There’s very little I’ll stand in a long line for. Especially a line that’s not moving. I’ve done it two times for my older son, who lives in New York City. He has a job now and buys himself what he wants, which isn’t much and never has been. But twice there’s been something for sale in Asheville he couldn’t buy online. A Wicked Weed release and recently an East Fork Pottery seconds sale. Both times, I gladly went to do it because I have a hard time finding gifts for him. I give my time.
As we toss out the jack-o'-lanterns, I’m still thinking about what a fun evening of trick-or-treating it was. Once a reluctant participator in Halloween because of the fake gore and playing around about lots of things that really are scary, I’ve changed. Rather than whining about the traditions, I go with it and try to make good use of time with little people asking for candy. In the 30 seconds we interact, I notice some more than others. We have blink-long meaningful moments when I size them up.
Since birth my youngest son has been a brat about having his picture taken. Honestly, I don’t know how an infant could intentionally sabotage a photo op, but he did. Look away, grimace, close his eyes. As he became older, photos were blurry, couldn’t get him still. I feel a little bad that when he was sick, laying quietly in bed, I’d say, hurry, grab the camera. Friends of mine have gorgeous giant portraits of their kids hanging in their house.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".