[The Listserve] The Dark

Sloan Westerman

Hello Listserve, My name is Sloan and I am senior at Gonzaga University in Washington State. I enjoy reading all of your insights and reflection every morning when I wake up. I can relate and learn from each and every one of you. Here is my story ...

[The Listserve] “Oh god, I’m so old.”

Bon Morrison

I turned twenty-three last Friday and I now find myself at a bizarre crossroads in my life. I just hit the one-year mark of my first real career job. I’m in the industry that I went to school for. I’m sitting behind a desk inside an iconic building in T...

[The Listserve] A Story From Heaven


It is a cold September evening. A girl, tall, a bit shy, has her first ballroom dancing lesson. Her friends have persuaded her to go. But her concerns about not meeting a boy who is tall enough are quickly forgotten because of him. While learning the...

[The Listserve] Get Lost

Cheryl Neoh

Explorers are we, intrepid and bold, Out in the wild, amongst wonders untold. Equipped with our wits, a map, and a snack, We’re searching for fun, we’re on the right track! - Introduction, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes Calvin & Hobbes epitomizes ...

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Fernando Prado Miranda

Ei there. I’m a Brazilian 21 yr old but my great-grandparents were from Japan - that can impress even those who know me well, given the lack of slanted eyes or a peculiar surname. I think you should listen to Peter Bjorn & John songs that are NOT ...

[The Listserve] My two words

Aniruddh Behere

So the story goes.....A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold that the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the ...

[The Listserve] A quote and a joke


Once a friend told me, "o godz--the building across the street just grew a proboscis." It was construction season in Boston. ------------- Two mathematicians, Joe and Bob, are in a restaurant. Joe is talking about how he feels that math educat...

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Frances Gill

FUN STUFF: 1. I’m 21 and a pre-med student. I like reading writing cleaning yoga and drinking. I work in a pizzeria. 2. Who are you?? 3. WTF VOTE FOR OBAMA 4. If by any chance you work at a zoo please email me and invite me to come hang out with a...

[The Listserve] Happy Friday!

Trev Nowak

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[The Listserve] From a country of (literally) thousands islands


Hey there Such a pleasant, odd chance to write to you. Thank you. I am a gen Y living in a developing country named Indonesia, working as a marketer in fmcg industry. I read listserve e-mails every morning, love it. Most of them come from US thoug...

[The Listserve] Fear Itself

Claire Elyse LaRoche

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our ...

[The Listserve] A fairyland of blue and white


I'm going to the South Pole. I'm a math teacher and I'll be participating in a research project. One of the goals of this expedition is to share my journey with students so they can see math and science being used in the real world. (The actual rea...

[The Listserve] Dance Lessons

Barak Michener

I'm a software engineer by trade, but today I'm writing about a different passion of mine: Dancing. Six years ago, swing dancing changed my life. Now I dance tango, waltz, swing, and blues. I wanted to share dance lessons -- not the footwork, but ...

[The Listserve] Explore. Dream. Discover

Anna B.

I, more recently than not, have this mindset that if I don't ask, try or do I will never know. I have kept so many things unsaid thinking that people can read my mind and have ended up disappointed in the outcome but really I should have just said wh...

[The Listserve] I am but a bug.

David Matters

Hello: As this is 'the list serve'; I will 'serve a list'. * I'm a 42 year old, legally blind, stay at home dad. * I am: funny, intelligent, open-minded, creative, memorable, anal, logical, and a survivalist. * 'And' should only be used in numbers...

[The Listserve] Duck!!!!!!!

Miranda Gunn-Brockhoff

For Luke, The difference between a fear and a phobia, fear is something you talk yourself into, a phobia is when people rationalise it by giving your fear a clinical name ( My justification Jk is that this is my opinion:P ), but fear/phobia will alwa...

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Leo Maia

Olá a todos os 21.588 que acabam de receber esse email :) Moro em Brasília, Brasil. Tenho 20 anos. Conheci o The Listserve no início do ano, por um post do Youpix. Coloquei meu email no mailing e desde então recebo diariamente várias história. Faç...

[The Listserve] :D

Jordan Alfaro

Hi! I've wrote down a bunch of things I want to say/share with all of you but of all those things the following are what I've picked out as my top 7. Why 7? I don't know I like the number. 1) Checkout the short story Mrs. Wienckus by E.B. White ...

[The Listserve] Keeping warm


I am writing this from my tiny apartment in Madison, Wisconsin. I have realized the low rent I pay is directly related to the fact that I overlook an intersection on the preferred street of emergency vehicles, which means they lay heavily on the horn, a...

[The Listserve] I promise you will be glad you did.

James Tall

I have 250 words and have already used nine. I would have loved to write a public love letter to my wife, to my two daughters and tell everyone why I have the greatest parents, in-laws, siblings and family. I wanted to discuss the physics behind Baum...

[The Listserve] This will only take a second.

Christine Davis

I hope you have a wonderful day today, all 21,517 of you. Christine Davis christine@neato.co.nz / @_hristine Montreal, Quebec

[The Listserve] Look Up

Brendan Illis

Look up my friend, look up to that night sky above you. Those stars you see, impossibly far from where you stand, are the same ones I see. Those stars, some have witnessed the birth of humanity, others burned out a millennium ago and all we see is an ec...

[The Listserve] Attempt failure

Priscilla Haring

Right, sooo.. I am a social scientist - a communication scientist - a media psychologist - a game researcher and an expert on mediated motivation So I should know a thing or two about human behaviour Apart from that (or maybe intertwined) I have had qu...

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Douglas Carnall

Scout's pace means moving at a brisk pace by alternately walking and running. Baden-Powell himself recommended alternating every fifty paces, but I prefer twenties as it's easier to count. My perennial optimism about how long it takes to walk somewhere ...

[The Listserve] Get busy living, or get busy dieing

Leon B

I'll keep my submission to the listserve short and sweet, for your viewing/brain scratching pleasure. Your boss can thank me for getting you back to work about two hundred words sooner. I'll just share two of my favorite quotes. "In the end, the univ...

[The Listserve] The Ascetic Life


We all have desires. We want to to eat, enjoy sensual pleasure, make money, gain recognition. None of these are bad per se, but often these desires are misdirected towards not-so-great ends. We as a race have sought to control these desires from the ver...

[The Listserve] Treasure Them


When my gmail popped up and said, congratulations, you've won the listserve, I knew exactly what to say, yet I didn't know how to say it. Treasure your friends. Nearly 30 weeks ago, I was forced to cut ties with some of my best friends. The friends ...

[The Listserve] The Pursuit

Samantha Soh

As an American I've always believed in the pursuit of happiness, but happiness is difficult to define in this situation. Being "content" is increasingly my definition. I am entirely content in my life as it is in this chapter, I imagine this is what mos...

[The Listserve] Stay hungry, stay foolish

Ujala Ali Khan

Hi! I’m a 32-year-old Karachi girl living in Dubai. I dance a lot, even though I’m terrible at it. But that’s ok, because I’d rather be bad at doing something I enjoy, than be good at doing something I hate. I believe life is too short to spend doing...

[The Listserve] So Not Ready For This

Jai Sen

I'm so not ready for this. I'm going to try to just be as honest and in the moment as possible. This is a first-take sorta thing kids and kid-ettes, so buckle up and try to bear with me :) I don't know if any of you have heard about Harsha Maddula t...