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There's a relatively new magazine being printed called "BBC Knowledge," and we have a subscription at the library beginning with the Jan/Feb 2010 issue. It caught my eye because it seems to be right up my alley, containing interesting articles on nature, science and history -- great for reading material while on breaks at work. Some go in depth while others are just did-you-know?-type tidbits, and it's also visually appealing. My complaint? I have never encountered a magazine so poorly edited! There are lots and lots of spelling and grammatical errors that should have been caught by a proofreader. Kind of disappointing to see in something professionally published, and by a name as big as the BBC. Yes, I am a bit of a language freak, but I will continue reading anyway while grinding my teeth.

Since becoming a mother I've noticed that my reaction to babies and hearing about babies has changed in a curious way. It's not surprising that hearing a baby's cry would trigger a response of wanting to comfort and calm the baby (even if it's not my own). What's also interesting is that simply reading a story or newspaper article about something awful that happened to a baby triggers a feeling of panic in me. I'm guessing the panic is stemming from the idea that something so terrible could also happen to my baby. It makes sense, but it feels strange because it wasn't my baby.

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