[The Listserve] Something to reflect on.

Neal Meldrum

My mother is from an island called Brac in Croatia. It is truly a remarkably beautiful place. She didn't own a pair of shoes until she was maybe 8 years old. She told me that for Christmas they may, if they were good, get an apple or a fig as a prese...

[The Listserve] Random thoughts


Hello world:) I don't have some special story for you so I just share you some thoughts, which help me to live and understand this crazy planet. 1. Boys! Don't be afraid to do something crazy for your girls. If you do something for woman, you ...

[The Listserve] Be honest with yourself

Julian A Waters

2012 was a rough year for me - losing my house, car, credit rating, shifting around friends' places and wasting a bunch of time recovering from technical issues. It was the culmination of years of almost-sensible decisions. I offer one suggestion to ...

[The Listserve] Tell me about your favourite book

David Triendl

My New Year's resolution for 2013 is to read 52 books in 2013 - one book every week. I have only picked the first book so far: "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin. It is my favourite book, but I have only read it in German. Now I want to read it in Eng...

[The Listserve] It's the little things


When I first received the email saying I won the Listserve lottery, I honestly had no idea what to do. I’ll admit I initially joined the Listserve quite selfishly because I just wanted to read the stories of others. Having read every email that came in,...

[The Listserve] What you won't get... and what you will

Dawn Williamson

Hi there to everyone on the listserve! A little bit about me – I live in New York City, work for an internet startup (Hi, Chartbeat!), and have a Great Dane named Lucy (Lucyfur when she’s bad). What you won’t get in this email: 1) Wide ranging lif...

[The Listserve] Who Are You?

John Yu

My name is John. I am a computer programmer living in NYC working with close friends at a startup fashion company called StyleSays.com. Looking back, my life has constantly evolved and changed; I was born in South Korea and I've lived everywhere from No...

[The Listserve] Bounce

Scott Lederer

This is a story of the Kobayashi Maru I pulled in 9th grade Earth Science class, circa 1988. It is among my finest accomplishments. There we sat. Jean jackets and mullets. Acne and ennui. Begrudgingly studying the many spheres: biosphere, atmosphere,...

[The Listserve] Stop The Return Of Bullfighting to TV

Lily Limmer

I'm going to get straight to the point. I'm 13 and I've created a petition; it's an issue I feel strongly about and my target is to reach 100 signatures. So far I have ninety nine... if I could get 1 person out of 20,000 of you to sign then it would be ...

[The Listserve] The Joys of Blasphemy

Tariq Desai

"DISOBEY, v.t. To celebrate with an appropriate ceremony the maturity of a command." ~ Ambrose Bierce Today, be a blasphemer. Hug a heretic. After you read this, go slay some sacred cows. But, get this right, you're not to pick the easy ones - not t...

[The Listserve] Extraordinary forces

René Dijk

I want to share a short story with all of you. A short fantasy story with a true heart and message, written by myself many a year ago, when my life was much more complicated, restless and chaotic. I wrote this one for a close friend who needed a positiv...

[The Listserve] A Chase.

Matt Konrad

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you each a very happy New Year; may it present you with all of the joy, love and opportunities you hope for. On with the show. This is a portion of a fiction work in (very, very early) progress, and I hope...

[The Listserve] If you ever get bored, just open your eyes


I have two young sons, aged 2 and 4 and before they were born I started to make a list of things they might find useful as they grew up. I keep adding to it, but thought I'd share a few to my fellow listservers. You won't find any 'live as if every day ...

[The Listserve] Absinthe and OJ


If you ask anyone from any period in my life, they’d probably tell you I was always saying how I was going to start playing open mics. Next week, next month, someday I was going to start doing it. And even though the vast majority of my free time goes i...

[The Listserve] The fear of "No"


I'm a photojournalist, which means that I get to meet and talk to a lot of people that I normally wouldn't. I love it. But as an introvert it can sometimes be difficult for me to ask people for permission to let me into their lives. Some times I'm a...

[The Listserve] Memories of light


+ Ash-dark flakes of snow falling against a neon-white sky. + The sting of mountain sunlight, while playing checkers outside the Café Girasoles. On the back of the neck, you could feel the burn beginning, a red stripe beneath the pink stripe of the i...

[The Listserve] " Hey everybody! "


I have to be honest. I think this is a great concept and I'm glad that it got such a great reception. I am really happy to have been chosen but to be honest I'm not particularly well spoken. I'm an artist and just started a job in June making a video ga...

[The Listserve] A personal allegory

Virginia Kidwell

I wrote this years ago, on my way to boot camp. If you enjoy, feel free to respond. 600 words is hard. I look behind me and there is light. It shines with a great brightness. I look ahead of me and see: Nothing. I see darkness and despair, the un...

[The Listserve] Teach Only Love

Kolleen Shallcross

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[The Listserve] About design and education

Ayelet Lazarovitch

After graduating design studies in Milan, I decided to move to the most beautiful place on earth - Dunedin, New Zealand. This quest to find beauty and peace, led me to an intriguing and unexpected job: a designer in the university’s center for teachi...

[The Listserve] Some People Walk Calmly Through Life; I Run Through It

Angel K.

Each runner has their own reason for completing a marathon. Perhaps to cross something off the "bucket list," to prove to others/self, to maintain a healthy lifestyle, to have fun, the possibilities are endless. My quest to 26.2 miles began three years ...

[The Listserve] Get your geek on


Hellooooooooooooooooooooooo! (I'm imagining that as an echo but it's probably more digital) I have 2 things to share with you that are important to me, and that I hope some of you will join in with. Read And Find Out (.com) I've been part of an on...

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Craig Burgess

This year I had the privilege of volunteering at the London Olympics. I took 2 weeks holiday from my regular job in order to help at Wembley Stadium, where 9 matches of the men's and women's football tournament were played. I loved meeting spectators an...

[The Listserve] (In)opportune


A long time ago, I was hit with a sudden fever on my way home. As I came out of the subway, I felt so sick I could barely keep my eyes open, and the ten minute walk to my door (in the rain) seemed unfathomable. As I dragged myself down the street, I was...

[The Listserve] Three disparate things


First, I wanted to share a quote from a better wordsmith than I: “Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.” - Carl Sagan The bra...

[The Listserve] Learn

Lila Rimalovski

“It’s not that I know a lot more than everybody else; it’s that I want to know more.” A very wise woman said these words to me, and I have breathed them in ever since. If you have that desire—that spark—to dedicate a minute, an hour, a day, or you...

[The Listserve] I’m the same as a 5 year old me


I hate small talk. It drives me nuts. I’ll admit it, I’m basically anti-social. I’ve struggled with it my whole life. I am 27 now, and I feel that I should be less pessimistic, but I’m not. I have a support system of family and a fiancé who “get” m...

[The Listserve] Strange and true things

Chris Beaumont

Here are some weird, true things I've learned about the world: 1) Each breath you take shares about 5 air molecules with Hitler's last breath. The equation to verify that yourself (assuming Hitler's last breath has evenly mixed with the rest of the a...

[The Listserve] My Ride or Die


My mother always wanted me to write about her for those radio show contests. She stopped asking but I never did it. I felt the public recognition wasn’t necessary. She’s my best friend, the one who keeps me going when I can’t motivate myself. I love her...

[The Listserve] I Am, Then


Where are you right now? On your couch at home? At your desk at work? Standing in line at a coffee shop? Wherever you are, you will always be there. Wherever you were an hour ago, that "you" will always be there. Every moment exists in time. Think about...