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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 since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, 2013. In June, 2015, the combined views on her articles, diaries and quick link contributions topped one million. She was particularly happy that her article about Bree Newsome removing the Confederate flag was the one that put her past the million mark.
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. She publishes an annual article about the topic on OpEdNews on World Labyrinth Day, the first Saturday in May.
"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
Archived articles www.opednews.com/author/author1820.html
Older archived articles, from before May 2005 are here.
Sunday, September 11, 2016(4 comments)
Horse-Power: Healing from 9-11
I was raised in New York, and my elementary school buddy, Tommy, grew up to be a horseman and wonderful writer. His musings on 9-11 are stunning and poignant, and I share them here, with permission, from his blog, "a monthly series of reflections of my horse-related experiences at our small horse facility in suburban Long Island, NY, which we call Dreamcatcher Farm"
Thursday, September 8, 2016(9 comments)
Atrocities at Standing Rock: What We All Can Do
I observed the Labor Day weekend events at Standing Rock in horror, where our unarmed Native brothers and sisters are standing down to protect the purity of water for the whole land. Men, women and children have been maced, attacked with dogs, and have had to watch their sacred and archeologically significant buriel grounds and ceremonial sites get bulldozed into oblivion by a pipeline company determined to rape Mother Eart Series: Standing Rock (5 Articles, 14146 views)
Thursday, September 8, 2016(15 comments)
Newsflash: Sacred Stones Camp at Standing Rock - Photos & Update
OEN's Georgianne Nienaber is back onsite at the Sacred Stones camp at Standing Rock. Her internet connection is unpredictable but she has been able to get these photos to us, so our readers can have an intimate view of the camp. Georgianne tells us what is going on now: Series: Standing Rock (5 Articles, 14146 views)
Tuesday, September 6, 2016(11 comments)
Emergency Federal Hearing After Destruction of Sacred Native Sites
After the allegedly unlawful destruction of Native sacred sites over the holiday weekend, a federal judge ordered an emergency hearing for Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 3 pm in the Federal Courthouse, Wash DC. The losses of important archeological and sacred items were described as "devastating." The sites were in the direct path of the proposed Dakota pipeline. Series: Standing Rock (5 Articles, 14146 views)
Monday, September 5, 2016(4 comments)
Travesty at Standing Rock: Destruction of Sacred Sites
Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network explains the details behind the incidents on Saturday and Sunday at Standing Rock, in which Dakota Access bulldozed sacred graves and ceremonial sites. Apparently the holiday weekend was chosen so that the sites, which were in the direct path of the pipeline, could be destroyed before the business week when an injunction could have been forthcoming. Series: Standing Rock (5 Articles, 14146 views)
Friday, September 2, 2016(2 comments)
Raw, Deep Wisdom from a Racially-Mixed Family's Mother
Kate Riffle Roper, as a white mother of five children (two black, three white, all of whom have a white father) has had a poignantly unique opportunity to observe and experience the day-to-day prejudices which are rampant in our society. She posted an arresting piece on Facebook (which follows) and I was appreciative that OEN was able to interview her.
Thursday, August 11, 2016(37 comments)
SpaceX: Inspiring Visions of Mars Colonization
The goal of Elon Musk's SpaceX is colonization of Mars, and the bottom-up, NGO space exploration organization has taken a number of successful steps. The visionary project offers a sense of perspective amidst a sea of political corruption. So enjoy this short video of extraordinarily beautiful slo-mo footage compiled from four launches. It'll touch your soul and restore hope in the in the higher aspirations of humanity.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016(8 comments)
Political Revolution Night School Starts Wed. Aug 10, Online
Are you ready to keep building Bernie Sanders's political revolution in this critical election year -- either by organizing and leading campaigns to support progressive candidates or by running for office yourself -- but you're still not quite sure how to get started? Attend Political Revolution Night School online! Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views), Peoples' Revolution (3 Articles, 4487 views)
Friday, August 5, 2016(19 comments)
Saving Detroit from the Bottom Up: New Gang in Town
Detroit is the site of economic crisis, the first major US city to file for bankruptcy. Empty houses, vacant schools, abandoned parks with overgrown play equipment and no place for kids. It's bleak. It's tragic. But a new gang in town is making a difference.
Monday, August 1, 2016(24 comments)
DNC Fraud Class Action Lawsuit
Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers are investigating potential class action claims by donors based on fraudulent conduct by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Were you defrauded? You can join the class action suit here. Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views), Peoples' Revolution (3 Articles, 4487 views)
Saturday, July 23, 2016(3 comments)
An Antidote to Toxic Politicking
Hark, the anguished cries of the angry and horrified masses, drowning in the toxic sludge of American politics. The human mind requires a change of scenery in order to remain active in developing solutions and creative problem solving. It's a kind of crop rotation of grey matter. Here are a couple of solutions: Series: Art & Creativity (18 Articles, 41447 views), Positive Music (9 Articles, 22011 views)
Thursday, July 21, 2016(16 comments)
The Never-Ending Louisiana Sinkhole: Update
On August 3, 2012, a sinkhole the size of three football fields (approximately 4 acres) appeared overnight in Louisiana's Bayou Corne, swallowing countless 100-foot tall cypress trees. It was the result of an industrial "accident." Four years later the 180-foot deep sinkhole has displaced scores of residents and engulfed 35 acres. And it hasn't stopped growing. Victoria Greene is producing a feature documentary about it. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole (22 Articles, 125106 views)
Sunday, July 17, 2016(13 comments)
The Truth About Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders' cameraman, Mikki Willis, has had a unique opportunity to observe Bernie and Jane up close. He explains, with hopeful sanity, how Bernie's endorsement of Clinton makes perfect sense in the overall scheme. And find out more about how FDR won the nomination after endorsing the other candidate... Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views)
Saturday, July 2, 2016(46 comments)
The Dawning of Political Change: Are You Ready?
A number of my friends and acquaintances are grieving over the possibility that they may have to choose between voting for a really bad crook and a really, really bad crook. Others are heartbroken that they were offered a brief glimpse of Camelot, only to have it snuffed out. Everyone seems scared or angry about what they think might happen. I have news for all of them. It ain't over til the fat lady sings. Here's why: Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views)
Friday, June 17, 2016(67 comments)
Hillary's on Stroke Medication: Is She at Risk?
There are an alarming number of indications that Hillary Clinton may have already had a stroke, and if she has, then that should be a public consideration in her race for a nomination, along with any other health issues.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Creating Wellbeing Amidst Crisis
California transformative coach Jock Gilchrist just posted a blog which was just what I needed to read amidst the news of hideous carnage, villainous politicians and heinous rapists.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 A Moment of Healing Musical Reflection: Balm for All of Us
The Cultural Creatives of the community are the healers, the visionaries. Throughout history and herstory, the arts have inspired change. In my opinion, artists have been responsible for more lasting change than politicians. (I admit I might be a little prejudiced.) Series: Positive Music (9 Articles, 22011 views)
Saturday, May 28, 2016(3 comments)
Bill Maher Real Time interview with Bernie Sanders
Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joins Bill Maher for a wide-ranging discussion before the California primary election. Bill Maher starts out saying, "There are 3 candidates in this race, only one of them has a positive rating with people. Bernie Sanders is here!" (Cheers, cheers and more cheers!) Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views)
Thursday, May 26, 2016(23 comments)
Sanders-Trump Debate in CA?
In a primary season full of surprises, the possibility of a Sanders-Trump debate looms on the horizon. Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views)
Tuesday, May 24, 2016(14 comments)
Did Robert Reich Drink the DNC Kool Aid?
Reich puts one foot in Hillary's camp. Radio host, internet talk show host, social commentator, political speaker and activist, Tim Black has a cogent, "not-to-be-missed" response. Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views)
Friday, May 13, 2016(25 comments)
Hillary's "Damn" Emails: Unraveling the Tangled Web
It's a tangled web - Guccifer's hack job into Hillary's email server, the Kremlin's recent statement that they have about 20,000 of Hillary's emails which they may release - which might include more of the missing emails than the US has - how do we unravel it so it makes some sense? Here's the answer.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016(6 comments)
Gallup: Hillary has Worst Favorability Rating in Dem History
In a video published on May 10, 2016, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks says that Hillary Clinton has the worst favoribility rating in Democrat history, according to a Gallup Poll. Her favorability rating last Fall was 63. By April it had dropped markedly to 36. Gallup, notes that Bernie Sanders has the "most positive rating for any candidate of either party at this point, by a large margin."
Friday, May 6, 2016 How to Celebrate World Labyrinth Day: May 7
Sat., May 7 is the 8th annual World Labyrinth Day. The Labyrinth Society invites you to 'Walk as One at 1" (pm), joining other participants around the globe in creating a wave of peaceful energy encircling the earth. Here's how: Series: Labyrinths (9 Articles, 31850 views)
Sunday, March 27, 2016(4 comments)
Even the Animals Flock to Bernie
In this amazing video clip from a Sanders rally in Portland, OR, a little birdie seems to endorse Bernie. The look of joy on Bernie's face as the little bird alights on his podium is delightful, and certainly provides insight into Sanders' soul. Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views)
Sunday, March 20, 2016(2 comments)
Musical Relief: Mr. Sanders, Bring Us a Dream
Tired of all the political stress, mudslinging, and lies? Time for the arts to rescue us from our pessimism with a jazzy bit of fun and truth. Studies show that people who are less stressed are able to be more effective at creative problem-solving, and this is a swingin' first step. You need this. Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views)
Wednesday, March 16, 2016(1 comments)
Open Thread: Voter Suppression in Florida?
Open thread: My friend experienced what might be considered voter suppression in Florida, home of the hanging chads. What's your experience?
Tuesday, February 23, 2016(1 comments)
Live Blog: Bernie Sanders in Norfolk, VA
OK this is my first live blog with my new iPad, so we'll see how it goes! Several thousand Bernie supporters have been waiting since early hours this morning at Norfolk's SCOPE Arena...it holds about 10,000 people and half has been partitioned off for this event..and it looks like the partitioned area is about 80% full... More to come... Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views)
Monday, February 22, 2016(2 comments)
Wicked Cool Fiber Art "To Dye For"
Quilts as art: a wicked-cool quilt challenge may make you "green with envy" as it inspires creativity and a "golden" opportunity to participate in a new challenge. Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts (9 Articles, 23560 views)
Friday, December 4, 2015(2 comments)
How Dickens' Message Applies Today: Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Arrogance of Wealth
"The shameless piling up of wealth, the poor struggling to survive, the penny pinching of welfare, and the lofty contempt of our rulers." These words describing Charles Dickens could also be applied to Bernie Sanders. OEN explores these comparisons between Victorian England and the US today in an interview with actor Chris Van Cleave, currently playing Scrooge in Virginia Musical Theater's production of A Christmas Carol. Series: Art & Creativity (18 Articles, 41447 views), Christmas/Yule Season (6 Articles, 8587 views)
Wednesday, November 25, 2015(6 comments)
The Thanksgiving Farce and What We Can Do About It
The actual Thanksgiving story goes something like this: illegal immigrants came to this country, pretended to be friendly to the inhabitants as long as it served their purposes, then killed, mutilated and subjugated the original citizens. We cannot change the past, but we can change the effect it has on the future. This Thanksgiving, perhaps it's time to set intentions for actions we can be thankful for in the future.
Thursday, November 5, 2015(1 comments)
The Power of Positive Music - Free Downloads in November!
November is Positive Music Month and you can get a free download of a fabulous positive music song by award-winning musicians every day of the month at emPowerma.com If you are a believer in the power of positive thinking/listening, you'll love this treasure trove! Series: Positive Music (9 Articles, 22011 views)
Friday, October 16, 2015(4 comments)
Wicked: DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz
The Democratic National Committee is shown to be neither democratic nor a committee, it's more like an oligarchy run by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little debates, too!"
Wednesday, October 14, 2015(2 comments)
Sanders Rocks Vegas
Bernie Sanders rocked Vegas and broke records at the debate Tuesday night. His campaign reported that more than $1.3 million was raised in the first four hours after the debate began. They report that at the peak of the fundraising frenzy, there were 10.25 contributions per second. Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views)
Friday, October 2, 2015(2 comments)
Nautical oddity in Virginia Beach
A friend spotted this nautical oddity in the Broad Bay area around Virginia Beach yesterday. Neither of us are sailors, but we've both lived on the coast of Virginia for decades, and neither of us has ever seen anything like this. Trump's in town - could it be his? Series: Nautical & Maritime (5 Articles, 9001 views)
Saturday, September 26, 2015(6 comments)
Handicap Hack: Hearing Aids
If a hearing-impaired loved one has trouble keeping track of hearing aids, here's a fun and simple thing you can do to help. Series: Health & Wellbeing (8 Articles, 62923 views), My Dad (4 Articles, 6852 views)
Sunday, August 9, 2015(8 comments)
Bayou Corne Sinkhole Still Swallowing Louisiana 3 Years Later
It's the biggest ongoing disaster in the United States you have never heard of. When the Bayou Corne sinkhole was discovered on Aug 3, 2012, it spanned a couple of acres. A year later it covered more than 24 acres and was 750 feet deep, and continued to expand. The evacuation order has been in effect for over three years. Now the sinkhole is over 32 acres. And no one seems to have a clue about how to fix it. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole (22 Articles, 125106 views)
Thursday, July 23, 2015(1 comments)
Thom Hartmann: Bernie Sanders Could Be the Next FDR (video)
"For much of the 20th century - American presidents built on the policies of FDR's New Deal. That all changed with Reaganism in the 1980s. So which presidential candidate can bring about a new age of American progressivism?" In this enlightening video, Thom Hartmann clarifies some important points Series: Bernie Sanders (22 Articles, 113917 views)
Sunday, July 5, 2015(12 comments)
There's No Place Like Om -- the Dalai Lama, Dorothy and Me
A colorful exploration of the processes of creativity, art, and risk-taking on the path to joy: My deep interest in the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet, and my understanding of their sense of displacement was enhanced during my own decade-long adventure in homelessness, and resulted in the concept for this unique work of fiber art, "No Place Like Om." Series: Art & Creativity (18 Articles, 41447 views), Dalai Lama (4 Articles, 5391 views), My Personal Journey (6 Articles, 8783 views) (View All Series)