This past Tuesday, my social media feed lit up with photo after photo like the one above. In the midst of the terrible rainstorms in Southern California, this rainbow appeared. Each photo made me smile. You can’t look at a rainbow and not be happy! What I find so meaningful is that rainbows are both bridges and towers. They lift us and they ground us. They connect us as humans. They embrace us from heaven. They remind us of the promise to Noah.
A piece of fruit in hand. A slot machine behind me. Was I Zach in Vegas or Adam in the Garden of Eden? In the Torah, God commanded Adam, “The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil – you shall not eat from it.” (Genesis Chapter 2). I thought of this as I ate my fruit. Had I been warned in a similar way, “Do not go near those machines?” (Mom, Chapter 1). It really made me think. Human instinct compels our desire to reach beyond boundaries:When a baby crawls. When an adolescent defies.
I was in a restaurant last week and gazed at my up-side-down reflection against a concave spoon. I was looking forward and looking backward at the same time. It made me think about two questions as we enter 2018. 1) What did I do or see that brought meaning in 2017? 2) How will the world be better because of me in 2018? The questions are similar – but they are not the same. The first is about being reflective. The second is about creating purpose.
Here's the part of the text that scares me: "Unfortunately, not all have recognized the importance of religious freedom, whether by xxx or forcing people to comply with laws that violate their core religious beliefs without sufficient justification."
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".