Today is my mom’s birthday, and all week I’ve been struggling with what present to give her.Those January birthdays sure sneak up on you. The holidays are finally over, but then you realize you have to dig out the wrapping paper again.When I’m really organized, I buy an extra Christmas gift for Mom and hold onto it until Jan. 13. I didn’t remember to do that this year until we were sitting around the tree on Christmas morning and all the packages had been opened. Oops.
Fluffy white snow made Christmas 2017 a magical sight, but two weeks later, many folks are already pining for summer.Everyone, that is, except my neighbor “Jack.” He loves snow and dreams of moving to Erie, Pa. You see, Jack is the proud owner of a new, super deluxe snow blower.It must be some kind of primal instinct reaching back to prehistoric days, when humans dug paths from their caves to conquer the forces of nature.
The end of a year is a good time to take stock of the past 12 months.How can we summarize 2017? For certain there were tragedies and heartache, but the year also had lighter moments, like the fidget spinner fad, and rarities, such as the solar eclipse and a royal wedding announcement.For me, several days in 2017 were brightened by hearing from you. Many of you took the time to send an email or sit down with an actual pen and paper to share your thoughts about this column.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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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)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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