My new mantra for the new year is "slow living." More reading, less t.v.; more doodling and sketching, less Internet trances; more quiet sewing, hand stitching, knitting, less frenetic errand-running; more nature hikes, less Walmart and Target; more speaking French with my kids, less PBS kids. Perhaps my mantra is a bit of a chimera, given my three, almost four kids. Or maybe I'm just feeling really fat and slug-like in my seventh month of pregnancy. But I think this year I want to say the word: "hurry" less often. And truly enjoy my kids even more.