[The Listserve] A little bit about me

James Pharaoh

Hi, I am going to have to write this quickly because I am really busy! My flatmate and I are organising a Eurovision party and people will be arriving any minute. Check out wikipedia if you don't know what that is. My name is James and I am Englis...

[The Listserve] Finish a project

Trevor Johns

Hello everyone, It's an honor to be writing to all of you. I can't believe I've been picked so early on! I've been trying to figure out what to write about, and believe me… it's tough. Don't worry, I'll be brief. I have something I'd like you to do...

[The Listserve] I just want to tell the world.


I love, with every ounce of my soul, my wife and my kids. May God watch over them always. I get my strength from my family, my faith, and my friends. Nothing is more important to me than this. Thanks for reading. Anonymous Downers Grove,...

[The Listserve] Make things.

Jeremy Penner

You have something you always wanted to learn to do, but never did. Perhaps you were intimidated; maybe you didn't know where to start. Maybe you tried, but got frustrated. Maybe you had grand plans that would have taken you years of concentra...

[The Listserve] Moving Day

Luke Neff

Since the email from the nice people at The Listserve caught me on the morning of moving day, I’m filling this email with fragments from journals I found during the move, flipping through them at random and typing out what I find interesting until I...

[The Listserve] A little anecdote from my time in Vietnam


A couple of months ago, my friend Jill told me to sign up this Listserve thingy – she said the writing is pretty good. Indeed it has been, I have really enjoyed receiving all the emails. I've decided I'm gonna tell a story. In summer 2010, I went bac...

[The Listserve] A few things to remember...


1. Watch for bikers and runners when you drive. Too many accidents occur because people are making a simple turn and are in a hurry, and forget to look to see who else they share the road with. If you see a biker or runner, don't forget to check where...

[The Listserve] Thankyou!

Jamie Reid

When I was a young boy my parents took my brother and I on a trip to Sydney. We went to the Zoo, and the Powerhouse Museum (absolutely fantastic for a young kid into technology and science like I was and am), and many many other places. Most importan...

[The Listserve] Sundry thoughts


I'm generally not big on quoting other people, and maybe this is totally cheesy, but this poem contains what I find to be useful pointers on how to go about life. It's not clever, it doesn't rhyme, it's not grandiose. It's eloquent and on point: Desi...

[The Listserve] The simple secret to surviving India

Arthur Cheysson

You just landed in India. You’re a bit stressed: it’s absolutely normal. But let me just tell you a simple thing, and everything will go just fine. In a matter of days, the Indian in you will be fully awakened. The head tilt. This is a very simple...

[The Listserve] DFTBA.

Maggie Needham

I'd like to make some book recommendations. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green That this book is about two teenagers with cancer should not dissuade you from reading it. It will probably make you cry, but it will also make you laugh. It's an honor...

[The Listserve] I've never been great at coming up with creative subject lines...

Jordan Sale

I am an avid reader of The Listserve. I love the concept of the group and I love receiving each day's email. So far I've learned so much from so many strangers - drink recipes with ingredients I would never have thought of, more information about bees a...

[The Listserve] No time to mourn our humble existence


After 13 years of flying to the edge of our solar system, the American Voyager 1 space probe, reached the almost incomprehensible distance of 6.4 billion kilometres (nearly 4 billion miles) from Earth in 1990 and was turned around to take a picture of o...

[The Listserve] From the bottom of the world


Hello, I'm from somewhere far away. Apparently, I live in the most remote city with a population in excess of one million people. Hello from Auckland, New Zealand. I don't feel very far away from you. I think we probably have a few things in...

[The Listserve] Worry Less, Do More

Kris Noble

It's often said that the biggest obstacles we face in life are the ones we put up for ourselves. Unnecessary worry is one of those. How many times have you denied yourself an opportunity because of worry - maybe you felt like you weren't ready, or th...

[The Listserve] Work together to achieve more

Sam Sinensky

Virtual interaction has become a thing of the now. The instant feedback is addicting and we almost feel like we can touch and experience life in the same way we would if we were physically together. Sometimes the virtual is a good substitute and other t...

[The Listserve] The one armed frog

Vera Suzanne

I have a tattoo of a frog on the top of my right foot. I drew him myself. When people ask me why I always say that when I take a step, he hops. But there’s a story behind that. I was tree planting one year. While planting you need to move fast, th...

[The Listserve] Don't forget to have fun!

Diogo Pires

Hey! It's cold right here in Brazil! brrrrrr Well, I would like to share with you some things that I did recently and, somehow, changed my life: I quit my boring strategic consultant’s life I decided to take a sabbatical year I discovered life (ye...

[The Listserve] Balance

Kurtis Katakura

“It takes a very long time to become young.” - Pablo Picasso It’s kind of funny —I am an eighteen year old boy who should be basking in what’s left of my youth, but I feel like I am a middle aged man with nothing but repetition left in life. Wake ...

[The Listserve] Thoughts of one of the happiest guys in the world

Jacob Markussen

I've thought about what to write in this email ever since I signed up to the list, and to selected this early in the list is both awesome and a little frightening, because I don't really feel ready. Nevertheless, this is my contribution, and it will hop...

[The Listserve] Maxine and the Radio


Hello. Because you are a friend I've just not met yet, I'm writing this so that we might be a little closer. In this email I will: 1. Tell you a little about what work's been like for me lately. 2. Choose and present to you some rad radio. I love ...

[The Listserve] "You Will Hang" and Other Things you don't want to hear on a Saturday Afternoon

Kip Silverman

Hi fellow ListServians! In 1987, I was at a civil rights march in Cumming, GA (Brotherhood March II). I was grabbed by a coordinator towards the end- I was told to flank the woman next to me who was with a child in a stroller; there were people on t...

[The Listserve] What IF


Today's question: What IF? What IF you could make an impact? What IF we could end hunger? What IF there was enough food on the planet RIGHT NOW to feed every human being? Well, there is. And we can end hunger. Fascinating, right!? The gene...

[The Listserve] My father-in-law and his values

Noah Abrahamson

My father-in-law is pretty right wing. He's all about the Fox News, Bill O'Reilly, Tea Party and Ann Coulter. He rants on about immigrants, taxes and President Obama. He sends my husband and me crazy emails with "facts" about various minority groups, ho...

[The Listserve] We can do this


Make a difference. Donate a dollar, recycle a bottle, love someone, hold a door open, acknowledge another's achievements, give a hug or an opportunity to someone else. We are all a part of this world together. Tonight, look at the moon (something that...

David Evans

Rachael Evans

I’m going to tell you about an inspirational person. He loved to push himself to the limits, the sports he loved were always ones where he could use his brain, expeditions, climbing, bouldering, kayaking, orienteering, he maintained his nerdy ways. I d...

[The Listserve] BuLLdozer


To all the people of the list- buy a bulldozer. Anonymous

[The Listserve] Bagel Parrot: bird in the city

Jenn W.

I'm your average twentysomething living and working in Manhattan, but I won't bore you with any further details (I'll leave that to HBO). Instead, I'll introduce you to my Congo African Grey parrot, Bagel. Greys are considered one of the most intelligen...

[The Listserve] Hello, world!

Adam Tonks

I wasn't really expecting to be given the chance to send out an email to everyone, so I'm not totally sure what I want to say! I'm a student, and I can't really cook, so I think the best thing I can do is send out a couple of really simple to make (y...

[The Listserve] Tumbledore


Hi there, "The Listserve" has been impressively void of self promotion, probably due to the ban on links. Amongst those in the know, the classic "Diva Cup" post stands out as a favorite. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a sponsor for this post wit...