Birthdays and anniversaries are times for celebration and reflection. 2017 marked the 150th anniversary of the British North America Act. The Act brought about the union of four British colonies and laid the blueprint for today’s Canada. Celebrations occurred across the country. Protests also occurred as Indigenous Peoples claimed celebrations glossed over the historic abuses against them and ignored the longer history stretching back for millennia.
Volunteering at Chocal, a women’s chocolate-making cooperative in Altamira just outside of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic was one the Impact activities I participated in as part of a one-week Fathom cruise. Fathom is a new kind of cruise, “combining love of travel with your desire to make a difference.” While docked for three days in the Dominican Republic, passengers have the opportunity to volunteer and help in a variety of community development initiatives.
A cliché is described as “a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.” Clichés are useful in that they convey emotion and character that is instantly recognizable. But because they are so overused and recognizable, they lose nuance and become boring. Writers are advised to avoid them. There is another version of cliché which can creep into writing. Clichéd human reactions and feelings. Watching the clock when anxious or impatient.
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".