When we work on an area, I want to get to the bottom of its use. For example, a kitchen is not just a kitchen, it serves multiple functions. Kitchens are often where bills are paid, where kids do homework, where card games are played and where company is entertained. When people organize, they focus just on the kitchen as a place to cook and don't look at its broader purposes.When I am taken into a spare bedroom full of clutter, the homeowner has a tough time defining what the space is used for.
Looking back, I realize I had a fantasy going on. The schedule was too rigid; I was raising children not soldiers. Here are some of the exciting things I planned for us:We will have well-balanced meals three times a day. I even bought some special dishes to help us with our portions. Reality: I should have bought stock in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Now the thought of that meal makes my stomach turn. I served a lot of it, and often without a side of a fruit or veggie.We will have only healthy snacks.
Here are a few of the lessons that I learned:• When your mom isn't home, keep the door locked and don't answer it. The cat didn't even knock; he just let himself in. To this day, if I am home alone, I don't like to answer the door.• Listen to the fish. The fish is the mature one. Yes, I see myself as the fish. The one who keeps reminding the cat that he is naughty. The fish kept wanting the cat to leave. No one heard the fish.• Be careful what you wish for.
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".