Next week I will be starting a new research project and I've been musing about the sources that I'd like to use for my research. One source on my wish list is a business journal that I used to read twenty years ago. The subscription was pretty expensive but my company had a corporate subscription back then; so it was essentially free to me. I was always the first to grab each bi-monthly issue of the journal when it hit our mailbox. Of course, I know that I can't afford a subscription myself and I can't really justify asking my company to subscribe again just because I want to use it as a resource in the short-term. Though my company has an office just 20 miles from my home, I have spent almost the entirety of the last two years working from home. A week ago I was requested to come to the office to move my personal and business materials into another area to make room for remodeling work being done in the immediate area near my cubicle. I pushed back on that request and asked if I could delay by one week because of my then-current heavy schedule. Now fast forward to today - the day to which I'd delayed my office visit. As I was walking through our reception area, a lonely magazine sitting on the front desk caught my eye. I could tell even from a distant glance at the cover that it was in fact the same business journal I used to read 20 years ago. Recalling that I was just thinking about that journal in the past week, I thought I'd take a chance at grabbing it while no one is around, read it, and then return it to the reception area tomorrow. I picked it up and...that journal is in fact addressed to me. It is addressed to me and my new job title. Not having time to actually read the journal today, and recognizing that "stealing" it for a quick look is no longer a risk I have to take, I did peruse just the cover and...the lead article for this issue is the exact topic I will start researching next week. I guess my Guardian Angel works for the US Postal Service. [Editing to add too that...] This does not look like a complimentary journal issue; this looks to me to be a routine subscription. Sooner or later my interest will be especially peeked and I'll call the journal's subscription department to see if they can tell me how it is that I got this thing.