[The Listserve] Mokitas and software


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


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


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

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.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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...

[The Listserve]

Peter J. Anapol

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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...