Thirty-four years ago in mid-December, I sat staring at the dying Christmas tree. We’d bought it at Thanksgiving, tying it to the top of our tiny Ford Escort and hauling it 300 miles from Birmingham, Ala., where my brother lived, to Perry, Ga. My husband growled when I told him I wanted to do this. Surely there were Christmas trees in Georgia, probably a corner lot right near our house. But my eight-month’s swollen belly told him he had better comply.
I’ll admit to the butterflies swirling inside me as Bill, our new friend-priest, wrapped our right hands with my scarf. It was our wedding anniversary, and my husband, Rick, and I stood at the altar of a small chapel high above Portofino, Italy, with Bill staging a recreation of the marriage blessing, the closing prayer of the rite we celebrated 36 years ago. Nobody spoke. Someone snapped a picture. I giggled as fellow tourists took their seats and watched.
We didn’t expect the puppies. What seemed like a dozen greeted us untethered – terriers, beagles and hounds, some of them breed-unidentifiable. I looked around at this garden of pups, and the whole place burst with pink, blue and green. Flowers spilling from large bins framed aqua sheds where people in blue T-shirts scurried in and out, handing over more puppies and dogs to waiting families. Janis, her rescue name, was somewhere on the property, waiting to meet us.
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".