* Editor’s note: Debra is on vacation. This column first ran in September 2017. The first time I heard someone speaking Spanish in public, I’d just started college in Davis and went to a shoe store in Woodland to get some cool but cheap platform sandals (it was the ’70s, man). I heard two women chatting in Spanish in the next aisle and this was so novel to me, I had to peek around the corner to see it with my own eyes. Hmmm. Just two ladies looking for shoes. Just like me.
Winters resident Marlene Bell was among the recipients of the 2017 Women of the Year Awards, presented by Congressman John Garamendi. Each year, Garamendi recognizes outstanding women in his Congressional District, of which Winters is a part. The honorees are nominated by their peers and demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities through leadership and dedication to public service. The awards were presented on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Woodland Community College.
On Monday, I reached a major life milestone: a Big Birthday, one that ends in “0.” But not mine. My daughter’s. And that makes it ever so much bigger. My baby is turning 30! My youngest! How can this be! Cognitive dissonance rattles my brain. I’m certain she was 12 just a couple weeks ago, and newborn only days before that. It’s odd how at midlife, something that occurred 30 years ago simultaneously feels like an eon ago and five minutes ago.
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".