The passage of time is getting to me again. It just seems like the more it passes, the faster it goes. My youngest grandchild is now in basic training in the Army. Seems like only yesterday that my son-in-law called to tell me that the expected little girl we were waiting for would need a different name than the one they had picked out. Sometimes, those ultrasounds don’t get it quite right.
Disasters like the one happening down in Texas and Louisiana are not things we like to hear about. Nor are the forest fires that are so close to us. Or the potential for earthquakes and tsunamis. Or the sinkholes some communities are experiencing. Our reactions to the possibilities are what’s important. We can either hibernate, freaking out in fear of the potential trouble, or make common sense preparations and trust in God to see us through. Trust, and not be afraid to say so.
Close calls. We’ve all had them, sometimes surviving “by the skin of our teeth”....was it luck, or was it God? We’ve all seen those supposed miracle stories, often thinking, “You gotta be kidding, that’s just impossible.” And we’ve seen those exposures of fake healers that make it harder for us to believe the possibility of real ones. We have a close call, and think, “Boy, was I lucky.” But was it luck?
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".