia and anxiousness. My life is currently consumed by school, swimming, and stressing about college. I...

[The Listserve] Chicken Soup for the Body

Kelsey Yonce

Fall is finally upon us, so I thought you all might enjoy a cozy crock-pot recipe. It's healthy, delicious, and ridiculously easy: Chicken Tortilla Soup Ingredients: Three to four chicken breasts, frozen (chicken will overcook if it's not frozen ...

[The Listserve] Habitual Humility, Honesty and Happiness

Prasanna Vighne

Wow! I did not expect to win this lottery so soon - I joined Listserve only about 6 months ago! Writing something meaningful that resonates with thousands is a bit daunting, but equally exciting. So here we go. A little bit about me: I am in a happy ...

[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...