Odd Company

Nancy Etchemendy
Is all this polarization getting to you? How can we learn to get along better, and maybe even come to like and respect some of those with whom we disagree? Follow along with me during my studies at the Applied Compassion Academy at Stanford.
Created 10 Feb 2021
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  • To Everything there Is a Season
    07 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Those of You I Don’t Yet Know — Welcome back to Odd Company! I hope everyone who celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday had a good one. I sure did. Ours was a small g...
  • Quick Thanksgiving Primer
    25 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Those of You I Don’t Yet Know — It occurred to me belatedly that a quick primer about how to avoid fisticuffs during the legendarily fraught afternoon and evening ...
  • The Social Contract
    24 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Those of You I Don’t Yet Know — As promised in yesterday’s noticeably brief edition of Odd Company, today’s issue has more to it, and is mainly about justice, the ...
  • Bittersweet Camels
    23 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Those of You I Don’t Yet Know — Boy, the last two weeks have passed with great alacrity! Even though the Applied Compassion class is now officially over, I’ve had ...
  • Endings but Not
    09 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Those of You I Don’t Yet Know — I had planned to take a week or two off from writing Odd Company. But Monday nights just don’t seem the same without it. Probably m...
  • Spilled Milk
    02 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 3 1
    Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Those of You I Don’t Yet Know — This week’s issue of Odd Company begins with “Beautiful Dawn,” performed by the Canadian folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys. They are one...
  • Kinder Hawks & Owls
    26 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 2 2
    Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Those of You I Don’t Yet Know — It was an eventful day in the neighborhood yesterday, as an enormous storm blew in from the Pacific. I was alarmed to see some of t...
  • It's Not Absolution
    19 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Those of You I Don’t Yet Know — I’ve had a couple of letters this week from readers who aren’t sure about Desmond Tutu’s claim that there is nothing that can’t be ...
  • Wildly Late
    12 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Those of You I Don’t Yet Know — Back from Reno, and I’m happy to report that Dad’s surgery went well. He and I had a good time looking at a book of photos of the t...
  • If I Needed You
    05 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Those of You I Don’t Yet Know — Tonight’s Odd Company will be another short one. I am in Reno with my parents, who are appreciative of a little extra support just ...
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