[The Listserve] Seven Life Lessons

Bronwen Raff
04/03/2017

Here are the top seven life lessons I learned from serving in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and Panama for 2 years, 11 months and 23 days. 1) Check your ego. I can use one liter of water to take a shower, kill chickens, pigs and cockroac...

[The Listserve] Love & Life Pt. 2

Anaiis
04/02/2017

Pure luck that I have received the Listserve for a second time! In my first email to all of you, I wrote about three important things in my life. 3 years later, here is how they have changed: 1. Music: Music is still a huge part of my life. I have st...

[The Listserve] An offer and an ask

Veronika
04/01/2017

Today, for you I have an offer - something that I'd like to share with you - and an ask - something that I'd like to request from you: My offer: I'm 22 years old, and am born and raised on the West Coast of Canada. I grew up in the heart of the cit...

[The Listserve] More SpaceX, less Snapchat

James
03/31/2017

Less than a month ago, Snapchat went public. An app that (at its core) lets you share photos with your friends on the internet? There's dozens of those that don't suck (and hundreds more that do). Long story short: Startups, stop trying to solve the...

[The Listserve] Dark fairy tales in Donbass

Andrew Grenfell
03/30/2017

When I meet up with old friends I ask them what has happened in the last 24 hours. I like to ground things in the present. I’m writing this from a flat in Moscow, home to three generations of a Russian family. Over breakfast this morning 11-year-old ...

[The Listserve] Just outside NYC

Max Avery Lichtenstein
03/29/2017

I was stuck in bed. It was August of 2008. I’d recently had a lumbar puncture, a so-called “spinal tap”, to analyze my cerebrospinal fluid for the telltale signs of multiple sclerosis. As a musician, I couldn’t help but have that ridiculous band of fict...

[The Listserve] Got Wisdom?

Saagar Gupta
03/27/2017

Curiosity is the lust of the mind; it cures boredom but nothing cures it. The spirit of this is to teach you at least one new thing. I welcome responses so don’t hesitate to email me! -Kratom: A tea from Southeast Asia, part of the coffee family, can h...

[The Listserve] Self Appreciation, Kenya is Great!

Jescar Opiyo
03/26/2017

Jambo friends, Seated at the corner in my current office, I am reflecting back….like 20 years ago when I had started knowing what is good and what is bad and you know what! It is a milestone indeed and I’m very grateful to God. I have achieved so ...

[The Listserve] Inequality and education in france

The Listserve
03/25/2017

Hi, whatever path you have chosen, I hope you're doing well and thriving. Lately I developed an strong interest in the dynamics of inequality, therefore here is a subjective first look at how it inhabits the french school system. More than the us...

[The Listserve] AFTER THE ROCK

None
03/23/2017

There is nothing I can write which someone else in this wonderful group has not already written better. Love, Kindness, Empathy, all the paramount things have been covered. I can, however, recommend some bands in the Post-rock subgenre. Their music ...

[The Listserve] A brief mathematics proof

Matt S.
03/22/2017

"Let (x, y, z) ∈ R^3 be a point with integer coordinates. Show that if we choose 9 such points then the midpoint of at least one pair of these points has integer coordinates." Hi everyone, I'm Matt. I'm a student at the University of Melbourne, major...

[The Listserve] I really have to study for this exam but..

Brooke
03/21/2017

Sugaring season is in full swing here in Vermont, which means there is a lot of maple syrup to go around! If you're not familiar with the culture around production of pure Vermont maple syrup and the health benefits pure maple syrup has, please check it...

[The Listserve] My Dog, Petra

Michael F. Weinberg
03/20/2017

Hi, I'm Michael. I'm a technologist & social scientist. I planned to write about my list of very important things everyone should know about technology, but yesterday I found out that my dog, Petra, has a very large abdominal mass, and we're not sure...

[The Listserve] Stream of Consciousness

Shannon
03/19/2017

Random things on my mind: - Thank you, Nose Frida, for existing. You are gross, but you are a hero nonetheless. - Sick baby = sick household. Always. - Packing for a trip takes longer than the trip itself. (Anyone else struggle with this?) - Am I ...

[The Listserve] Of undetermined causes

Laetitia
03/18/2017

“Can you please be more quiet? Your mom is sick,” my grandmother tells my younger brother and me while we are playing on the carpet of the living room. I am 9 years old and to me being sick means having a cold. But my mom is spending long hours layin...

[The Listserve] How a podcast changed my life

Serik Slobodskoy
03/17/2017

For some context, Rich Roll was an overweight, alcoholic lawyer who transformed into an ultra-endurance athlete & entrepreneur in his mid 40s. Randomly, just under two years ago, I listened to an episode of 'The Rich Roll Podcast'... Here's how 2...

[The Listserve] Hello from London

Emma
03/16/2017

I have to say, I was not expecting to be writing this so soon after signing up and this may pass a number of you by. However, to those who choose to read this, hello there. I always thought I’d write something profound but instead I’ll send some life...

[The Listserve] Show up

Kaleigh Rose
03/15/2017

I joined and learned of the listserve exactly two months ago when my dear friend, Bianca, told me about it. She had copied this particularly moving quote and shared it with me. You see, she was reaching out to me and showing up for me as a good friend s...

[The Listserve] Perspective and Other Thoughts

Kirsten
03/14/2017

Hello people of the world! I'm Kirsten and I'm a 20 year-old theatre major/Starbucks barista. One of the most essential tools that a theatre person can have is a plethora of perspective. I spend a lot of time people watching. Heck, I even signed up for ...

[The Listserve] OMG

Uncle Dave
03/13/2017

After all these years , my name comes up and like many others, I struggle with what to say. Whenever I am asked, "How are you?" or some variation of that greeting, I almost always say, "My life is perfect in every way". And almost always, if they have...

[The Listserve] The Day I Won The Listserve

Megan Corvus
03/12/2017

The first alarm goes off at 5am. This is the reminder to take my temperature, the most recent chore in 2.5 years of trying to get pregnant with our second child. I have turned off the alarm every day for the last week, since I went on a trip, left my ...

[The Listserve] You've just won the game!

J.
03/10/2017

Hi everyone, That was just homage to my favorite Listserve subject line. You know who you are. Respect. I’m a 26 year-old professional, and I wanted to get your thoughts on what I’ve seen so far in my place of work. What I’m asking about is, I’...

[The Listserve] Substance

Dee Holme-Werner
03/09/2017

Working on the therapeutic team of an Addiction Centre in South Africa, my country. On night shift right now, in an enormous Cape Dutch house in the middle of a forest. All clients are asleep. I have just done my first round after lights out and felt a...

[The Listserve] The World I Know to Be True.

Farryn
03/08/2017

I live in a world of go. Go forth, go on, go in, go for it. It’s this constant go that gives me speed and strength. It’s also this go that gives me impatience, and a desperate need to discover the world at a rapid pace. At 31, I’m still learning, breaki...

[The Listserve] Something that makes me happy

R.
03/07/2017

We are like this, we live and we don't understand. We talk, we give advice when the only person who needs advice is ourself. We prefer the vane instant satisfaction to any hard challenge that needs strength and perseverance. Sorry if I talk so aimless...

[The Listserve] on recent events

mari
03/06/2017

please take a moment today to think about your friends, your family, your loved ones. treat them with love, treat them with respect, try your best to understand why they act the way they do. if you're a parent, i implore you- treat your kids the way yo...

[The Listserve] Straight White Boy's Argument for Diversity

Ben
03/05/2017

If you could build a championship football team in any way you wanted, would you have Tom Brady at every position? No, you wouldn’t. Even though he is the best player in the history of football, teams require different skills at every position to win. ...

[The Listserve] Finding your passion

Jason Stack
03/04/2017

I have a lot of things I'm good at. This didn't crop up in my undergrad years. From a young age, I've been a voracious reader - which has slowed down a little lately because of work, MBA classes, and life in general. I'm a film buff - so much so t...

[The Listserve] Be kind

Edwin
03/03/2017

Even at nearly fifty, I can't say I've got life figured out, and I am beginning to suspect it will never happen: there are no adults - we're all just winging it. And that's fine - but that brings me to the subject line: Be kind. Life can be damn ha...

[The Listserve] The Importance of History (and the humanities in general)

Mindy Clegg
03/02/2017

Dear listservians- History matters. Human beings make meaning out the seeming randomness of life—cause and effect, coherent narratives, ripples in a pond, the butterfly effect. Knowing the roots and aftershocks of events that appear to be (as the Doct...