I was 27, sitting at the kitchen table across from my wife, Mel, the first time I said, “I did the dishes for you.” Then I winked, seductively, as though I expected an award. Actually, I’d probably said something like that before about any number of domestic duties — to which my wife probably rolled her eyes or quietly seethed. But this time, about five years into our marriage and still adjusting to Mel being a stay-at-home mom, she called me out.
I am sickened, disgusted, and fed up. I call my legislators every day, and nothing changes. The NRA blood money keeps buying inaction. I lost it with the staffers today. On Monday, I’ve decided to become really scary. Here’s my plan:I’m going to call and tell them my name, address, and phone number as usual. I’m going to tell them I’m a second-grade teacher in Alpharetta, Georgia, and a mother of three. I’m going to sprinkle in all the niceties of living here.
It was about a month ago when I dropped my oldest off for her first day of kindergarten. Having been home with her and her 3-year-old brother for what felt like forever, I had quite a different reaction to dropping her off than most of the other moms there. They had watery eyes and sniffled into wadded-up tissues. Meanwhile, I poured champagne into Dixie cups for everyone in the pickup zone. Kidding.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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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)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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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
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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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".