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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
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Creativity-and-Healing--T-by-Burl-Hall-130414-18.html

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.,

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Saturday, August 23, 2014     

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Aug. 24, 1814: The White House Ablaze, A True-Blue Matriot and a Red Dress
(8 comments) Two hundred years ago, on August 24, 1814, the British Army occupied Washington, D.C. and set fire to the White House and the Capitol. President James Madison narrowly avoided capture, and First Lady Dolley Madison made a valiant escape from the White House.
Series: HERstory, Sheros

Friday, August 22, 2014     

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Janet McKenzie: Sacred Art and the Feminine Spirit
(13 comments) Janet McKenzie's controversial painting, "Jesus of the People" was the first place winner of the National Catholic Reporter's global competition to identify an image of Jesus for the New Millennium. It has generated "shouts of praise and threats of death,", including hate mail and a demonstration by the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. The painting is currently on exhibit in the Vermont Festival of the Arts.
Series: Art & Creativity, Feminine Rising, Spirituality & Religion (View All Series)

Friday, August 15, 2014     

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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     

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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     

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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

Wednesday, July 30, 2014     

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The Return of the Sacred Feminine: Sophia in Politics and Life
(11 comments) OEN contributer Burl Hall is amidst the cosmic flow as the pendulum of patriarchy swings with gusto back toward feminine balance, and hopefully with more of Sophia's Wisdom. His many articles and his new book, co-authored with his wife, Merry, all assist in the midwifery of the full expression of the feminine.
Series: Feminine Rising, Interviews, Spirituality & Religion (View All Series)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014     

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Memo to Bosses, Politicians and the Supreme Court: Get Outta My Crotch!
(47 comments) Health care decisions should be up to a woman and her medical care provider. Her boss has no business between her legs. And neither does the Supreme Court. While the ladies are fighting for a $10 - $20 monthly prescription that can affect or even save their lives, the fellas can get about $30,000 from the government to fix a broken wanger so they can have a bit o' fun.
Series: Feminine Rising, Health & Wellbeing, Toxic Patriarchy (View All Series)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014     

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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     

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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     

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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

Thursday, March 20, 2014     

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Uppity Women in History/Herstory: Interview with Author Vicki Leon
(12 comments) Uppity woman Vicki Leon is the author of a series of inspiring books about "Uppity Women" through the ages. Engaging and humorous, as well as enlightening, the books are based on her meticulous research, yet it seems so very wrong to call them "HIS-torical." In this OpEdNews interview, Leon shares some of her uppity women stories, and how she started on the path to track them down.
Series: Uppity Women Wednesdays, Sheros, HERstory (View All Series)

Monday, February 24, 2014     

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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

Thursday, February 20, 2014     

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A Peek at what's Really Happening in Ukraine: OEN Interviews Dr. Olga Cehelska
(11 comments) Interview with Ukrainian-American, Dr Olga Cehelska. She is the granddaughter of Lonhyn Cehelsky, (the first delegate from the Western Republic in Ukraine to Washington, DC, 1920), born to Ukrainian parents in an Austrian refugee camp. She has friends and family involved in the events in Kiev, and keeps up-to-date on the situation.
Series: Ukrainian Independence Movement

Thursday, February 20, 2014     

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The Faces of the Ukrainian Uprising: the Ultimate Sacrifice
(82 comments) Not unlike the American Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, Ukrainian citizens - many young and full of energy and idealism - are fighting to declare independence from rich and unethical politicians and return the power to the people. Here are the faces of some who offered the ultimate sacrifice for independence and democracy.
Series: Ukrainian Independence Movement

Thursday, February 13, 2014     

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Priceless: Small Museum with Big Heart Returns Plundered Art
(8 comments) Amidst a host of international battles over the rightful ownership of plundered artworks, a small museum in Virginia is doing the right thing by repatriating a priceless piece of religious art to the Republic of Korea.
Series: Art & Creativity, Good Deeds

Thursday, January 9, 2014     

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Kucinich: Inspiring Jan. 9 Peace Conference Call Archived
(5 comments) Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich was the guest on the national Peace Alliance Orientation call on Wed., January 8th. The call has been archived and the Congressman's inspiring remarks are now available for listening.
Series: Dennis Kucinich

Wednesday, January 8, 2014     

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Peace Conference Call with Kucinich: 9 pm ET, Jan. 8
(2 comments) Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich is tonight's guest on the national Peace Alliance Orientation call (January 8th at 9pm ET, 6:00 PT) according to Matthew Albracht of The Peace Alliance.
Series: Dennis Kucinich

Tuesday, December 24, 2013     

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The Widow Thibodeaux's Miracle
(11 comments) A true Christmas story from Cajun country.
Series: Sheros, Spirituality & Religion, Good Deeds (View All Series)

Monday, December 16, 2013     

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Color Virginia Blue: State's Recount for Atty Gen Race Favors Dem Sweep
(2 comments) The race for the position of Virginia's Attorney General has been the closest race in recent Virginia history, as well as one of the closest in the nation this year. A recount in progress leans Democratic.

Thursday, December 12, 2013     

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Million Milestone for OEN's Joan B
(16 comments) OpEdNews' Election Integrity Editor Joan Brunwasser hit a milestone last Sunday with a million views of her over 650 articles for OpEdNews. A large portion of her articles are interviews, so we turned the tables and interviewed her !
Series: Interviews, Positivity, Sheros (View All Series)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013     

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What's in a Gift? Six Holiday Strategies to Make Giving More Meaningful
(8 comments) Six creative ways to make your holiday giving really count as you support small businesses, gender-balanced politics, creativity, positive vibes and humor. It's the Season of Light, so don't forget to turn on the switch!
Series: Holiday Gifting, Music

Sunday, November 10, 2013     

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From Battlefields to Fields of Dreams: Vets Cultivate Healing on the Farm
(10 comments) GROUND OPERATIONS: Battlefields to Farmfields is a new documentary about the growing network of combat veterans transitioning into sustainable farming, ranching and artisan food production as they create healthy new lives for themselves and contribute to food security for all Americans.
Series: Green Living, Veterans, Sheros (View All Series)

Saturday, November 9, 2013     

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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     

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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

Thursday, October 3, 2013     

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Quilt Artist Scrooged in London by US Embassy - What's Art? Who Decides?
(10 comments) October is National Arts and Humanities Month, so it is a perfect time to ask, "What is art? And, does the medium determine whether work is considered 'real art,' or is skill the determinant?" Is the personal taste of an agent of the US Embassy the final judge? Or does a professional paper trail offer any weight?
Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts, Interviews

Thursday, October 3, 2013     

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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.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013     

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The Bible as Weapon: My Response to Christian Bullying
(52 comments) I found myself on the receiving end of yet another email from a loved one, with a cherry-picked Bible verse designed to bully readers. This time I responded.
Series: Spirituality & Religion, Toxic Patriarchy

Wednesday, September 25, 2013     

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Bolivia's Morales Addresses Imperialism, Terrorism and Social Justice in UN Speech - Video Update 2 pm
(13 comments) Bolivia's Pres. Evo Morales gave a rousing speech at the UN General Debate on Sept 25. He noted some of his achievements in almost 8 years, including decrease in mother/child mortality, complete eradication of illiteracy (as declared by UNESCO), and the elevation of 10% of his population out of poverty and into the middle class. And he took note of his imperialist brother to the north, asking, how does one fight terrorism?
Series: Evo Morales

Sunday, September 22, 2013     

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Kucinich: Obama Risks Impeachment, Biden & Obama agree, in theory
(8 comments) Kucinich, Biden and Obama weigh in on the Constitutionality of a president who initiates acts of war without Congressional approval.
Series: Dennis Kucinich

Thursday, September 12, 2013     

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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."

Friday, August 30, 2013     

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Bolivia's Evo Morales Attacks Malnutrition with Incas' Sacred Grain
(15 comments) Evo Morales, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is reputed to have almost superhuman energy -- Is it because his favorite food is quinoa (KEEN-wah) soup, made with the mysterious sacred grain of the Incas? 2013 is the United Nations' International Year of Quinoa, a food that can help stamp out hunger and malnutrition.
Series: Evo Morales, Plant-Centered Diet

Thursday, August 29, 2013     

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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.

Saturday, August 24, 2013     

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Dolphins Deaths Continue on the East Coast, Exclusive Photos
(15 comments) Dead dolphins continue to wash up along the East Coast, cause is undetermined.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013     

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Relentless Bayou Corne Sinkhole Nearly 30 Times Original Size (UPDATED with Cave-In Video)
(10 comments) Over a year after the largest sinkhole ever discovered appeared, the sinkhole is almost 30 times larger - large enough, in fact, to fit TWO Liberty Islands within it, and containment does not appear to be any closer.
Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole

Monday, August 19, 2013     

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How Living Apart Saved a Marriage: Ricki Lake Show Interview
(2 comments) Lise and Emil Stoessel, saved their marriage by choosing to live apart rather than divorce. They explain some of the fascinating details in this video of their interview on the Ricki Lake Show.

Friday, July 5, 2013     

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Prescott AZ Prepares Final Farewell for 19 Firefighters
The remains of the 19 crewmembers of the Granite Mountain Hotshots will be escorted with full Honor Guard from Phoenix to the Yavapai County Medical Examiner's Office in Prescott on Sunday.
Series: Yarnell Hill Wildfire Claims Firefighters Lives, Fire!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013     

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Prescott AZ Honors Hotshot Firefighters Who Perished in Yarnell Hills Blaze: UPDATED 11 pm PDT
Flags lowered to half-staff and makeshift memorials sprung up in Prescott, AZ since Sunday when 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill fire.
Series: Yarnell Hill Wildfire Claims Firefighters Lives

Monday, July 1, 2013     

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AZ Wildfire Claims Lives of All But One in Prescott Firefighter Crew Sunday: UPDATED
(3 comments) Nineteen firefighters are dead in the biggest firefighter casualty in Arizona's history.
Series: Yarnell Hill Wildfire Claims Firefighters Lives, Fire!

Friday, June 21, 2013     

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Arizona's Doce Fire Grows to over 6300 acres Thurs. Update: Fri. 8 am
The Doce Fire which started on Tuesday morning, and is located approximately 7 miles NW of Prescott, AZ, is now 10% contained.
Series: Doce Fire, Prescott AZ, Fire!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013     

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Prescott AZ Wildfire Engulfs 5000 Acres (Update 11 pm PDT)
Firefighters battle a blaze that began just before noon on Tuesday just outside Prescott, AZ and homeowners have been evacuated.
Series: Doce Fire, Prescott AZ, Fire!

Thursday, June 6, 2013     

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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     

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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.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013     

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Berm Collapses at Expanding Bayou Corne Sinkhole (Update)
(2 comments) The Bayou Corne Sinkhole berm built to contain the toxic waters of the sinkhole, caved in today. A recent depth survey shows that the sinkhole is 174' deep.
Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole

Friday, May 31, 2013     

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Gulf Coast citizens call for oil industry oversight council: Industry declines
Citizens of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Texas form Gulf of Mexico Regional Citizens' Advisory Council (GoM RCAC) and call for oil industry oversight council. Oil industry declines invitation to participate.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013     

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Bayou Corne Sinkhole: Micro-Earthquake Activity Halts Work
All work at the infamous Bayou Corne Sinkhole and adjacent areas has ceased until further notice due to an increase in seismic activity that may warn of another cave-in. On Wings of Care provides flyover images.
Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole

Thursday, May 2, 2013     

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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

Saturday, April 20, 2013     

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Haunting Video Shows Trees Descending into Bayou Corne Sinkhole
(4 comments) A haunting video taken on April 18th shows trees disappearing into the Bayou Corne sinkhole, a globally unprecedented geologic event. After the trees become submerged, the video captures the eerie tidal actions of the sinkhole waters that result.
Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole

Saturday, April 13, 2013     

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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     

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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

Monday, April 8, 2013     

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Mayflower Oil Spill: Exxon's Shady Secrets Uncovered
(10 comments) What is Exxon trying to hide?

Thursday, April 4, 2013     

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Sinkhole Update: Explosive Gases Found in Adjacent Residences
(6 comments) Dangerous gases have been discovered under the slabs of at least two homes adjacent to the sinkhole, and an oil slick covers the enlarging surface.
Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole

Monday, April 1, 2013     

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Struck by Enlightening: April Fools, Swami Beyondananda, and the Secret of Life
(16 comments) A lighthearted and endorphin-producing interview with the Cosmic Comic, Steve Bhaerman aka Swami Beyondananda, an internationally known author, humorist and workshop leader.
Series: Positivity, Interviews, Humor (View All Series)

Thursday, March 28, 2013     

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Bayou Sinkhole Update: Increased Seismic Activity, Access Ramp Caves In
(11 comments) On March 28, the Bayou Corne sinkhole had its third cave-in in just 11 days, a record for this site. Increased seismic activity has been recorded, and all work in and over the sinkhole has been halted under a Code 2 alert code status.
Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole

Wednesday, March 27, 2013     

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Bayou Corne Sinkhole Swallows 25 More Trees
(7 comments) The out-of-control Louisiana sinkhole, first discovered on August 3, 2012, continues to cave in, swallowing trees and swampland.
Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole

Tuesday, March 26, 2013     

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Hack-Proof Passwords: Easy Tips from an Expert
(8 comments) Tech genius and Drupal developer Aaron Winborn comes to the rescue with advice on quick and clever ways to create hack-proof passwords. It's easier than you think.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013     

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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     

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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     

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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

Tuesday, March 12, 2013     

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For Sweet Support of Civil Rights and Religious Freedom: Buy Girl Scout Cookies
(2 comments) Girl Scout cookie season is upon us! There are more than 3.2 million Girl Scouts and adult leaders throughout the U.S. and its territories. If you want to support tolerance and diversity sweetly, you can buy their cookies! They are miles ahead of the Boy Scouts in tolerance, diversity, civil rights as well as big business.
Series: Feminine Rising

Thursday, March 7, 2013     

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The Girl God: Celebrating the Divine Feminine on Internat'l Women's Day, March 8
(11 comments) "The Girl God" by Trista Hendren is a magically illustrated children's book celebrating the Divine Feminine. The process of helping her 5-year-old daughter connect to her spiritual self and her inner strengths, within the context of both Islam and Christianity, has been an exciting journey for both of them, as Trista explains in this interview.
Series: Interviews, Spirituality & Religion, Feminine Rising (View All Series)

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