Of all the emotions known to man (and woman), none is more misunderstood, underrated and abused as that feeling we are wont to call "love. " It is at once a universal emotion and rare as hen’s teeth on Juan Fernandez Island. More often than not love is used to describe sexual attraction and infatuation which are nothing more nor less than physiological and biochemical reactions that nature planted in our genes to insure the survival of the species.
We have these two doves that consider our covered lanai their ancestral home. Last year they built two nests here, producing two families. They’re back again this year, despite our making their previous nesting places uninhabitable. But they manage to find a niche in the damnedest places. Really, we’re not anti-avian. We just don’t enjoy the mess created and constant flybys a foot or two above our heads. But such is instinct. And I’m quite sure they are the same pair – how’s that for fidelity!
When people reach the winter of their lives they tend to reminisce and/or mount a lectern and pontificate. (This is more a male thing, it should be said.) Too often, I fear, the latter inclination has dominated my occasional contributions to this space. While I’ve endeavored to do this in a for-what-it’s-worth fashion, there is no avoiding the residual impression that I have mastered all that I’ve surveyed. Not so. (Just ask my wife.) I don’t feel particularly guilty about this.
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".