[The Listserve] So little time


You'll be dead for a very long time. Take this brief opportunity to do something. “BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER.” Erik Massachusetts othererik+listserve@gmail.com

[The Listserve] Fire Tea

Simon Iacob

Dec 2011 I crossed by foot the Arava border from Israel into Jordan. The intended trip with friends to Petra for the day wasn't well planned, so I explored the beach town of Aqaba solo instead. I walked quite a bit, and when it came to cross back to Eil...

[The Listserve] So many things

Jen Bokoff

I value joy, justice, sincerity, and community. I think values are a fantastic way to connect with and learn about other people. I work for a nonprofit that consumes a lot of my energy, but which I believe in to my core. Foundation Center's mission i...

[The Listserve] Good Fortune, Hard Work

Shane Fera

This is a treat. My invitation to write for the Listserve comes at a time in my life I have much to talk about. 2016. This is really a sharing of joy. 2016 has been a year focused on family building and foundation building. For the past 3 years...

[The Listserve] The Power of Movement


I began running many years ago as an attempt to lose weight. It worked, but it also opened up a new world for me into the power of movement. My love for running has grown over the years, so much so that it has become a focus of reading and research in...

[The Listserve] A Canon of Cannons


"The Anecdote: It is a perverse moment during international conflicts when domestic structures are disassembled for a state’s own munitions. The year 1789 witnessed the melting of the bells of Notre Dame to make cannon. After the 1939 World’s Fair in...

[The Listserve] Last Time I Was In Napa


Skipping the Napa story: onto diving. I highly suggest everyone give diving a shot, at least once. I'm glad I did. I've never been a water person. When I was younger, my older sister was an avid swimmer. She was good at it. As all younger si...

[The Listserve] Musings of a (awakened) doctor


"At the completion of my medical training, I opted for a hiatus - to pursue personal goals, psychologically re-group and re-discover purpose. I was no longer facing the busyness of clinic, the exhaustion of long surgeries, nor the hoops through which...

[The Listserve] Challenge of the Day


Hello Listserve World! My challenge for you today: Think of someone, or a group of people, who you disagree with, or get really frustrated by. Got it? Now take a moment to think about how they got to where they are. Why might they believe th...

[The Listserve] Albuquerque. See, I can do it too. Snorkel!

Michael Someck

When I was 12, I was accused of cheating on a science test. I vehemently denied the accusation, but, truth is, I was looking at the paper next to me. I had never cheated before that, nor did I ever cheat after that. I don’t know why, but I figured telli...

[The Listserve] Follow your passions


Hi, everyone. I’m Sam. I could go with the cliche of, “I can’t believe I won!”, but statistically speaking, it was bound to happen at one point or another. However, it seems like the Listserve knows exactly when to drop that email in your lap: when a mu...

[The Listserve] loopdeloops that twice twice

Steve Geluso

Shout out to my fellow fleshy Listserve readers Joel, Elizabeth and Gattuso! If it's true that there's currently 22,082 subscribers on this thing then there's got to be people I know reading this that I don't know are reading this. There's also got t...

[The Listserve] What would you do?


I lost my job this week. At first I was sad and angry, but now I've decided to see it as a rare opportunity. I've saved up enough not to work for 3-4 months, but I need your help with the next part: If you could pause your life right now and take 4 mont...

[The Listserve] Living in 100 Sq. Ft.

Living in 100 Sq. Ft.

"It is our 1 year anniversary of living in a van. And our 4 year anniversary of dating. I, a daughter of traditional ""get married first"" parents and my boyfriend decided to live in a van before continuing our studies. Our reasoning meshed well, I coul...

[The Listserve] Vote, Bike, Write

Ben Trevino

Like everyone else on the listserve, I've wondered since joining what I would write about if I was ever selected. A big part of me hoped that I would never have to figure that out. But now it seems like it's time to rise to the occasion. A brief...

[The Listserve] Poetry is Not for Wimps

Chad Parenteau

That's a saying I used for years. I say it far less nowadays. I am the host of a weekly poetry series; I'm having a good time hosting it again, after years of wondering what exactly I was doing with it. The founder of the 45 year venue died over five ye...

[The Listserve] The Power of the Mind

Maureen O'Hanlon

My story has to do with the power of the mind. A while back I was invited to my 10- year high school reunion but couldn’t go. They did, however give everyone the opportunity to send in a bio and updated information they then put together in a booklet....

[The Listserve] Memetic prevalence debates


Once upon a time there was a Sparrow who lived with her fellow sapient animals in the woods outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. One day in October, it started to get very cold, and Sparrow's friend Salamander died of hypothermia. Sparrow was very sad about th...

[The Listserve] What are Tomorrow's Cities Like?

Raynell C

In the decades following World War II, America was very, very bad at planning cities. There were some visionary ideas and grand designs, but from the epidemic of urban freeways that cut scars across downtowns to the often-poorly executed massive ""urban...

[The Listserve] Melon and the multiverse

Dan Brown

Hi Listserve, I’m writing to you in the early morning. My 2 year old son has spent the last hour rolling around on my head calling for melon until I finally relented and stumbled to the kitchen to fix him a bowl. The sky is lightening and the early m...

[The Listserve] HTJI

Ellen Peters

I'd like to take this opportunity to say hello to Jason Isaacs. Ellen Peters West Chester, PA Apatheticalto@gmail.com

[The Listserve] Designing Lives with Context Awareness

Adam James

I’m really fascinated with context aware design. I’m sure you’re all familiar with responsive design, yeah? Design that adjusts to the size of your screen. Well, context aware design is when the device considers the context in which it's placed, like...

[The Listserve] She was a Vixen when she went to school

Emily Calle

On March 3, 2015, within the space of a single hour, I was gut-punched by loss, twice. We had taken our dog, whom we'd had for over 14 years, to be put down. He was a wedding gift from my husband to me. He was our ""baby"" before we had babies, and w...

[The Listserve] I'm talking to YOU.. yess, you!

Pia D

My name is Pia Davis, & I want you to know I exist. I’m 27 years old, & in this moment in time I am I’m sitting in my apartment in West LA, gazing out the window, wondering what all of you are doing right now, & where in the world you might be. It’s...

[The Listserve] Growing Pains & Lemonade


Wise philosophers of the past and present, from Elbert Green Howard to Beyonce have taught us that when life gives us lemons, you should make lemonade. I'm currently trying to make lemonade and I'm failing spectacularly! I recently moved to Botswana fro...

[The Listserve] Micro Adventures for the Curious Introvert


The bus - nearly any city bus - has seen more than your 84-year-old grandmother that used to dance alongside Chita Rivera. Most of us city-dwellers ride solo, but the curious introvert never feels alone. You distract yourself from the fact that you’re h...

[The Listserve] I kill people for money...

James Moran

...Okay, not real people - I'm a writer-director for film and TV. So I've killed a LOT of people on screen. There's more to the job than that, but if anyone is going to complain about something you've made, it's usually a death scene, either for the gor...

[The Listserve] Sugar, Asbestos, Lead, Tobacco, Fossil Fuels and Plastics

Brett Aho

A lot of you probably saw recent news stories outlining how the sugar industry manipulated science in order to shift the blame to fat for causing the collective deterioration of America’s cardiovascular health. This is not as new or shocking as you migh...

[The Listserve] Micro Adventures for the Curious Introvert

Becca S

The bus - nearly any city bus - has seen more than your 84-year-old grandmother that used to dance alongside Chita Rivera. Most of us city-dwellers ride solo, but the curious introvert never feels alone. You distract yourself from the fact that you’re h...

[The Listserve] I Guess You Can Say I’m A Hackathon Enthusiast

Pedro Queiros

I don’t know how many hackathons I’ve participated in. But I know how many I’ve won. Four — in a row. After I won the first one, I don’t know, I must have awakened some kind of code, because I haven’t lost one since. Maybe it’s because I’m competitive. ...