My mother was a wonderful gardener. So is my sister. I am the anti-Christ of plants. The cruel irony is I love nature. I love flowers and vegetables and growing living things. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing a beautiful garden, be it in someone’s backyard, a field of buttercups and daisies or in a formal setting. Going to the British Isles cemented my love for English country gardens. I listen with envy to gardening programs on the radio and watch snippets of garden segments on talk shows.
When I was six years old, my mother’s friend, Mrs. Yokohama, gave me a pair of brocade Zori sandals from Japan. They were my favourite thing in the whole world. I slid around the house, endlessly bowing to everyone, wishing with all my heart I could be Japanese. I’m happy to say I still have them, a little worse for wear, but still beautiful in my eyes. My next love affair with shoes happened when I was enrolled in tap dancing.
The word diet contains the word “die,” which is very apropos in my case since I will still be on a diet when I fade into that good night. I know this because I have been on a diet for almost a century now. I am the world’s leading expert on all things green and leafy. I blame my grandmother. I was taken from my mother when I was a newborn because she was too ill to look after me.
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 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
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".