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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.
Monday, May 11, 2015 Security Breech Horror at the Office Supply Store
A potentially devastating security breech during mundane photocopying puts a wealth of unintended information, including Social Security numbers, onto an unsuspecting customer's flash drive.
Sunday, May 3, 2015(21 comments)
A Woman's Place is on the Money
2020 is the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the legal right to vote. It's time our legal tender sported the image of a woman, and there is a grassroots movement to put one on the $20 bill. Series: Feminine Rising (10 Articles, 23997 views), HERstory (7 Articles, 11689 views)
Thursday, April 30, 2015(8 comments)
A Path of Peace Encircles the Globe on World Labyrinth Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015 marks the seventh annual World Labyrinth Day. An opportunity to connect with others throughout the world through time zone related activities, it is sponsored by the Labyrinth Society, an international organization of labyrinth enthusiasts. TLS invites people around the globe to share in a symbolic walk to encircle the planet with peace. Series: Labyrinths (8 Articles, 25937 views)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015(45 comments)
My Friend Decided to Die Last Week
My longtime friend decided to die last week, on the heels of the Spring Equinox, the archetypal moment of renewal and new life. He sent out a Facebook farewell with an invitation to his memorial service, scheduled for a few days after he would "pull the plug." Series: Aaron Winborn (2 Articles, 4707 views)
Tuesday, February 24, 2015(6 comments)
Seduced by Quilts: An Album of Art-stitch-tic Inspiration
The needlearts have belonged mostly to the mothers who patch us up when we are broken and to the grandmothers who are the weavers of life. Quilting has been woven into the very soul of America, since scarcity of goods and thrifty spirits inspired women to craft warmth from scraps. Now quilts are more often made for artistic value, and this feminine craft has blossomed with passion into its own art form: a photographic album. Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts (7 Articles, 19753 views)
Saturday, February 21, 2015(8 comments)
Train Wrecks, the "Real McCoy" and Black History Month
Born to escaped slaves, Elijah McCoy was a black American inventer whose committment to quality, excellence and integrity gave rise, in the late 1800s, to the term, the Real McCoy. His remarkable path took him from Canada to Scotland to the U.S., directly into prejudice and out the other side. Series: Black HIstory Month (3 Articles, 4611 views)
Thursday, February 19, 2015(41 comments)
How the Bible Supports Socialism
Anyone with the remotest understanding of the foundations of Christianity knows that the Bible has plenty of allusions to Socialistic perspectives. When conversing with Bible-thumping fans of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh, it can be useful to have a few of these quotations at your fingertips. Series: Spirituality & Religion (10 Articles, 29512 views)
Sunday, February 8, 2015(2 comments)
Confessions of a Moonwalker: Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell on Inner and Outer Space
On Feb. 9, 1971, the Apollo 14 Command Module splashed down in the South Pacific. It was a half-a-million mile round trip which included 9 hours on the surface of the moon for astronaut Edgar Mitchell. His odyssey resulted in an "equal and opposite" inner journey--on his return to Earth, Mitchell had a "samadhi" experience--a sense of profound oneness with the universe--which left him forever changed. Series: Interviews (14 Articles, 25495 views), Quantum Sciences (7 Articles, 33646 views)
Sunday, February 1, 2015(5 comments)
From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks: the Remarkable Story of Labor Leader Harry Bridges
When teenager and Australian merchant seaman Harry Bridges disembarked in San Francisco for a visit in 1919 he didn't know that he'd stay for a lifetime, grace the cover of Time magazine and change the course of American history! It took a British-born actor-screenwriter to shine a spotlight on an Aussie-born labor leader who changed the face of American unions. Series: Interviews (14 Articles, 25495 views)
Monday, January 26, 2015(23 comments)
Vermont High Schoolers Cut Fox "News" Down Over Ethics in Journalism
The Quantum Leap Exhibit Program at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, VT took a good look at FOX "News" in contrast to the published Ethics of Journalism per the Society of Professional Journalists. They concluded that FOX "News" failed miserably at practicing journalism on every level, as evidenced in their outstanding video, "Vermont High Schoolers Just Destroy Fox News About The Ethics Of Journalism." (Video) Series: Journalism (2 Articles, 3038 views), Solutions Activism (2 Articles, 3372 views)
Friday, January 23, 2015(30 comments)
Solutions Journalism and OpEdNews
If you've been hanging out on OpEdNews for a while, maybe you've noticed that we've been moving toward a kinder, friendlier, more positive model. We've encouraged more civil communication in comments and we are also integrating the more positive coverage of current events, via the "Solutions Journalism" model. Series: Journalism (2 Articles, 3038 views), Solutions Activism (2 Articles, 3372 views)
Friday, December 26, 2014(2 comments)
Photo Album: Holiday Lights at Norfolk Botanical Gardens
Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Norfolk, Virginia) is celebrating 20 years of holiday light shows as well as the honor of being selected as one of the top ten of the 'Best Public Lights Display' category by USA TODAY. Here's a little photo album of our Christmas Day visit to their show with over a million lights. Series: Christmas/Yule Season (4 Articles, 3511 views)
Wednesday, December 24, 2014(2 comments)
Enchantment at Dusk: Bruce Munro's Poetry of Light
Visions of light can fill yearning souls in the darkest hours of winter. Entering British artist Bruce Munro's luminous fairyland is like walking into an alternate reality of enchantment. The brilliance of his large-scale light installations reawakens the joys of childhood playfulness while it inspires respect for his remarkable artistic and technical achievements. Some viewers gasp, others weep, all are touched. Series: Art & Creativity (13 Articles, 26324 views), Christmas/Yule Season (4 Articles, 3511 views)
Saturday, December 20, 2014(2 comments)
The "Force" is with You in SF Musician's Home Holiday Light Show
A music teacher at the Conservatory of Vocal and Instrumental Arts in Oakland, CA, has created a holiday light show at his home in the Bay area. Over 100,000 lights are synchronized to a medley of favorite Star Wars Tunes. Tom BetGeorge uses it as a way to fundraise for the poor and homeless. He uploaded his video of the extravaganza on Monday Dec. 15, and got over 2.5 million views by week's end. May the Force be with you. Series: Christmas/Yule Season (4 Articles, 3511 views)
Tuesday, December 9, 2014(5 comments)
Restore your faith in humanity in 4 minutes flat
Amidst a sea of police brutality and government corruption it's important to remember that the essential goodness of individual people always rises to the top, like cream.
Each day the Flixxy team looks through hundreds of new videos to pull out a few they think are the best. They promote these videos specifically to raise spirits and bring more sunshine into the lives of their viewers. And it's working.
Monday, December 1, 2014(36 comments)
How Thomas Paine Still Fights for the Soul of America
Ian Ruskin is an actor, playwright, and producer on a mission (in the words of Thomas Paine) "to begin the world over again." In his stunning performances, Ruskin shows us that Paine's ideas speak to a long & vital list of current issues. If he were alive today, this Founding Father would be in the front lines of the Occupy Movement. And through Ruskin, Paine's words continue to inspire from beyond the grave. Series: Interviews (14 Articles, 25495 views)
Thursday, November 27, 2014(23 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.
Monday, November 10, 2014(1 comments)
Veterans Day Freebies for Vets
As in past years, restaurants, retailers and other businesses are offering free deals to vets on Veteran's Day, Nov 11, 2014.
In most cases, vets must present proof of military service such as valid military ID or honorable discharge card, or be in uniform. Some offers are for the veteran only, and others include family.
Here is a list! Series: Veterans (5 Articles, 11090 views)
Saturday, November 1, 2014(4 comments)
Enjoy Free Daily Downloads During November, Positive Music Month
November is Positive Music Month and you can get a free download of one (or sometimes two) fabulous positive music songs 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 (6 Articles, 18759 views), Music (12 Articles, 26297 views)
Friday, October 31, 2014(50 comments)
Herbal Secrets from the Green Witch of NY
Herbalist and educator, Robin Rose Bennett is the author of two newly published books: "The Gift of Healing Herbs" as well as "Healing Magic: A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living" (10th Anniv. Ed.) Herself a vibrant product of plant-based healing, she weaves together herbal wisdom, anecdotal stories and spiritual insights in her books & in this interview. Series: Green Living (8 Articles, 22922 views), Health & Wellbeing (6 Articles, 59696 views)
Thursday, October 23, 2014 Rick Weiland, S. Dakota's "Everywhere Man" is Singing His Way to the Senate
Rick Weiland, 56, has been visiting every city in S. Dakota in his mini-van since winning the Democratic nomination for the US Senate. Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America calls Weiland "an insurgent Democrat whose bolt-from-the-blue campaign for U.S. Senate is now the hottest race in the country and could be the tipping point that saves the Senate from GOP control." Even MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is talking about Weiland.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 #GoFundMe vs #DontFundHate: How Creative, Peaceful Protest Can Work
Shortly after Wilson killed Brown, two GoFundMe campaigns sprang up and in less than a month over $400,000 was raised for Wilson--more than the President makes in a year. And comments were considered highly racist and inflammatory. GoFundMe got their "fair" share. They automatically deduct a 5% transaction fee from each donation a user receives. According to calculations, GoFundMe collected over $20,000 from the campaign. Series: Peace & Nonviolence (7 Articles, 10289 views)
Wednesday, October 8, 2014(14 comments)
Election Looms for Bolivia's Incumbent Evo Morales
Democratic Socialist, Bolivian incumbent President Juan Evo Morales Ayma, is expected to win the election on Sunday, Oct. 12.
A former "cocalero" (coca farmer and activist), and continuing football (soccer) enthusiast, he has served as president of Bolivia since 2006 and has maintained close friendships with Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. Series: Evo Morales (3 Articles, 12942 views)
Friday, September 26, 2014(3 comments)
Minnesota Vikings' New Stadium Will Kill Birds
The Minnesota Vikings' new stadium could kill thousands of migratory birds unless the stadium's builders take immediate action to incorporate bird safe measures, according to David Yarnold, President and CEO of the National Audubon Society.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 National Public Lands Day Sept. 27: A Volunteer Opportunity
Sept. 27 is National Public Lands Day, an annual volunteer event hosted by the National Environmental Education Foundation, and which spotlights the environment and America's natural beauty. Entrance fees will be waived at many sites for both visitors and volunteers, who may also earn a fee-free day coupon that can be used for another visit at a national park during the next year.
Saturday, August 23, 2014(8 comments)
Aug. 24, 1814: The White House Ablaze, A True-Blue Matriot and a Red Dress
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 (7 Articles, 11689 views), Sheros (19 Articles, 29166 views)
Friday, August 22, 2014(15 comments)
Janet McKenzie: Sacred Art and the Feminine Spirit
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: Interviews (14 Articles, 25495 views), Feminine Rising (10 Articles, 23997 views), Art & Creativity (13 Articles, 26324 views) (View All Series)
Friday, August 15, 2014(29 comments)
Turning 60: Desperately Seeking Something
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: My Personal Journey (3 Articles, 3352 views), Rites of Passage (2 Articles, 3643 views)
Monday, August 4, 2014(11 comments)
Gazing on Gaza
"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 (19 Articles, 28105 views)
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 (20 Articles, 112157 views)
Wednesday, April 30, 2014(11 comments)
The Healing Power of the Circle: World Labyrinth Day, May 3
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 (8 Articles, 25937 views)
Thursday, March 27, 2014(68 comments)
Ideas Worth Suppressing: Psi Wars and TED's Worst Nightmare
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 (7 Articles, 33646 views), Interviews (14 Articles, 25495 views), Toxic Patriarchy (4 Articles, 17015 views) (View All Series)
Thursday, March 20, 2014(12 comments)
Uppity Women in History/Herstory: Interview with Author Vicki Leon
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 (2 Articles, 2046 views), Sheros (19 Articles, 29166 views), HERstory (7 Articles, 11689 views) (View All Series)
Monday, February 24, 2014(20 comments)
Move Over, Monet: Quilt Art is Fine Art
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 (7 Articles, 19753 views)
Thursday, February 20, 2014(82 comments)
The Faces of the Ukrainian Uprising: the Ultimate Sacrifice
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 (2 Articles, 6854 views)
Thursday, January 9, 2014(5 comments)
Kucinich: Inspiring Jan. 9 Peace Conference Call Archived
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 (19 Articles, 28105 views)
Thursday, December 12, 2013(16 comments)
Million Milestone for OEN's Joan B
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 (14 Articles, 25495 views), Positivity (11 Articles, 29915 views), Sheros (19 Articles, 29166 views) (View All Series)
Saturday, November 9, 2013(22 comments)
How a WW2 Twist of Fate Saved my Dad
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 (5 Articles, 11090 views)
Thursday, October 17, 2013(4 comments)
The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race of 2013
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 (4 Articles, 7464 views)
Thursday, October 3, 2013(11 comments)
Petition: Shut Down Paychecks for Congress
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(13 comments)
Bolivia's Morales Addresses Imperialism, Terrorism and Social Justice in UN Speech - Video Update 2 pm
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 (3 Articles, 12942 views)
Thursday, September 12, 2013(11 comments)
Keystone XL: The Truth in 90 Seconds
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(15 comments)
Bolivia's Evo Morales Attacks Malnutrition with Incas' Sacred Grain
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 (3 Articles, 12942 views), Plant-Centered Diet (6 Articles, 12653 views)