[The Listserve] Tenants and Landlords

Joanna Laine

On a late summer day in 2009, I reported for my first shift as a hotline counselor at a tenants' rights organization in Chicago. I had volunteered to answer calls from tenants who were uncertain about their rights, many of whom were on the brink of los...

[The Listserve] How to save a life today


My grandfather is a Holocaust survivor. When I was eighteen, he brought my family to Poland and walked us through his childhood history. In incredible detail, he narrated the scenes of his youth: the aroma of bagels wafting from the corner bakery; the w...

[The Listserve] On Miracles


I don't believe in God. When I honeymooned in Greece, one-week after my wedding, my wife and I were participating in one of those sunset cruise tours and were swimming off the coast of Santorini. Foolishly, I had my ill-fitting wedding band on - a ring,...

[The Listserve] Become an organ donor

KP Hart

Two months ago I lost a brother to heart problems. But he had had kidney problems before and thanks to a donor kidney he got to enjoy his last 15 years in good health. Please go to your country's organ donor registration place and tell them it is OK to ...

[The Listserve] 3 Things My Pet Goats Have Taught Me About Being Politically Active


1. Be persistent (even when confronted with the improbable) My goats spend a lot of time eating English Ivy. Just when the goats think they have vanquished the ivy, the resilient vines sprout new leaves, choking out the noble plants around them. My goa...

[The Listserve] First name? Human. Last Name? Being.

The Shame Dame

As I write this, it’s been five days since the unthinkable happened and America upended life as we know it, whether in the US, or elsewhere. I’m a bit of elsewhere in America, an immigrant woman from the Old World, and a sexual assault survivor who u...

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"Jez: Right, the thing is, Hans, as I’ve said before, I really just think we should serve at least one lager, and nuts. You know, people like lager and nuts. Super Hans: People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis. You can’t trust people, Jeremy. Jez...

[The Listserve] Hello, Friends :)


I have been a Listserve subscriber for quite a long time now, and had I had the opportunity to compose this email at another time, it may have been very different, but I think I was meant to win this opportunity at this moment of time for good reason. W...

[The Listserve] Guess what...


...it is going to end soon. Take a deep breath, and when it comes, exhale. That way you will show it you are not afraid. ... But you should be. Who The World 090922929dtsw@gmail.com

[The Listserve] Cheap, simple, delicious


I was going to try and write a heartfelt thought, but my mind is a mess and I cannot focus on anything long enough to make it sound acceptable or to take out the cliché in it. So I’ll keep it short and simple. I have a project I’m extremely excite...

[The Listserve] So little time


You'll be dead for a very long time. Take this brief opportunity to do something. “BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER.” Erik Massachusetts othererik+listserve@gmail.com

[The Listserve] Fire Tea

Simon Iacob

Dec 2011 I crossed by foot the Arava border from Israel into Jordan. The intended trip with friends to Petra for the day wasn't well planned, so I explored the beach town of Aqaba solo instead. I walked quite a bit, and when it came to cross back to Eil...

[The Listserve] So many things

Jen Bokoff

I value joy, justice, sincerity, and community. I think values are a fantastic way to connect with and learn about other people. I work for a nonprofit that consumes a lot of my energy, but which I believe in to my core. Foundation Center's mission i...

[The Listserve] Good Fortune, Hard Work

Shane Fera

This is a treat. My invitation to write for the Listserve comes at a time in my life I have much to talk about. 2016. This is really a sharing of joy. 2016 has been a year focused on family building and foundation building. For the past 3 years...

[The Listserve] The Power of Movement


I began running many years ago as an attempt to lose weight. It worked, but it also opened up a new world for me into the power of movement. My love for running has grown over the years, so much so that it has become a focus of reading and research in...

[The Listserve] A Canon of Cannons


"The Anecdote: It is a perverse moment during international conflicts when domestic structures are disassembled for a state’s own munitions. The year 1789 witnessed the melting of the bells of Notre Dame to make cannon. After the 1939 World’s Fair in...

[The Listserve] Last Time I Was In Napa


Skipping the Napa story: onto diving. I highly suggest everyone give diving a shot, at least once. I'm glad I did. I've never been a water person. When I was younger, my older sister was an avid swimmer. She was good at it. As all younger si...

[The Listserve] Musings of a (awakened) doctor


"At the completion of my medical training, I opted for a hiatus - to pursue personal goals, psychologically re-group and re-discover purpose. I was no longer facing the busyness of clinic, the exhaustion of long surgeries, nor the hoops through which...

[The Listserve] Challenge of the Day


Hello Listserve World! My challenge for you today: Think of someone, or a group of people, who you disagree with, or get really frustrated by. Got it? Now take a moment to think about how they got to where they are. Why might they believe th...

[The Listserve] Albuquerque. See, I can do it too. Snorkel!

Michael Someck

When I was 12, I was accused of cheating on a science test. I vehemently denied the accusation, but, truth is, I was looking at the paper next to me. I had never cheated before that, nor did I ever cheat after that. I don’t know why, but I figured telli...

[The Listserve] Follow your passions


Hi, everyone. I’m Sam. I could go with the cliche of, “I can’t believe I won!”, but statistically speaking, it was bound to happen at one point or another. However, it seems like the Listserve knows exactly when to drop that email in your lap: when a mu...

[The Listserve] loopdeloops that twice twice

Steve Geluso

Shout out to my fellow fleshy Listserve readers Joel, Elizabeth and Gattuso! If it's true that there's currently 22,082 subscribers on this thing then there's got to be people I know reading this that I don't know are reading this. There's also got t...

[The Listserve] What would you do?


I lost my job this week. At first I was sad and angry, but now I've decided to see it as a rare opportunity. I've saved up enough not to work for 3-4 months, but I need your help with the next part: If you could pause your life right now and take 4 mont...

[The Listserve] Living in 100 Sq. Ft.

Living in 100 Sq. Ft.

"It is our 1 year anniversary of living in a van. And our 4 year anniversary of dating. I, a daughter of traditional ""get married first"" parents and my boyfriend decided to live in a van before continuing our studies. Our reasoning meshed well, I coul...

[The Listserve] Vote, Bike, Write

Ben Trevino

Like everyone else on the listserve, I've wondered since joining what I would write about if I was ever selected. A big part of me hoped that I would never have to figure that out. But now it seems like it's time to rise to the occasion. A brief...

[The Listserve] Poetry is Not for Wimps

Chad Parenteau

That's a saying I used for years. I say it far less nowadays. I am the host of a weekly poetry series; I'm having a good time hosting it again, after years of wondering what exactly I was doing with it. The founder of the 45 year venue died over five ye...

[The Listserve] The Power of the Mind

Maureen O'Hanlon

My story has to do with the power of the mind. A while back I was invited to my 10- year high school reunion but couldn’t go. They did, however give everyone the opportunity to send in a bio and updated information they then put together in a booklet....

[The Listserve] Memetic prevalence debates


Once upon a time there was a Sparrow who lived with her fellow sapient animals in the woods outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. One day in October, it started to get very cold, and Sparrow's friend Salamander died of hypothermia. Sparrow was very sad about th...

[The Listserve] What are Tomorrow's Cities Like?

Raynell C

In the decades following World War II, America was very, very bad at planning cities. There were some visionary ideas and grand designs, but from the epidemic of urban freeways that cut scars across downtowns to the often-poorly executed massive ""urban...

[The Listserve] Melon and the multiverse

Dan Brown

Hi Listserve, I’m writing to you in the early morning. My 2 year old son has spent the last hour rolling around on my head calling for melon until I finally relented and stumbled to the kitchen to fix him a bowl. The sky is lightening and the early m...