In the fall of 2010, I drove to the house my mother grew up in—the house where I waited while she died. I headed east on Lapeer and turned left onto Eckles. The gravel crunched under the tires and I continued on until I passed the train tracks and rounded the corner where the road becomes Kitchen. There it was on the left, just beyond the clearing. The painted white brick was weathered and the green shingles on the roof were worn. The house was a familiar ghost, both haunting and beautiful.
I’m dating again. I met him in the spring, a few months after my 10-year marriage dissolved. I wasn’t looking — a mutual friend introduced us. I had walked the block from my new apartment to the old one I had shared with my former husband to take advantage of the washer and dryer before the lease was up at the end of the month. I sat on the kitchen counter in the empty space and my friend texted met: “What are you doing tonight? Do you want to come to PS122’s Spring Gala?
It was a year ago today that my marriage ended. I told my friends I didn’t see it coming, and maybe I didn’t — or maybe I didn’t want to. Looking back, I can see the cracks, and the ways I put my hands over them to shield myself from what I didn’t know how to begin to process. But the chasm had been growing for some time and on that night, January 19, 2017, I would be asked to begin to untangle my life from his.
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".