When I was a young boy growing up on Swift Street in Perry, I would lay on my back in the grass, place my hands together like I was getting ready to pray, then spread them slightly apart, looking upwards through them, and conjure images of fish, boats, mountains, dogs, mules and all manner of things until the clouds drifted away — just like so many things that I love about the South are doing today – drifting away.
My daddy gave me no bad advice and lots of good. One thing that he said to me more than once: “It’s a smart man who knows when to quit.” I’d like to say I always followed this wisdom, but for someone who served in Georgia’s General Assembly for 32 years and has written a weekly column for 16 and a half years (the Houston Home Journal for 13 and a half years and The Telegraph for three), saying that I know when to quit has a hollow ring.
It’s Tuesday night, August 8, and, frankly, I’m pretty miserable. What encourages me, though, is that I’ve been here before. I know that in four or five more days, it will be all right, but for now, I’m pretty miserable. Last Sunday afternoon, late, about 7 p.m., I decided I’d go and do a little “light” fishing. Nothing serious, but just cast a few times, and see if I could catch a bass or two. I started to take just one spinner, a pair of pliers, and two or three plastic worms.
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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)
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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
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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
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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".