A suggestion for easing time pressure

February 14, 2013

Buffer: Keep a Margin
Have you ever written something on notebook paper and ignored the margin lines so that you could crowd more in, even if it meant writing to the very edge? You’ve probably done the same thing on greeting cards. Sometimes we order our lives that same way, jamming one thing up against another until our schedules allow no space for the unplanned or unexpected (not to mention time for ourselves and those we care about). That’s why Julia Scatliff O’Grady says we need to practice “buffering.” What does she mean?  She explains it in this post from her blog, sharing material from her book, Good Busy: Productivity, Procrastination, and the Endless Pursuit of Balance, recently published by RCWMS Press, a project of our friends at the Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South. Julia writes: “Since February includes Valentine’s Day, I have been wondering whether buffer practice can be an act of love.” She might be on to something.  Let’s try it!

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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