I crave structure. Clear boundaries and expectations are my jam. No surprises, please. I thrive in routine and seeing how all the pieces of the day will fit together. Remove this helpful scaffolding and I get fussy, restless and start to act out. I am a 43-year-old toddler. Enter summer. She arrives with promises of fun and freedom from routine and schedules; we can do whatever we please! She represents the opposite of everything I hold dear.
We are far enough removed from the school year and the day of our parenting fail to talk about it here as adults — gracious, supportive and understanding adults. Last month we signed on a house. We were so excited to begin the process of owning a home but also coming down off a few days of wrestling out our budget, answering a flurry of texts and phone calls, weighing the pros and cons, and finally concluding this was the house we wanted. We were in.
All three of my kids take after my husband. I love seeing the resemblance and traces of him in their features. Our youngest son, Davey, could be his twin when comparing pictures from the same age. I’ve long given up hope of finding a hint of me in my kids’ eyes or smiles; I’m simply not there. I produced three Mini-Me's of their dad. I have learned to accept this.
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
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
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".