[The Listserve] War and corruption


Hello. I am a national of the Sudan. Let me tell you, the state of my country saddens everyone that knows of its history. We were a British colony, and when they left, we had the longest rail network in Africa. Sudan Airways was founded in 1946, one ...

[The Listserve] Don’t Fear It, Just Ride It


I thought the chances of my being selected were so slim that I’d never have to consider what I’d write for this. And now that I’ve been selected, I thought about letting it go and pretending I didn’t win. But I got chosen, and I don’t think that’s just ...

[The Listserve] Engineers dilemma

Matt Garrison

I joined the listserve in April, 2014 and this is my first time being selected. As for details, i'm almost 32 and am an Electrical Engineer, married, 3 wonderful children. I'm at a weird place in life at the moment. When I was young I set goals that ...

[The Listserve] I'll be fast.


Hello Listservers, My name is Francesco and I'm from a little italian island named Ischia. I have read a lot of massages from you, and they are all beatuful. I heard about beautiful stories and beautiful people. I don't want to give you some tips about...

[The Listserve] Barcelona


I live in Barcelona. Ask me anything: sophiainbcn@gmail.com And if you ever visit, get in touch. I'd love to meet you! Sophia Barcelona sophiainbcn@gmail.com

[The Listserve] Swimming in The Milky Way

Nina Mutik

Five years ago I fell in love with a mountain and a lake. When I was a child the patch of forest between the suburban apartment buildings was full of wonders. Small gnomes lived under the big mossy boulder, the rusted knife we found under the roots o...

[The Listserve] Not So Terrible Twos

Kathy K. Lui

Not So Terrible Twos: Part I I had been on the Listserve for two years the first time I won the opportunity to share my thoughts with the twenty-two thousand of you. That was two years ago. In that email, I asked Listservers to pass on opportuni...

[The Listserve] Gravy: Afterlife Social Media

Gravy Corporation

Gravy is an afterlife social media platform that allows you to continue to connect after you cross to the other side. By installing Gravy’s proprietary deep learning algorithms in all your current social media accounts, our app aggregates the entirety ...

[The Listserve] Thanks You's

Alice Osborne

Hi you, I'm Alice, it is a honour to meet you, and be this side of things. I am a designer and I design activity product for people living with dementia. I care a lot about ageing, dementia, care homes and end of life. If that's of interest to you, a...

[The Listserve] I Hate Fish (except tuna in a can)


The absolute best feeling on earth is peeing in the ocean. If anyone here has not tried it, you are missing out. Taryn LA ICUPintheSea@gmail.com

[The Listserve] Cesium Futures

Geoffrey Brown

Hello sir and/or ma'am, Two words for you: CESIUM FUTURES Now you may be wondering what exactly this cesium thing is and why to buy futures. If you look at the periodic table, it's on the lower left side, sorta. How can this guy give us back ou...

[The Listserve] Tiny seashells and gnarly spiders


Hey world, I recently traveled to Israel, from California. At the Sea of Galilee, I got to stroll on the beach where the risen Jesus appeared to some of his disciples while they were fishing. Simon Peter jumped from his boat to swim to Jesus, robe...

[The Listserve] Public Safety Announcement

Department of the Interior

It has come to the department’s attention that rates of rock ownership have skyrocketed in the last few years. In fact, contrary to popular belief, federal law does not permit the sale of rocks as pets. If you pick up one from an enterprising but sketch...

[The Listserve] My heart overflows with gratitude.


Here’s what I know. I couldn’t be here without that undying love of my wife, my high school lover and the mother of my children… sometimes you just have to tell the ones that you love how you feel because some people prefer clarity over ambiguity. Th...

[The Listserve] After 7 years


Well, I can honestly say I didn't expect to win the listserv. I joined this wonderful group in 2011. I was a senior in high school, had just started dating a wonderful guy, and was nervously looking ahead to the fall when I would be 8 hours away. 7 ...

[The Listserve] A stupid idea for you could be a smart idea for the world.

Henry H

Hello my Listserve friends. I will try to articulate some honest thoughts for you. Sorry if they are disjointed. Maybe there’s really no such thing as smart and stupid people. If smart people can’t think the way stupid people think as well as the way...

[The Listserve] secret map


In a secret life I write short stories. Here's an excerpt of one I like. I'd love to hear how reading this went for you! The excerpt: Eika slept with a sturdy snore that cranked snot in and out of her nostrils. She slept sprawled in the dark-oran...

[The Listserve] This is exciting!


I joined Listserve just over a year ago, after being introduced to it by my friend Krista (shout out if you are reading this!). Ever since I joined, I have periodically pondered what I’d say to over 20,000 people. It’s pretty heavy to think about how ...

[The Listserve] On Sh!tholes

Randy M.

As you may have heard, the President of the United States recently used some unkind and vulgar language to describe a vast array of majority non-white countries in the developing world, referring to them as "shithole countries". As an American citizen m...

[The Listserve] If nothing changes


Let’s get the obligatory “Wow, I won! What do I say?” out of the way. This is such an interesting platform to have. Faced with a (mildly interested) audience, what do I say? What do I tell you that you don’t already know? I don’t feel compelled to give...

[The Listserve] Save the parks through Art


What's up Listserve Community, My name is Alex and I am en event producer and an artist tour manager based out of San Francisco. I am currently working on a side project to preserve the National Parks that I'd like to shine some light on. The Art ...

[The Listserve] “... the world is slowly coming to an end and those things don’t come here anymore.”


“Those things” are that which leaves us breathless, renders us speechless, and reclaims the sands of time until we feel as if we’re seeing the world anew. They can be mundane and they can be extraordinary. They are the bedrock for our imagination, form...

[The Listserve] Liebe


"The most beautiful thing on earth is to love and be loved." So simple, so true. Just don't be afraid to love. There is nothing to lose but the precious chance to be loved. Maybe we only have this one life. So open your heart, be honest and run th...

[The Listserve] It's like winning the lottery


I honestly never thought I would get picked, so I've never thought about what I would say if that happened. A lot of the people who get chosen are very compelling writers. Some people even mess with the formatting to better fit the storytelling. It beco...

[The Listserve] Chosen


Several years ago, I was given a huge life lesson. My whole life seemed to set me up for it. I was able to look into my past and use skills, knowledge, words of wisdom I had picked up. I had wonderful mentors throughout. And I mentored a few along t...

[The Listserve] A few things


A Joke What’s the difference between a snow man and a snow woman? Snowballs. About Me I found the Listserve completely by accident. I was Googling for the exact definition of the word "listserve" so I could use it in an email, and I found the web...

[The Listserve] Am I the only one?


Am I the only one who… - lives in a mayor capital city, pays a shitload of rent and complains that her house is actually too big? - doesn’t dare to watch 16+ movies? (I’m 29.) - really wants to have those African hips to dance a better Azonto (check ...

[The Listserve] There is no god.


There is no god. God is an idea, created by humans to explain and comfort. Early humans couldn’t comprehend the idea of lightning, so they envisioned a powerful bearded guy up in the sky angrily tossing down lightning bolts. They didn’t understand what...

[The Listserve] The consequences of our actions

Zoë Mens

I’m Zoë, I’m a medical student in the Netherlands and within one year I can call myself a doctor. I had the chance to do three months of my internships in Tanzania, which has changed my view on medicine. I’m not going to talk about the suffering, the...

[The Listserve] What inspires you?


Listserve emails are usually too long. This one isn’t! What inspires you to push yourself? Ask yourself once a week and write it down. Don’t forget it. I’ve done this for 3 years and every year keeps getting better. Please tell me your answers on Twi...