I was in the fifth grade when I discovered that bananas were yellow. A Kroger store opened in town and my mother carried us down there to see it. It was mind-blowing. Living in rural Alabama communities in the 1950s, the bulk of our food came from big gardens, or “truck patches,” via the freezer or a Mason jar. And somebody in the family would kill a hog or a fatted calf and we would go in on it. But our store-bought food came from Mr. Collie's or from Uncle Luster's country store.
This red state-blue state business has disrupted the traditional even-handed relationship between the states and the federal government. Politics is one thing, but we can't have two governments. How is it that half the population lives in states where marijuana is legal while the federal government puts it in the same Schedule I category as heroin, cocaine and LSD?
The kids are all back in their homes and normal life has resumed. It was the in-laws' turn for all three couples, and they were dispersed to Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Mississippi. On Christmas Day it was just the wife and me at home. It gave me time to reflect on holidays past. I remember my first Christmas alone. I spent it sitting on a bunker in Vietnam on guard duty. I remember feeling sorry for myself, but I also felt more like an adult than I ever had.
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".