My first response was that I didn’t have one. I’ve always balked at the idea of setting a resolution and even when I have come up with something, I usually end up trashing the idea come February. But her words had me thinking … there is something about starting a new year that makes me reflect on the past twelve months, become more aware of my mid-life age, and what the new year may have in store. After some thought, I told my Zoe that I changed my mind. I did have a New Year’s resolution.
On day two of our hunting trip in west Texas, one of the ladies at the ranch, Terri, led us down a winding dirt road to see the Carmelite Sisters at Carmel of Our Lady of Grace. These ladies are called to “pursue the contemplative life by standing in the presence of the living God as the Prophet Elijah did, and living in deep union with Christ Jesus in imitation of Mary.”When we first arrived at the beautiful monastery, we were met by Sister Mary Grace.
I won a Browning A-Bolt at the last Coastal Conservation Association banquet here in Columbus. We picked up a couple of raffle tickets after coming in the door. I honestly didn’t expect my name to be called. It was getting late and my husband, Will, suggested we head home. He agreed to stay when I asked if we could stay and hear the rest of the winners since there were only about three items left. “The last item goes to Michael Stock,” the announcer read.
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 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
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".