I was moving books from my bookcase at home to my office. One fell out of the stack. It was an anthology of love poems. Some of the most famous poets of the past few hundred years were represented. I read a few while trying to make sense of the many stacks of books. The love poems made me remember a book from the Bible that is about beauty and sensuality as a pathway and metaphor toward God’s love. The Biblical book is called Song of Solomon or Song of Songs.
All summer I have been asking my wife Michelle if she would come with me to see the movie “Dunkirk.” Well finally when the temperature was 109 degrees, our house has no air conditioning we made it, along with every other person in the county. Movies cut a window into our culture and our lives. Throughout cinema history stories told on film have the ability to lift the human condition when we are confronted with the depth of love, shame, regret, or pride.
I just finished reading Angela Duckworth’s 2016 book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” She has some deep and fascinating insights on the keys of individual success and accomplishment. In her book she discusses the “Grit Test” that she created after years of research. I finished her book and I decided to take the test. The “Grit Test” is a window into our own ability to find passion in our life and persevere when we fail or have setbacks.
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".