[The Listserve] Sometimes you can, but sometimes you can't


A lot of the messages coming through Listserve are about seizing the day. Carpe diem; strive for the impossible; yes, you can; just do it! These are noble suggestions and aspirations and true in the sense that yes, the world is your oyster, and you can ...

[The Listserve] Gourmet Microwave Cooking

Daniel Hamilton

Here are some simple recipes to get you started with microwave cooking! Pasta: 1) Find a microwavable bowl. 2) Fill with pasta and water 3) Microwave for 10 minutes 4) Burn yourself on the bowl as you remove it from the microwave G...

[The Listserve] Words


I received the Listserve selection email the day I passed my test to become citizen of the U.S. I thought that’d give me something to write about, but then I found myself sitting in front of a blank word document. Nothing. Which isn’t to say I have noth...

[The Listserve] find what you love


Hello from Queensland, Australia! Right now it is a horrible 35 degrees (95 Fahrenheit) and I’m very jealous of all those in the Northern Hemisphere celebrating the beginning of winter. It was about a year ago now since I joined The Listserve and I h...

[The Listserve] Vatican run, Harrowing Hanoi and Farting Hippo

Jordan Newman

It’s said that 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every single minute. Despite the site’s massive size, I find that my relationship to YouTube is incredibly personal. Looking back at videos I have “favorited” or clips I have filmed from low resol...

[The Listserve] From your friendly med school nerd


Hey all, I am in the middle of my second year of medical school, and these are some things that I believe in enough to share them with you: 1. Eat less, move more. People don't realize how detrimental being overweight is on every level—you’ll not ...

[The Listserve] Jobs, not jails

Sarah Muenzinger

I was unemployed for a while and it sucked. While that was happening I wrote a little thing about my experiences and it was really fun. To read it, google "The Economy is a Piece of Shit," I'm the first hit. In general when shit sucks, just write about ...

[The Listserve] Gift Giving

Yoga Junkeez

Why did I cling to him? New neighborhood, new school, new hormones, summer before freshman year in high school, like a (not so innocent) moth to a (bonfire) flame. From the age of 13 to 22, I took him in like poison, drop by drop. I still occasionall...

[The Listserve] Selfish Selflessness

Dat Nguyen

What if I told you that there's something called "selfless selfishness"? (Try saying that three times really fast!) Throughout my college career, I always looked out for the best in others. I helped wherever I could, whether it was buying them lunch or ...

[The Listserve] Hell Yeah!

Luisa Bernardes

I've been through a key moment of my life since April this year. I had a strong spiritual experience that made me realize life as this huge adventure that you dont have any excuses besides enjoy it! I asked for an open heart and I received it, and now ...

[The Listserve] For the introverts and everyday man

Katie Lee

I was told a while ago that I should write a book about networking…it was a joke. However, if you’d like some random social advice from a UNC-Chapel Hill senior, here ya go: 1) Never be shy introducing yourself. Anytime you approach someone, whethe...

[The Listserve] the memory that knows where you live

Olga Nunes

1. He is everywhere. Lurking in the woodsmoke that fills the house in winter, there's a memory of the first time we built a fire together. Cleverly tucked into the taste of cinnamon and cider, there's a memory of us walking underneath the chang...

[The Listserve] a day in the life of a (P)WM


I walk down the street. The sun has stopped smiling long ago. A car whizzes by. I pass it without a second look. It passes me without a look at all. Stomach grumbling, I duck into a convenience store. I linger in the store, eyes closed shut from the ...

[The Listserve] Fortune and Thanks

Andrew Tate

I was selected for this on American Thanksgiving. Therefore it seems only right to use it to give thanks. I am thankful for my family and friends foremost. Thankful for their love, warmth and patience. Thankful for all the people who work to make my lif...

[The Listserve] If

Ming Min Hui

I used to read a lot of poetry and want to get back into the habit of it. Below is a poem by Rudyard Kipling that I'd like to share with all of you, and I'd like to ask you to email me a poem or two back in response. I look forward to reading them. I...

[The Listserve] The growth of knowledge

Lawrence Kesteloot

Today we live like kings compared to our ancestors because they learned to control fire, to construct houses, to build air conditioners, and to administer penicillin. These are all solutions to problems that once existed. All problems have solutions, an...

[The Listserve] 21,612 is a lot


Hi, everyone. I'm a teenaged girl. I'm not arrogant enough to think that I know much about the world. I'm 18, a freshman in college, and I struggle every day trying to see into the future: into what might be, where I might go. Recently I've decid...

[The Listserve] Time: a fast and furious beast

Vitor Carlos

Ouch, I just skipped a heartbeat when I saw the "You've been selected" mail. I don't know what to write. Well, anyway, here it goes! Hi, I'm Vitor, I'm a 31yo Brazilian, and I just got through a quarter life crisis. We're told to exaustion th...

[The Listserve] I continue.

Friederike Jahn

Hello everyone! I am Rike and I am a medical student in my fifth year. My parents have always been involved in several fields, they are active in the green party, town parliament, youth organizations and within something like the red cross. This s...

[The Listserve] This Body Pulls Back


This body of mine pulls back, the body that towers six feet, sees from a higher vantage point, with enormous arms to reach that which others cannot, arms to connect me to the iron that I love so much. Long, strong legs with thighs that rub, but if they ...

[The Listserve] "The red pill"

Alexander Utkin

I'd like to ask you, do you know that your computer can work absolutely differently? Most of you bought your PC with a pre-installed operating system. Of course you're used to working with it. It's OK, but often people don't know about variants, don't k...

[The Listserve] Kindness is the King

Sean Manton

Dear fellow Listservians ~ Here is a poem I wrote recently, and now I wish to share it with you: Kindness is The King. May you let it rule your Kingdom. Gloriously! In spite of all those Dragons That aim to break your Heart. Thank you for s...

[The Listserve] English without the word "is"


Have you ever considered the effects of equating non numerical concepts as "equal" in your brain? Many English patterns include the word "is" to relate one concept to another. This gives our brains a kind of paradox: the semantics of "mary you are beaut...

[The Listserve] Soap bubbles are the fairies of our time


If anyone is giving advice, who's left to take it? True insight cannot be taught, only discovered. There is no absolute truth in the world, but different perspectives and angles, and by taking a step to the left or tilting your head, you can change your...

[The Listserve] Building a Community


Hello, everyone! I am the founder and owner of the startup 42Kmi. My company develops products to enhance the competitive gaming experience, and we have a website dedicated to nurturing the community and incubating talents and hobbies in the areas of...

[The Listserve] Be ready!

Miguel Borges da Silva

What happens when you win the lottery and you lose your ticket before you claim the prize? That's kind of what just happened to me... Against all odds I was chosen to write to The Listserve, but my 48 hour period expired. Although I usually read all ...

[The Listserve] Advice from a College Misfit


Hola, people! My name’s Emilia. Psychology student. Intrepid author, archer, singer, fencer, guitarist, language lover (any German or Spanish speakers here?), blogger, and bunny enthusiast. If you could tell the whole world something, what would you sa...

[The Listserve] Try a Tri

Nicolas Bourbillon

When most people think about triathlons, one of the first thing they think of, are those extraordinary images of ironman athletes fainting at the finish line after swimming, biking and running continuously for over 12 hours. Regular folks immediately ru...

[The Listserve] Wanna be a star?


Hi! I hope that you're having a great day, I sure am! I got this "you won the listserve lottery" email on my birthday! OK, since I've got a big audience: I teach high school in a detention facility for teen-aged repeat offenders. One of the many thi...

[The Listserve] Akasha, The most Noble & Greatest of Danes

Mike Hägg

Greetings Planet Earth! - Thank you ListServe for this opportunity & service. Ok.. first of all, I don't want to come off as a freak that keeps a dog in my fanny pack & has to show you pics till your eyes bleed. I simply want to share an experience t...