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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.

Find out more about Meryl Ann's artistic life in "OEN Managing Ed, Meryl Ann Butler, Featured on the Other Side of the Byline" at https://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/OEN-Managing-Ed-Meryl-Ann-in-Life_Arts-Artistic_Artists_Quilt-170917-615.html

On Feb 11, 2017, Senior Editor Joan Brunwasser interviewed Meryl Ann in Pink Power: Sister March, Norfolk, VA at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Pink-Power-Sister-March--by-Joan-Brunwasser-p*ssy-Hats-170212-681.html

"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

Archived articles www.opednews.com/author/author1820.html
Older archived articles, from before May 2005 are here.


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Bernie Sanders at ISU - 1/25/2016, From FlickrPhotos

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       Saturday, August 17, 2019
How to Finance Medicare for All: Sanders' Options Next time someone who believes that Medicare-for-All would be a bad thing argues with you, you can take a few talking points from Bernie Sanders' " OPTIONS TO FINANCE MEDICARE FOR ALL" from his website, or find them here:
Photo shows Melania Trump holding infant orphaned by El Paso killer, From GoogleImages

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       Friday, August 9, 2019
"Twisted," "Obscene" Presidential Photo Op in El Paso "The president's callousness has reached a new low: smiling, flashing a thumbs-up next to an orphaned infant," and calls this photo "one of the most twisted things I have seen in a long time."
Green Shirt Guy And More Fun At Tucson's City Council Meeting | All In | MSNBC Green Shirt Guy, Banjo Guy, and the Sanctuary City Song Ladies really livened up local government proceedings in Tucson, Arizona this week.  ? Subscribe to ..., From YouTubeVideos

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       Friday, August 9, 2019
Who is Green Shirt Guy and Why Did His Laugh Go Viral? Green Shirt Guy couldn't help laughing hysterically at a MAGA-hat wearing protestor in a Tucson, AZ city council meeting, in which city officials were voting to put a sanctuary city measure on the Fall ballot. The video, which expressed the ridiculousness of the current political climate, went viral.
Headlines After the Democratic Debate, From InText

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       Thursday, August 1, 2019
MSM is no longer ignoring Marianne Williamson In spite of the fact that Marianne Williamson has received much less time to speak during the debates than the others she shared the stage with, she filled every moment she had with jewels of wisdom, and the headlines show that the MSM is no longer Ignoring her. In fact, several headlines call her the winner of the debate.
Air Force One at RDU, From FlickrPhotos

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       Monday, July 29, 2019
Hilarious Brits Lipsync the Trumps Found this hilarious video on musician/ humorist Greg Tamblyn's website --British comedians lip sync to the Trumps' visit to NATO.
Comparison of US Presidential Seals, From InText

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       Saturday, July 27, 2019
Satirical Presidential Seal Goes Viral Richmond, VA, graphic designer Charles Leazott created a satirical version of the US Presidential seal three years ago to "vent my frustration." Last week, the mock seal was projected on stage behind Trump as he addressed a Conservative group, and suddenly Leazott was famous.

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       Tuesday, July 23, 2019
The Real Reason for Impeachment- Robert Reich Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains why Congress must impeach Donald Trump.
Meme by Meryl Ann Butler for OpEdNews, From InText

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       Thursday, July 18, 2019
Fresh Air in the House: the Squad opened the windows There's a breath of fresh air in the House: the squad opened the windows.
Please move your ass to the left, From InText

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       Friday, July 12, 2019
Help Move Dems to the Left: $1 Puts Gravel in the Debates Sen. Mike Gravel will add a critical voice of conscience to the debate stage. He currently needs fewer than 2,000 unique donors to hit the qualification threshold for the Democratic debates. He is only requesting new $1.00 donors.
Mike Gravel by Gage Skidmore., From WikimediaPhotos

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       Monday, July 8, 2019
Help Put Mike Gravel on the Debate Stage Sen. Mike Gravel is close to qualifying for the Democratic debates - he is currently only 10,000 unique donors away from the requirement of 65,000 unique donors needed. If you have not already donated to his campaign, a donation of just $1 qualifies you as a unique donor.
Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emmanuel Leutz. A recent cleaning revealed aircraft ., From InText

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       Sunday, July 7, 2019
Revolutionary War Airports: Everything You Always Wanted to Know Wikipedia, always prompt with its updates, has was quick to add essential information to its entry on the Philadelphia International Airport to reflect the airport's participation in the Revolutionary War. Additional proof of air participation in America's revolution has surfaced on Twitter.
Three entries in the Eye Contact exhibition: Top: by Julie Dodd, Center: by Linda Carol Adrienne, Bottom: by Meryl Ann Butler, From InText

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       Sunday, July 7, 2019
Sacred Threads: A Divine Exhibition Sacred Threads is an exhibit of quilts which explore themes of joy, spirituality, peace/brotherhood, inspiration, grief, and/or healing. The 2019 exhibition will be held July 11-28 at Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171, just minutes from Dulles Airport, outside Washington, D.C.
Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts (15 Articles, 36506 views), Art & Creativity (36 Articles, 80507 views)
Honey of the Hymettus by Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson, From InText

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       Saturday, July 6, 2019
OEN Editors' Further Adventures at the Phila Museum of Art Editor-in-Chief Rob Kall, Managing Editor Meryl Ann Butler, and Senior Editor Marta Steele enjoyed a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art a couple of weeks ago, this is the second part of that story, with additional museum highlights
Series: Art & Creativity (36 Articles, 80507 views)
thirsty, From FlickrPhotos

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       Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Good Samaritan Charged with Felony Church volunteer, Scott Warren was put on trial last month. His alleged crime? Giving immigrants and refugees water and first aid near the U.S.-Mexico border. His case ended in a mistrial, but federal prosecutors just announced they have decided to retry Scott on two out of three felony charges.
Rob and Marta in front of Japanese Bridge and Water Lilies, by Claude Monet, 1899., From InText

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       Friday, June 28, 2019
OEN Editors Catch Some Culture: Phila Museum of Art Editor-in-Chief Rob Kall, Managing Editor Meryl Ann Butler, and Senior Editor Marta Steele enjoyed an immersion in art and beauty at the Philadelphia Museum of Arts, here are their favorites.
Series: Art & Creativity (36 Articles, 80507 views)
Movie poster, 'The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir', From InText

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       Saturday, June 22, 2019
The Fakir's Extraordinary Journey (film review) "The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir" is a spirited romp through magic, karma, free will and serendipity. Peppered with humor and surprises, it's a captivating combination of adventure, romantic comedy and spiritual insights. The music is fantastic, and it features a full Bollywood dance scene. It opened in select theaters on June 21, highly recommended.
L-R: OEN Managing Editor, Meryl Ann Butler, OEN Senior Editor, Marta Steele, and Rob Kall, From InText

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       Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Behind the Scenes at OpEdNews with Editor-in-Chief Rob Kall OpEdNews Managing Editor Meryl Ann Butler turns the tables and interviews Editor-in-Chief Rob Kall on the beginnings of OEN, exciting high points, and Rob's new book.
Barbara and Oliver J. Semans Sr., Co-Executive Directors of Four Directions, Inc., From InText

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       Monday, May 27, 2019
Ending Massacres Can Begin with Righting the Past: A Memorial Day Consideration Ending current day massacres can begin with addressing and removing honors for massacres of the past. Four Directions, Inc. has been calling on the US gov't to "remove the Medals of Honor from the 20 men who were part of the 7th Calvary that murdered our people at what's been called, The Battle at Wounded Knee, now recognized as The Wounded Knee Massacre." Now, Native Americans are bringing their request to Congress.
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       Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Trump Jr Gets Book Deal, Twitter Lights Up with Title Suggestions Twitter is alive with the sound of sarcasm under the hashtag #DonJrBookTitles
All the Ways Trump Has 'Destroyed the Norms' of American Life | NowThis Rep. Jamie Raskin listed all of the ways that Trump has 'destroyed the norms and values' of the United States as president.  ? Subscribe to NowThis: ..., From YouTubeVideos

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       Friday, May 10, 2019
How Does Trump Destroy the US? Let Me Count the Ways: Rep Raskin, D-MD (Video) In an amazing three minutes, Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) passionately recounts the ways that Trump is destroying America.

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