In the first part of this article, Lisa Hayes recounted the years from when her brother first began using opiates to the time at which he became homeless.When my brother Dale “D.J.” Stafford was little, he was ornery. He always looked for thrills, and my parents and I were constantly saving him from himself.Our road was busy with beach traffic and traffic from concrete trucks. He wasn’t the most graceful child, and he loved those trucks.
We all struggle wondering why they don’t choose us, but that’s not it. The demons of addiction are so overwhelming and so strong, sometimes our loved ones just stop fighting, I think.My brother, Dale “D.J.” Stafford, was a kind, loving soul. When he died, he was alone with his dog Toby in a house where he had rented a room. No one reported his death for hours.D.J.’s death spiral started long before any of us knew.
It’s human nature. We tend to believe our own thoughts even when they don’t prove themselves to be accurate. We’re wired that way. I’m not a big fan of black and white judgments about what’s a lie and what isn’t. Generally speaking, I’m not terribly invested in the “truth.” The truth is very, very fluid. Almost everyone lies, at least to themselves. Hell, from moment to moment what’s true can change for any one person at any time.
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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)
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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".