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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years.
She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had been a student of Norman Rockwell.
Her art in a wide variety of media can be seen on her YouTube video, "Visionary Artist Meryl Ann Butler on Creativity and Joy" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcGs2r_66QE
A NYC native, her response to 9-11 was to pen an invitation to healing through creativity, entitled, "90-Minute Quilts: 15+ Projects You Can Stitch in an Afternoon" (Krause 2006), which is a bestseller in the craft field. The sequel, MORE 90-Minute Quilts: 20+ Quick and Easy Projects With Triangles and Squares was released in April, 2011. Her popular video, How to Stitch a Quilt in 90 Minutes with Meryl Ann Butler can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrShGOQaJQ8
She has been active in a number of international, arts-related projects as a citizen diplomat, and was arts advisor to Baltimore's CIUSSR (Center for Improving US-Soviet Relations), 1987-89. She made two trips to the former USSR in 1987 and 1988 to speak to artists, craftpeople and fashion designers on the topic of utilizing the arts as a tool for global wellbeing. She created the historical "First US-Soviet Children's Peace Quilt Exchange Project" in 1987-88, which was the first time a reciprocal quilt was given to the US from the former USSR.
Her artwork is in collections across the globe.
Meryl Ann is a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and has been building labyrinths since 1992.
"Creativity and Healing: The Work of Meryl Ann Butler" by Burl Hall is at
Burl and Merry Hall interviewed Meryl Ann on their BlogTalk radio show, "Envision This," at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this/2013/04/11/meryl-ann-butler-art-as-a-medicine-for-the-soul
She has written for Opednews since 2004. Archived articles www.opednews.com/author/author1820.html
Older archived articles, from before May 2005 are here.,
Turning 60: Desperately Seeking Something (29 comments)
The last thing I remember, Abbie Hoffman was telling me not to trust anyone over 30. Now, not only am I over 30 - WAY over - but all my kids are over 30. So when the big 60th birthday stared me down, I knew I had to do something before I became tragically and terminally unhip. Series: Rites of Passage
Monday, August 4, 2014
Gazing on Gaza (11 comments)
"Gaza is the world's largest open-air prison. Even calling the action against Palestinians in Gaza a war seems lacking in description. A war implies some equality in combat. What is happening in Gaza is a massacre by one of the world's most powerful armies, abetted by the silence of western nations." - Dennis Kucinich Series: Dennis Kucinich
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Relentless Two-Year-Old Sinkhole Still Swallowing the Bayou
August 3rd marks the 2-year anniversary of the discovery of the now-famous Bayou Corne sinkhole in Louisiana, the result of a Texas Brine salt dome failure. Ongoing work on the sinkhole gets halted regularly during increased levels of seismic activity. More than 350 people have been forced out of their homes since August 2012. The sinkhole continues to enlarge as it swallows more and more of the bayou environs. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole
The Healing Power of the Circle: World Labyrinth Day, May 3 (11 comments)
Labyrinths are walked for many reasons: to lower stress, create ceremony, pray or meditate and to promote wellbeing. World Labyrinth Day is an annual global event celebrated on the first Saturday in May. It was founded by The Labyrinth Society, which invites the world to "Walk As One at 1" as a way to co-create a wave of peaceful energy surrounding the planet. Series: Labyrinths
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Announcing Uppity Women Wednesdays at OEN (12 comments)
OEN enthusiastically announces a new feature, "Uppity Women Wednesdays," a first-Wednesday-of-the-month posting of a story about an uppity woman or two, selected by author Vicki León from one of her books. In this introduction, we celebrate with two exciting stories of inspiring young American Revolutionary horsewomen. Series: Sheros, Interviews, HERstory (View All Series)
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Ideas Worth Suppressing: Psi Wars and TED's Worst Nightmare (68 comments)
TED censored two TEDx videos that questioned the materialistic assumptions of modern science. Censorship was apparently based on the recommendations of an anonymous board. A group of Ph.Ds and MDs are now protesting TED’s actions as well as their seeming disregard for transparency. TED also similarly revoked a contract for a TEDx event just 2 weeks before the event. Craig Weiler explores the issues in his book Psi Wars. Series: Quantum Sciences, Toxic Patriarchy
Move Over, Monet: Quilt Art is Fine Art (20 comments)
As quilts evolve into greater acceptance as a fine art medium, more and more quilts are featuring the pictorial compositions that combine traditional art skills with textile techniques, like many of the examples shown in this article. The 25th annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, the largest quilt event on the East Coast, will be held Feb. 27 - Mar. 2, 2014, in Hampton, VA. Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts
How a WW2 Twist of Fate Saved my Dad (22 comments)
A 90-year-old World War 2 veteran's surprising story of love, luck and service. Also included: a list of free food and services offered to vets on Veteran's Day. Series: Veterans
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race of 2013 (4 comments)
The government may be back in business, but the big news on the outskirts of DC is the 24th Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. The race started at approximately 1400 (that's 2 pm for you landlubbers) on Oct. 17, when the first warning gun was fired just south of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Schooners are sailing an historical route, 127 knots from Baltimore, MD to Portsmouth, VA. Series: Nautical & Maritime
Petition: Shut Down Paychecks for Congress (11 comments)
Congress should NOT get paid during a self-inflicted government shutdown. It is morally reprehensible that hardworking federal employees will stop receiving the paychecks they need to feed their families and pay their mortgages, while Congress still gets paid for refusing to do the job they were elected to do.
Keystone XL: The Truth in 90 Seconds (11 comments)
A $1 million, four-part TV ad series designed to educate the public about the Keystone XL pipeline started airing on Sept. 8. The first 90-second segment is entitled "Who Profits From Keystone XL?" NextGen Climate Action founder Tom Steyer, an investor and advanced energy advocate, says, "Here's the truth: Keystone oil will travel THROUGH America, not TO America."
Innovative Electric Drive System Has Only One Moving Part (17 comments)
A new scooter will be available by the end of the year with a proprietary electric drive system that has only one moving part. Unlike modern internal combustion engines, it has no gears, clutches, spark plugs, filters, belts, or oil and it doesn't need tune-ups.
Residents Run From Risks as Bayou Corne Sinkhole's Protective Berm Sinks
A portion of the berm around the unprecedented sinkhole in Bayou Corne, built to keep contaminated water from the sinkhole from seeping into the surrounding bayou area, is now underwater. On Monday June 4, about 400' - 500' of the berm apparently sank approximately six feet. Some residents who have stayed through the ordeal since August 4, 2012, are now leaving. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Married, Living Apart Couple Makes Hollywood Debut (5 comments)
Lise and Emil Stoessel keep their 29-year marriage together by living apart. Lise, author of "Living Happily Ever After -- Separately" shares their adventures as guests on a daytime talk show in Hollywood in this exclusive interview.
Path of Peace and Magic: World Labyrinth Day, May 4 (23 comments)
May 4th, 2013 is the 5th annual World Labyrinth Day (WLD) and people all around the world will participate by walking labyrinths. An initiative of The Labyrinth Society (TLS), World Labyrinth Day is celebrated every year on the first Saturday in May. You can particpate! Series: Labyrinths
Breaking: New Photos, Video of Mayflower Spill and Lake Conway (12 comments)
On April 12, On Wings Of Care (OWOC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wildlife, wild habitat, and natural ecosystems, flew over ExxonMobil's Pegasus Pipeline spill in Mayflower, AR to take photos.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Experts Called in to Tackle Bayou Sinkhole Devastation (2 comments)
The 8-month old, continually growing sinkhole in Bayou Corne, Louisiana, is an unprecedented ecological event. Gov. Jindal called for the creation of a Blue Ribbon Committee to "provide science-based recommendations for public safety in the Bayou Corne area." The Blue Ribbon Commission Initial Technical Briefing was offered on April 5, at LSU. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole
UN Marks 1st Internat'l Day of Happiness March 20 (8 comments)
The initiative to declare a day of happiness came from the Kingdom of Bhutan -- a country whose Gross National Happiness Index takes the view that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of well-being. Series: Positivity
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Sum Pi in the Sky on 3.14 (10 comments)
It's irrational! March 14, 2013, is the 25th anniversary of Pi Day.
Pi Day, (3.14) was founded by San Francisco's Exploratorium physicist and "Prince of Pi," Larry Shaw. This year's celebration includes synchronized aircraft skywriting the first 1,000 numbers of Pi.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Over 90 "Micro" Earthquakes Overnight at the Bayou Corne Sinkhole (8 comments)
Assumption Parish Police Jury reported that more than 90 "micro earthquakes" had occurred in the Bayou Corne sinkhole area overnight, calling it a "'spasmodic burst' which occurred at 1:34 am" on March 13. The report continued, "In addition, there were several observable long periods (VLP) events recorded on seismic monitor LA12. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole