[The Listserve] So much of what you are is where you’ve been


"I have been to wonderful places and around great people. Thank you all for being around. Really excited about the time to come. Hello world, Everyone has a to-do list. Few just keep it restricted to self, others write it down somewhere so that ...

[The Listserve] 6 days ago, I had never heard of The Listserve.

Paul Tanenholz

However, 5 days ago, my brother sent me an email telling me that had “won” The Listserve recently. He sent me a copy of the message that was distributed to all 20K+ of you. I thought that the concept was cool (and I thought his entry was very funny) s...

[The Listserve] I'm losing something I love, and that's okay.

Adam Hageman

"Every Wednesday, I drive a hundred miles so that I can surround myself with the people I love. We're welcomed at a nondescript door with a crisp high-five, then we pack ourselves through to the back room of a comic book store. Sitting shoulder-to-shoul...

[The Listserve] 7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life


"Hi from France all ! When I read this article two years ago, I thought ""If I win this listserve thing I just subscribed to, I need to share this"". Why ? Because I love all the urban legends or stories behind Bill Murray, how he crashed in parties ...

[The Listserve] Old Age: How I feel being so old…

Brad Batt

"I can’t believe I won The Listserve! I hope each of you enjoy what I’m sharing below as much as I enjoy reading what the rest of you share each day. Feel free to connect online…I love meeting interesting and cool people…I’m @bradbatt almost everywhere....

[The Listserve] happy recommendations


"Hi all, I couldn’t have been selected to win the listserve at a less opportune moment. Three months ago, a year ago, or even a year from now I think I would have had many charming, insightful things to send to the many of you who enjoy reading these...

[The Listserve] Wasted Time

Brady Rainey

"I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life so I really wasted a few years after high school working a factory job and playing World of Warcraft. I eventually found programming and now I'm graduating this December with my Bachelor's. Now that I'...

[The Listserve] Death, Dying, and Other Cheery Topics


My grandfather died this summer. When I saw the body, I immediately thought "that's not him". The makeup was the wrong color. It didn't look like him. His hand felt plasticky. Something was missing. Where was the twinkle in his eye as made sarcastic jok...

[The Listserve] Immigrant stories


01. A made up language When I was about 3, I started learning to read and asked my older brother to help out. We loved to hang out together, the dynamic being him trolling me at every step and me getting frustrated while trying to get my revenge. Dur...

[The Listserve] in the belly of the beast-Washington DC

Frances's grandson

Politics in the USA is a circus in a cesspool. The circus is the clowns you get as candidates for public office-the cesspool is the money that sloshes around and floats the whole system. The Koch brothers and other assorted 1% worthies intend to use ...

[The Listserve] Food Recommendation


If you're ever in New York City, check out Lucha Lucha in Bed Stuy. Turtle USA

[The Listserve] Shetland Ponies and Shetland People

John Coutts

You may have heard of Shetland Ponies, Shetland Sheepdogs, and perhaps Shetland Fair Isle knitting. They all originate in Shetland, a group of 100 small islands, 16 of which are inhabited, in the far north of Scotland where I was born, and where I've li...

[The Listserve] Vet Med and a Broken Head

Lydia B.

It's kind of crazy that I win the listserve just a few days before my 18th birthday. I'm on the cusp of adulthood and definitely feeling some paranoia and anxiousness. My life is currently consumed by school, swimming, and stressing about college. I...

[The Listserve] Chicken Soup for the Body

Kelsey Yonce

Fall is finally upon us, so I thought you all might enjoy a cozy crock-pot recipe. It's healthy, delicious, and ridiculously easy: Chicken Tortilla Soup Ingredients: Three to four chicken breasts, frozen (chicken will overcook if it's not frozen ...

[The Listserve] Habitual Humility, Honesty and Happiness

Prasanna Vighne

Wow! I did not expect to win this lottery so soon - I joined Listserve only about 6 months ago! Writing something meaningful that resonates with thousands is a bit daunting, but equally exciting. So here we go. A little bit about me: I am in a happy ...

[The Listserve] A Christmas Memory

Ben Fuller

First before my story my brief PSA. Vaccinate yourself and your children. You're not only protecting yourself/child but all of the people who can't be vaccinated and are immunosuppressed. They don't cause autism. The most memorable, but saddening, h...

[The Listserve] Hypnosis

David Baumgold

I'm a hypnotist. Yes, really. A lot of people have a lot of misconceptions about hypnosis, so I thought I'd clear up a few things. 1. Hypnosis is a real thing. It has been extensively studied, documented, and scientifically verified. Do some Google s...

[The Listserve] 'Ndagukunda' means 'I Love You' in Kinyarwandan

Rachel G.

When I was 15 or 16, I remember sitting next to my mom on a plane getting ready to take off for Texas. We were visiting family friends, just the two of us, leaving my dad and brothers behind. My mom turned to me and said, "I'm so excited! This is the fi...

[The Listserve] Let’s Talk About Universal Basic Income

Peter Goodspeed-Niklaus

I can’t say I was expecting this: last time I won the listserve lottery, I wrote about how lucky I was to have been chosen only three years after joining. That was 15 months ago, and I assure you: the chance of winning twice in 4.5 years is even lower t...

[The Listserve] It Happened In The Frozen Food Aisle

Rachel Z Cornell

It happened in the frozen food section at my parent’s local supermarket. She could no longer keep up niceties. She was a woman melting down because she just wanted a frozen dessert. Cancer got the best of her while standing in front of the ice cream loo...

[The Listserve] Keep Moving

Maureen Barberio

This past spring, my younger son and his girlfriend took a trip to the Smoky Mountains where they rented a place and went hiking during the day. About a week after they got back home, the two of them, along with my older son, came over for dinner an...

[The Listserve] My Life as a Photograph

Abe Shenk

This is a picture of a growing city. In the foreground you can see a fading memory of the old green hills and a single browning patch of grass. Further in the distance, you see the solitary sliver of Golden Gate Park, desperately holding on to a city th...

[The Listserve] My five most life-altering moments


In chronological order: 1. The drummer from the high school band, a fellow sophomore named Garrett, approached me at lunch to ask if I wanted to get together and play some music that weekend. He knew that in addition the trumpet and keyboard I played...

[The Listserve] On Planning

Amanda Moss

I am an expert planner (self-proclaimed). I’ve been in training since I was a little thing. When my parents woke me in the morning, I would ask for the day’s plan before I even opened my eyes. By my freshman year of high school, I had it all figure...

[The Listserve] 2 easy ways to avoid being seen as an a-hole

Abby F.

1) When boarding an airplane, put your coat and your backpack/purse under the seat in front of you. If you put those items in the overhead compartment, onlookers will think you're an a-hole. 2) Stay to the right when driving on the highway - unless y...

[The Listserve] #NoFilter

Katie E. Auten

We often filter what we remember in a light that is positive for ourselves. Is that wrong? What if those memories were actually full of kind memories? What if someone’s favorite memory was something kind that you, a complete stranger, did to make their...

[The Listserve] Donald Trump Wins The Listserve!

David Tanenholz

"When the Listserve sends its emails, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending emails that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to you. They’re bringing spam. They’re bringing preachiness. They’...

[The Listserve] Turning my LEGO passion into a living

Martin Storbeck

Maybe everyone had this idea: Quit your job and make a living from whatever you like best. Many people like their comfort zone, though they don’t give it a try. I like my comfort zone too, but I try nonetheless… I have not quit my job (yet) but reduced ...

[The Listserve] Jesus was an Astral Traveller


“And that’s what the Bible is: an astral story; a very groovy astral story, at one level anyway. It’s a good astral story, but illusions are illusions.” I saw that printed on a poster for a show here in town several years ago, and it made me chuckle ...

[The Listserve]  "The Gypsy Who Loved Me"

Dr. Beatz

A lifetime of pain condensed into a few weeks, released as eyes open to what has been in front of me the whole time. Winning the list serve was no surprise. It was the final piece of recovery from my darkest hours yet. There are no coincidences. 3 ...