[The Listserve] Mokitas and software

Chris
05/13/2017

Hello fellow listservians! Today I'm going to introduce you to a word you may not have heard before: mokita. A mokita is “the truth we all know but agree not to talk about". In English, the concept is maybe best rendered as "the elephant in the ro...

[The Listserve] Running at brick walls

Tylor
05/12/2017

Hey Listers, Quite a surprise for me to finally win and get to write something to y’all. I’ve very much enjoyed the list and love what it brings out in people, though I must admit that lately I haven’t been reading it much. Not sure why. It’s inte...

[The Listserve] A Better Way to YOLO

R
05/10/2017

Consider the word “syndrome,” it is defined as something strictly psychological – in your head – something you alone created and thus must resolve yourself. Many people of color at higher institutions are said to suffer from imposter syndrome, but suppo...

[The Listserve] Life's Important Moments / Fatherhood

Adam S
05/09/2017

Hi Friends- Have you ever won a lottery? Me neither, except for the fact that we my wife and I welcomed a beautiful baby boy just a few weeks ago -- perfect in every way, and for that I feel grateful and like I have won the best lottery in the world...

[The Listserve] Thank you!

Alex S.
05/07/2017

5 years subscribed to the listserve, finally won the lottery and I have no idea what to write. They only give you 48 hours, and I have a job and little kids! So I just want to say thanks to all of you who shared your stories and other writings. For thos...

[The Listserve] Five parts one

Kate Schnippering
05/05/2017

They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, for better or for worse. In that case, here is my introduction. I am one part adventurer. I climb big snowy mountains. I thrive in extreme conditions, risk, and uncertain e...

[The Listserve] i like saying the word pancakes more than i like to eat them

Hannah C
05/04/2017

My friends and I play this game that we've named the Question Game. There is a rift as to whether it is just structured conversation (totally is) or a game. But adding the word game implies that there are rules and rewards and sometimes enables people t...

[The Listserve] THE LIFE PLAN

The Listserve
05/03/2017

From a wee little infant We begin to decide Who we'll be when we're older And our options are wide Our wants are confusing And rather contrived How can a 5 year old know what to strive for, When she doesn't yet know who she is inside? So we ...

[The Listserve] this is just about me

Anand
05/02/2017

Hi Listserve, I have no advice or recipes for you. Maybe you have some for me? I live alone, I’ve never had a boyfriend, I don’t have a stable career, I’m out of shape, and I don’t have a ton of friends nearby. It’s lonely, and I feel little motiv...

[The Listserve] Immigrants, America, Grandmas and Recipes

Nikhil Kumar
04/28/2017

There seems to be a pattern when a new wave of immigrants hits the American shores. First, they are understood as a monolithic group. Their individual stories are squashed into a common history. Romans and Napolitanos are Italians. Chinese and Koreans a...

[The Listserve] Differently Abled

Prabhu Kandasamy
04/26/2017

What started as a moment, became a journey. What started as a journey is defining my life. Time for a flash back !!! I participated in International Speech contest in 2015. Was I a born orator ? Of course not. Did I know I could reach the semifinals of ...

[The Listserve] Life goes on

Carol Olona
04/25/2017

I started to think I had deleted the email telling me I had won the listserv. It took years to win… I just returned from my parent’s 60th anniversary party. We had a great time. I looked up my cousins and far flung relatives and got pictures in ad...

[The Listserve] Sarah

Dean M
04/24/2017

I need to write this down. A metaphor that took form in the space between conscious and subconscious as I dozed in my airplane seat. It came with striking clarity, played like a movie to my own narration. It was a couple of hours ago and half a dream so...

[The Listserve] Buycott

Michael
04/23/2017

A lot of people feel that their voices in our societies matter less and less. This leads to isolationist decisions, and whether I or you agree with them, there seems to be a general feeling of despair, loss and insignificance. This is only until we real...

[The Listserve] This is what I tell myself.

Julia Haskins
04/21/2017

I WON!!!!!! (How are so many Listserve winners able to control their excitement? I am definitely not one of those people.) My “You’ve won The Listserve!” email came at a pretty inopportune time, as I’m sure it does for most people. I’m currently drow...

[The Listserve] Maybe life isn't for everyone

Jungshook V
04/20/2017

This opportunity came at the worst possible time. When I'm at my absolute worst, and have no motivation to do anything at all. I almost passed on this chance. - I miss my grandma a lot. - I still haven't come to terms with the death of my friend, it...

[The Listserve] Your average sex worker

Yulia
04/19/2017

We felt absolutely normal. We laughed, cried, gossiped, watched make-up tutorials, went on juice-cleansing diets and found out that they didn’t work, took selfies, talked to parents, avoided conversations with parents; stood in lines on April 15th to fi...

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Peter J. Anapol
04/17/2017

Fellow Listservians… I thought that if I ever won the Listserve lottery that I would have pages upon pages of thoughts and ideas, but the mind isn’t what it used to be. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to read everyone’s submissions. Thank...

[The Listserve] You Matter

Olivia Jones
04/16/2017

One of the most difficult things, you must admit, is learning that this world isn't about you. When I first worked out the world wasn't about me I definitely cried. A pretty cry though. No ugly crying here. I think that's why this is a hard email to ...

[The Listserve] Learning from Failure

Jason Yee
04/15/2017

Hi Listservians, Like most other winners, my shock of winning (especially after being a member for so many years) quickly gave way to panic over what to write. But then I figured, I’d just tell you what I’ve told thousands of others around the world....

[The Listserve] This is an email of three parts.

John
04/14/2017

Love. A year ago I drove from Boston to Woods Hole and took the ferry to Martha's Vineyard for a first date with a girl named Katrina. We walked along the beach and she skipped rocks along the ocean surface like a pro. It was a breathless fast walkin...

[The Listserve] 5 tips to help you travel more + travel better

Theresa Christine
04/13/2017

Hi you! I'm Theresa, a travel blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. I have pink hair, I put bow ties on my cat, and I believe in laughing every day. I've volunteered to repair trails at the Grand Canyon, snorkeled in zero degree water in Iceland, and rode ...

[The Listserve] Three random thoughts

Mary Huntington
04/12/2017

Two years ago I was emotionally pessimistic, but intellectually thought the world was going to be ok. Now I'm in a better place and ready to be optimistic, but I'm still so confused by the changes in my life and the world that I haven't figured out what...

[The Listserve] A squirrel in the tree of knowledge

Sylvia Wenmackers
04/11/2017

Dear fellow Listservian, My name is Sylvia and I'm a philosopher of science. One of my favourite quotes about science comes from Albert Einstein: “[A]ll our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike – and yet it is the most pre...

[The Listserve] A Message to Today's Listserve Winner

Anonymous
04/08/2017

Hey Listserve winner, Yes, you. Hi. It’s nice to meet you, too. Listen, I’m just going get to the point. Every Listserve winner always writes a message to everyone else on the list. But today, my message is just for you. I want to ask ...

[The Listserve] A life abroad

Edie
04/07/2017

I worry sometimes that I don't actually love traveling. I've had the great luck to have parents that travelled (with and without me) when I was a child — and that progression seemed only natural as I now creep towards my thirties. An American who loves ...

[The Listserve] I was that Radical Feminist that I am

Cara Ungar
04/06/2017

In college I was a radical Marxist feminist. Yes. I studied photography and poetry. I went on to earn a PhD in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies. I was part of a long line of proud activists. My mother was a women's health researcher and organizer. My gran...

[The Listserve] The Lesson That Took 27 Years For Me To Learn

Monique
04/05/2017

I used to have a lot of friends. I don’t anymore. I know what you’re going to say…”Oh, honey, don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s a circumstance of growing older, of moving to a different city. It’s just life…people will come into it and people will g...

[The Listserve] To My Sister

Mackenzie
04/04/2017

My sister is the writer in the family. She uses words like “furtive” and “pedantic” in daily conversation without sounding pretentious- they are simply the correct word for the description or thought she wants to share. She’s won awards at ivy league un...

[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...