Regular contributor to the Providence Journal, in Providence RI, USA and freelancer elsewhere (Keene Sentinel, NH,USA etc.)
Former radio talk host (13 years) on WPRO radio and TV host for AS SHE SEES IT on RI Public TV ( This featured an amazing all-female panel discussing weekly newstories. We l...
By Mary Ann Sorrentino
People who know of my passion for Italy ask what I like best there. They are hoping for a good restaurant referral, stories about a swim in Positano, visiting Michelangelo’s David in Florence, or a gondola ride in Venice — stereotypical scenes from movies. My must-see recommendations, however, have little to do with Perillo Tour highlights or five-star eats. Of course I have visited Italy’s historic sites.
As has become my habit, I am spending half my summer in Italy, a country where I enjoy dual citizenship and to which more than half my heart and soul belong. Though I still get teary at July 4 parades, I also weep every time the wheels go up on the plane that will take me back to the States.For more than 20 years, I have been coming here for ever-longer stays.
In a dorm room in Elmira, N.Y., I waited for the world to end. Everyone I loved was in Rhode Island. They were terrified, too: I heard fear in their voices when I finally got them on the pay phone (after waiting in a long line of nightgowned coeds, with rollers in their hair, some crying, some trying to reassure. )We had all watched the TV in the parlor of the three-story Tudor dormitory we called home.
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'
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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
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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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".