This Fall, my college students and I are watching a movie together. We’re watching it as part of a course I’m teaching in Environmental Literature. The movie is “Dances with Wolves,” Kevin Costner’s epic of the American West. Based on the 1988 novel of the same name by Michael Blake, it won seven Academy Awards. It has been preserved in the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry, alongside such cinematic luminaries as “Casablanca,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and more.
Wasn’t the solar eclipse a whole heck of a lot of fun? I hope that, wherever you were, you had the chance to see it. Here in the mountains, just like everywhere else inside or near the “path of totality,” the build-up lasted for weeks. There came a point when the eclipse—plans for viewing it, what my town of Brevard, and the traffic here, might be like during it—was all anyone talked about.
The new school year has begun in communities big and small, for folks of all ages and walks of life, from all over our great and complicated land. By far, the scariest and most courageous thing I do as a human each year is to watch my children walk away from me in late August, and into school. However, we all know this to be true: you don’t get courage unless fear is also present. So, here’s to bucking up. To breathing deep. To being brave. To opening ourselves to new people and new things.
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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
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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".