Yesterday I had an adventure. To begin, I had to drive to San Francisco Veterans Administration Hospital for one of my periodic check-ups; except this check-up was a ‘Pre-op’. That is the term they use when they prepare you for a ‘procedure’. They take blood samples, blood pressure, x-rays and, and, in general, make sure you are in condition to survive their tender mercies (two weeks from now). It is a minor procedure, to make sure the cancer I had was really gone. Here’s why.
Last night Cleo reminded me that she and I have our own separate place under the sun. Cleo’s place is to be a cat. Mine is to write, be human, and help, or care for, Cleo. Cleo has always been, and she will continue to be a cat. I, on the other hand, she reminds me often, have a responsibility to write my stories and care for Cleo. Summer has been hot as hot as the Sahara Sand Dunes at high noon. One afternoon by two o’clock it was 115 degrees outside.
Of all of Abraham Lincoln’s speeches, this one may best typify the schism between the North and the South on the subject of slavery. Even today, 160 years later, we continue to be a country divided on the subject of equal rights for all persons. For these reasons, and because with a Trump presidency we may be more divided as a nation than we have been for decades, I include a remarkable Senate Debate and Lincoln’s speech.
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".