[The Listserve] Experience the web


I have found many messages on this list inspiring and many more interesting and practical. I am always fascinated by the wisdom, stories and advice passed on in the daily messages and look forward broadening my perspective with each read. However, the...

[The Listserve] Free Medical Advice


I can't believe I won the Listserve lottery...I've never won anything! (Other than a basketball hoop from Sprite, which was actually pretty exciting). I've had a hard time figuring out what to write, as my mind has been utterly consumed with the stud...

[The Listserve] Combining hobbies to reach creative heights

Ramon van Dam

Hello all, All my life I have been fascinated by two things; movies and computers. I am currently 25 years old and am happy to say I have been able to include these two interesting topics into my daily life on a regular basis. Not only am I active as...

[The Listserve] last hurrah

Shira Borzak

Currently at Lollapalooza in Chicago, so forgive my brevity. Surrounded by festival-goers of all kinds and covered in mud from the the rain. However, the song everyone knew the best was "tonight" by fun. Seems like everyone, including me, is trying to r...

[The Listserve] Coming full circle

Patrick Beeker

Hello friend distant or near, Let me share a part of my life with you. Exactly two years ago I started my current job. At a hostel chain in the Netherlands where - after being in social welfare for nearly a year - I was so happy to fine a full-time p...

[The Listserve] Smile!

Becky Stewart

I’d like to draw your attention to Bhutan, a unique nation bordering India and China. Although it is considered to be a developing country, I think the Bhutanese are in fact leading the rest of us in a fundamental area: Their national goal of, not Gross...

[The Listserve] Feel free and happy, take control

Marc Thouvenin

Do you want to feel free? Do you want to take control over your destiny ? My modest contribution will discuss how I got there by being an entrepreneur. Many of my friends and family have warned me, telling me it was very risky to be an entrepreneur,...

[The Listserve] Theodor Geisel

Wesley Brown

Hello there, Listservers! I hope you’ll enjoy A message that’s based on a Seussian ploy If you want to write poems the Seussian way Anapestic tetrameter brooks no delay But Seuss saw this form in its hard, rigid glory And said ‘Hey, I can do it...

[The Listserve] The Path With No Choices


I was surprised when I finally got the chance to say something to you. I wrote this few years ago when I had an inner battle with my faith. You know, the kind of thing that makes you ponder why life sometimes can be so unfair. I hope this will answer th...

[The Listserve] We can all be artists.

Jules Hall

Hello everyone! My name is Jules and I am a Graphic Designer in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario (Canada). I just wanted to share with you fellow listserve-ians my love of art. Many people have said things to me like 'I wish I could draw like that' or 'oh...

[The Listserve] Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day (probably belated)


I work in the I.T. department of a university. I came back to I.T. after studying sociology and it taught me a lot about the dynamics of the role of I.T. in a company: A good I.T. department is virtually invisible! I.T. is in its core about infras...

[The Listserve] Do more of what you love

Patrick Cartelli

On August 7th I’m heading out to Cimarron, New Mexico. It will be my third time backpacking at the Philmont Scout Reservation. I was 15 the first time I went and 26 this time around. After this trek I will have hiked around 200 miles during my time ther...

[The Listserve] Random advice about Risk and “Risk”

Meghan Callahan

We’re taught to fear “the stranger”, but most sexual assaults are done by someone the victim knows. Most children will be assaulted by a relative or family friend, most women by an acquaintance. Teach your children to know a dangerous situation, rather ...

[The Listserve] Turn On, Tune In, Take Part.

Daniel Tumbleweed

Ten years ago, I ate 3.5 grams of psilocybe cubensis mushrooms for a simple, silly reason: I wanted to see things move. I have always been a textual person, a writer, and I wanted to unlock my visual imagination. What I experienced that sweet December n...

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Here's a true story : I was born in 1969, in 1977 2000ad - a British boys comic began. Not expected to last the year, the publishers using the hatch/match/despatch model (HATCH: create a new comic title and an excited audience looking for issue #1. M...

[The Listserve] In The Defense of Cheese


A few days ago, there was a little snafu where my subject line was attached to another e-mail. So here's the real In the Defense of Cheese. When I was younger, there would be times that my mother's “intensity” would drive me to leave my home for a fe...

[The Listserve] Little Kid

Julia Lynch

As a college student/intern/tutor/babysitter/freelance writer figuring out what I want to do with my life, I wouldn't be where I am now without the help of some amazing people who helped me early on in my career. They could have easily ignored me and d...

[The Listserve] The last letter


Hi everyone! First I would like to say that English is not my native language, so forgive my possible (and probable) mistakes! This letter below I wrote when I was 16 years-old and was going through a difficult phase of my life, and I thought that lea...

[The Listserve] Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream


In an age where we are constantly connected to everyone and everything, there's never been a bigger divide in social interactions, I feel that people are losing the ability to communicate properly. However, being a part of Listserve has reminded me that...

[The Listserve] What makes you cackle like a witch?

Robbie Smith

I like to ask people what the last thing that really made them laugh was. I think you know a lot about someone when you know what they find the funniest. When you make somebody laugh a lot, you have complete control over them. It's an interesting power ...

[The Listserve] In The Defense of Cheese

Justin Smith

I find I have a few things I often admonish people about, and I’ve picked one to share with you all. First, a little about myself: I am an American guy in my lower twenties. I live in the center of the state of Pennsylvania, and, on the weekends, run a ...

[The Listserve] Intelligence & How to Get It

Dr Mark Evans

You are what you know. A contemporary view of intelligence finds that it is the sum of two factors: G(f) is fluid intelligence- the size of your working memory, how ‘fast you think’ etc. G(c) is concrete intelligence- a measure of how much fact...

[The Listserve] How would you help aspiring teachers in the developing world?

Andrew Martin

Tim Ferriss (of 4 Hour Work Week fame) is turning 35. His birthday wish is to raise $50,000 from the followers of his blog to help fund aspiring teachers. If we are able to raise $50,000, he will match that with another $50,000 donation! As of this w...

[The Listserve] Building something awesome with friends - or the story of FarmFest


It is a happy coincidence that I got the invite to write something to you all in my favorite week of the year. It is the week prior to a festival I help organize: FarmFest. Let me tell you why I love this festival so much. I grew up on a dairy farm i...

[The Listserve] The Loneliness of Extraversion

Lee-Anne Bigwood

Hi Listservians! This is a shorter version of something I wrote in April, which can be found if you search the title. The Loneliness of Extraversion On a recent Sunday morning, I slept until my eyes were ready to open, rearranged my apartment, ate ...

[The Listserve] Raspberry rhubarb muffins


I know it's a very hot summer in places right now but these muffins are completely worth it. (Sorry for mixing unit types here, but these are from my notes and what I know works for me) 375g AP flour 265g Brown sugar (I prefer dark) 2.5tsp Baking ...

[The Listserve] A story about music, youth and culture

Tom Davenport

This is a story about music. It is also a call to arms for anyone interested in recording. Forward it to anyone it might help. A lot is said about DIY music, and plenty more about mainstream artists. But this is a story about the rung beneath all tha...

[The Listserve] Passions

Colleen Meegan

When I ask questions, I am genuinely curious to hear the answers. How are you today? Don’t say fine. Tell me what you were anticipating to be stressful at work today, or what you are looking forward to doing this evening. My favourite question to ask is...

[The Listserve] My American dream: Route 66

Alvaro. M. H 

Happiness is to achieve your dreams and enjoy the road. These words are dedicated to a dream that begun 7 years ago, during my first days in university. There, one day, Maria and I decided to embark in the adventure of crossing the United States through...

[The Listserve] Are you angry?

Matt Haworth

When I was young I was angry. So much seemed to be wrong in so many parts of the world - I didn't know what to do, I just knew I wanted to do *something*. Yet changing the system seemed impossible for millions to bring about, never mind one angry ...