Your field guide to paradise has a milestone coming up next month, and I want to invite you to help celebrate it. In October, our weekly sense-of-place magazine turns 15, so I'm hoping you'll send a gift. Or two. Or 15.
If ever there was a delicious reason not to judge a book by its cover (or a fruit by its skin), this is it. With none of the classic visual attributes of fruit palatability, roundness, redness or gloss (in fact, its genus name means "monster") this fruit looks like an odd, three-way cross between moldy corn, an alligator and a baseball bat.
It's not even close to over, but Caloosahatchee advocates are already reaching to find ways to describe just how bad a year it's been for the river. Last week, water managers and the wet weather presented them with a new milestone: 1 million acre feet of freshwater flows to the estuary.
Amy Bennett Williams has been covering a trial in federal court this week, which called to mind this essay she wrote about serving on a Southwest Florida jury in 2004. I could have been anywhere. Over me, tube lights buzzed. Below me, government-issue low-pile carpet stretched to pale matte walls.
A jury has acquitted Six Charlotte County jailers of violating the civil rights of a mentally ill prisoner who was pepper-sprayed, then strapped into a restraint chair and left for hours. "I was confident that we did not do what we were accused of and I'm very happy with the verdict," said Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell in a statement.
In terms of subtropical conversation pieces, pinecone ginger is about as perfect as it gets. First, there's the visual: decidedly, um, masculine, but covered with spirals of scalloped scarlet scales, pineapple-style.Then, there's the olfactory: a pungent sweetness with a peppery snap that will slowly fill a room if you place a few in a vase.
The federal trial of six Charlotte County jailers accused of pepper-spraying a prisoner with schizophrenia, then leaving him restrained and burning for hours, got underway this week. At issue is whether their treatment of Stephen McNeeley was cruel and unusual, in violation of McNeeley's Eighth Amendment rights.
Talk about a dream job (not for me, of course; I'm planning to simply drop in the traces here). How about spending all your working days on the Caloosahatchee and getting paid for it? Not only that, but with the priceless benefit of knowing that your career truly makes a difference - not just to your fellow humans, but this part of the planet.
Long ago, when Tropicalia was in its infancy, I'd occasionally get notes from a Sanibel woman named Sharon Corbett. In the sixth decade of her life, she was refining her understanding of who she was and what she wanted to do. Writing topped her list.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".