The block from Prairie Avenue to Calumet Avenue outside St. Columbanus Catholic Church takes barely a minute to walk. "But it's a world of difference," Father Matt O'Donnell said as he made the short trek from from one street to the other on Thursday. The day was hot and windy, and along Prairie Avenue — the more peaceful side of the grand old brick-and-stone South Side church — dozens of volunteers in red shirts were committing a radical act.
You just spent months complaining about the cold. Now it's hot. Simmer in it. Stew in it. Luxuriate in sweat. December will be back as fast as you can say, "Let it snow." In the icy, drab days of January, it may be defensible to let your yard or porch look like the county dump. But now you and your neighbors are out and about. The snow has melted. There's no more defending or disguising all that junk. If your mess is visible to anyone outside your household, clean it up.
Here's a Father's Day salute to all the good men who don't have children. I know several who qualify, and all of them help hold the world together. One is a man named Michael, who at 40 married a woman slightly older. He would have enjoyed having kids and he would have been a great father, better than his own father was, I'd wager, but the universe had different plans. What he's done instead is to be a good husband, a good friend, a good sibling and a good influence on other people's kids.
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".