My family did not own a funeral parlor. Nor did we live in war-torn Iraq or Syria, nor in Dublin when “The Troubles” plagued Ireland. We were raised in relatively peaceful south suburban Chicago. But the fact that there were six brothers, all born in the span of eight years, made us a uniform-looking squad of just the right number for ferrying the deceased to their final resting place. Funeral rites were important for both sides of the family.
I was 9 when I trapped a foot-long garter snake in a shoe box. I tied a string around its head, hung it from my mother’s clothesline, and stuck two straight pins into its body. Then I watched as it twisted and writhed. Recalling the incident today, I feel shame and repulsion. But back then, I thought what I did was expected. Snakes were evil. It was a serpent, after all, that tricked Adam and Eve into committing original sin, which started all the world’s troubles.
I do, however, love this country and the ideals to which it aspires. But not the crumbling parchment on which its principles and laws are written.I cherish the land, the mountains, woods, and waters from which I derive inspiration and joy. But not paper maps of 13 colonies or 50 states, their borders in ink arbitrarily drawn.And I revere other human beings: American people, family, friends, neighbors, citizens, immigrants, and members of the military who have fought and died for us all.
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".