Note: This column was contributed by Cathy Wilkes. “Oh God, Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee.” — St. AugustineRecently, we were able to enjoy a cruise to Alaska. We made our way to Glacier Bay National Park, a highlight of Alaska’s Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site. The water was like glass and the air silent, except for the call of the many seabirds.
Note: This column was contributed by Rev. Rob Heffernan. If you are like me, you’re busy. I’ve got a family going back to school this fall, a profession that I’m passionate about, healthy habits I try to maintain (or not) and consequently the days are full. It also doesn’t help that we live in a culture that expects instant availability through various means at whatever time. Phew! And I know I am not alone in this experience.
“I don’t want to own anything that won’t fit into my coffin.” — Fred AllenCanadian author Leonard Griffith tells of a survey that was conducted around this question: “What do you consider to be your most important goal in life?” The most common answer by far was, “I want to prepare for a secure future, both for myself and my family.”Certainly no one would deny that, in the best sense of the word, security is a good thing. The problem is that many of us are looking for it in the wrong places.
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".