[The Listserve] What you’ve always heard, and why it isn’t true


Politicians, pundits, and religious figures say the Bible dictates how you should vote on certain issues. Unfortunately, much of it is not true. Abortion: It’s not murder, and the penalty for causing a miscarriage against the will of the mother can b...

[The Listserve] it's not the destination but the journey

Jackie Lightfield

A long time ago in a public school system far away, I learned stuff that would never appear on a standardized test, wrote reams of essays covered with red ink and wondered what the future held. It was the dawn of the digital age, and while I could clear...

[The Listserve] Wise words, set to music

Jeff Robson

Whenever it comes to finding the right words for a situation (such as now), I often find myself unable to say something clear enough, powerful enough, or smart enough. Luckily, I can always find a songwriter who can do it for me. When I need words of ho...

[The Listserve] Under Pressure

Jennifer Cox

Yesterday, I was exhausted. I'm on year six of raising my children alone. Eight are still at home. For years I languished. Stuck. Broken. But my kids kept growing. All these dreams I've had for us, for me, didn't end because my marriage ended, or I c...

[The Listserve] What kind of death would you like to have?


Dear Listserve, I am not asking my question rhetorically. I am a doctor, and I need to know. A “code” is an emergency that sends a large team of doctors, nurses, technicians and others to a patient who is unresponsive, not breathing, or pulseless...

[The Listserve] The Cooper Union

Ben Davis

"My story today is not my own: it is Peter Cooper’s. He died in 1883, but his legacy is just as important now as it was then. He believed that education is a public good - that it should be available to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay, gend...

[The Listserve] Italy baby!


Hi Listserve   What’s up? I love hearing your stories, you know. I hope I’ll be as entertaining as you have been.   First some words about me: I’m a 30 years old/young guy & have an amazing girlfriend, who luckily also has become my wife since Janu...

[The Listserve] Join Me On October 21st to Make a Difference!

Becca Dorman

So, if you're already familiar with ALS, feel free to skip to the next paragraph. Take a moment and imagine what it would be like to be a prisoner in your body. You are unable to move, communicate, or even breathe on your own. Amyotrophic lateral sclero...

[The Listserve] Hope

Alex Garcia

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Don't expect anybody to fix the things that are in need to be fixed. Look for people that shares your passion and get to work together. You can change the world. Big hug and best wishes to you all, ...

[The Listserve] your sense of morals

Kasper Hägele

The best books I ever read were from the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, though I didn't appreciate science-fiction up till then. They have given me insights into mass psychology, influencing decisions at critical moments and in possibly predicting t...

[The Listserve] Free Ideas!

Zach Olsen

The following are random ideas of things that I will never execute on. If any of these sound cool to you please make them happen: 1. Stoplights could be much more efficient. Think of the millions of cars idling right now at an annoying stoplight for no...

[The Listserve] Kane’s mud run story


Hello, Here is most embarrassing moment: About 6 years ago, I entered a 6km run. It was over farmland, in muddy swamps, along very muddy farm tracks and crashing through bushes. At the end of the race everyone was totally mud-covered. I went...

[The Listserve] Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.

Leah Johnson

Why do people become teachers? I often wonder this as I constantly read and see the attack on teachers and public education in general. This question is particularly interesting to me because of my profession- I teach future teachers. I teach learning t...

[The Listserve] Cats, Meow

Michelle Huang

Here is a small fact: You are going to die. -The Book Thief, Markus Zusak Sorry if that abrupt introduction startled you; I had to get your attention somehow, you know. One day I woke up and discovered the inevitability of certain death, and ...

[The Listserve] The View From 65

Penny Rice

Embrace love in all of its forms, live with a strong connection to your higher self, laugh loudly and often … with yourself as your main source of amusement. Eliminate manufactured fear. Root out all messages and warnings of fear instilled within yo...

[The Listserve] Add Some Music To Your Day

Barton Lewis

How often do you listen to music? I mean, really listen? I could go on about actual scientific studies that link music to a whole host of physical and psychological benefits, but rather than rattle on here, try it. A musician myself, I’ve played the ...

[The Listserve] Let's talk about privilege (baby, let's talk about you and me)

Caitlin Boehne

We're all assholes. I was on the last leg of a road trip Friday, passing through El Paso on my way home to Austin. Speeding along the highway, I looked across the Rio Grande and into Mexico. It's nothing but a river that draws the line between thes...

[The Listserve] Questions for The Listserve, cc You and 20k others


To: The Listerve founders- Alvin et al. cc: all Questions: -I like this idea. What excites me is that someone might surprise us with something beautiful and true. One or two people have come close. But, does it matter if most emails aren't that gre...

[The Listserve] broken heart

Vitor Bosshard

I recently discovered (through Capoeira) the absolute joy that practising sports can be. I've felt more awake, my posture and body control have improved dramatically, and most of all I've been having tons of fun. But the story doesn't end there. The ...

[The Listserve] Let's meet, internet stranger.

Nicole He

Hello, stranger. My name is Nicole. I live in Brooklyn, NY, work at Kickstarter, and I like knitting, tiny instruments, and avocados. I'm interested in internet communities, but what really tickles me is bridging that terrifying gap between cyberspa...

[The Listserve] Work as hard as everyone else

Brian Donohue

I worked as a caddie on a golf course during my teenage years. One morning I was working for Rappaport and Haas, two older gentleman that had retired and played golf together every morning. The three of us went through almost the entire round without sa...

[The Listserve] and now for something completely different...


I didn't expect that I would be writing to you all so soon. Timing is everything. My internet service will end tomorrow as I prepare to leave the country for an extended period. For a long while I have thought about what it would be like to live with "o...

[The Listserve] Making A Movie

Dave Thomas

I'm making a movie tomorrow. Well, me, and a bunch of other very talented people. It's a short film with a super-low budget. It's hard to know how these sorts of things are going to turn out (I've been involved in similar projects before), but I think i...

[The Listserve] I love Ideas


In the past years I learned there is nothing more enjoyable for me than ideas. Since I think that Math is the science of ideas, I would like to share the following proof: Maybe you have heard of prime numbers. These are natural numbers greater than one ...

[The Listserve] The Good Life

Julissa Castillo

As of this week, I have been in LA for 7 months pursuing my dream of becoming a TV writer. Though I work multiple jobs (none of them full-time), I may soon run out of money. Last week, I had an emotional breakdown upon realizing that I may have to give ...

[The Listserve] Start running your race now

Jon Lazar

One Sunday in February 2010, I was at brunch with some friends, and I mentioned that I had an interest in taking up running. As friends are known to do, they egged me on until we decided that, as a group, that we would run a 5K together. I started the C...

[The Listserve] Some random tips to maybe improve something in your life


Dear Listservers, I'm still figuring out how a lot of stuff works in life. I like to think that I get it right most of the times, but of course I fuck up a lot too. I believe that's what it means to be human. Here are some random tips/insights ...

[The Listserve] People

Drew Schilson

There is so much I'd like to say about urban, environmental, gender, and art history here. That's what I'm prone to do as a student of the Evergreen State College. With such complex problems and solutions in constant rotation, at constant attention, the...

[The Listserve] Sport

Peter Clarke

I’ve come very late to sport, having spent most of my life actively avoiding either watching or taking part in it. This recent interest is a surprising development and so I’ve spent quite a bit of time pondering what it is about sport that appeals to...

[The Listserve] You and Me


Hello, I'd like to share a few heavy thoughts about you and me. You are worthy of love no matter what. You hold no dark secret, no horrible regret nor difference of opinion that lessens your value. You are important, you mean something, you deserv...