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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
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.
Virginia Dems Sweep Elections: Singing the Blues is a Good Thing
Virginia flips from red to blue, electing the first transgender individual to a state legislative body in the nation, and electing Virginia's first Democratic Socialist, first Asian-American woman to the House, and first Latinas to the House. And paper ballots were in use for the first time in my city. The tide seems to have turned.
How Homeless Entrepreneurs Create Business Success
People who are experiencing homelessness are successfully learning skills and receiving valuable support in building their businesses in "The Homeless Entrepreneur--The Suitcase to Briefcase Program" in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Capitalism is the Problem
International capitalism is now facing contradictions that are built into the system and were recognized by Karl Marx already 150 years ago. To stay competitive, the capitalists suppress wages. But then the workers don't have enough money to buy their products. To solve this problem, Western consumers went into massive debt. But at some point the debt must be paid...
Analysis by Marxist Econ Prof Richard D. Wolff.
How to Identify Credit Card Skimming Devices
Credit card skimmers on gas pumps or ATM machines are actually card readers that steal the data off the magnetic strip. In addition, a tiny camera may be installed to videotape you as you type in your zip code or PIN, which makes it easier for the thief to use the data. A false keypad can also collect this information. These devices can be detectable if you know what you are looking for. Two videos show how to check.
4th Navy Warship Accident During Trump Admin, 10 Missing
The USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel early this morning in the fourth Navy warship accident since Trump took office. Ten sailors are missing, five were injured, four of those are in a Singapore hospital. President Trump told reporters, "That's too bad." Series: Nautical & Maritime (6 Articles, 10566 views)
Monuments that Offend: To remove, or not?
Perhaps the obvious choices of retaining, removing or destroying these statues might not be the only possibilities. As a visual artist, I do consider the context of art history as well as political history when observing these issues. The best answer might be something that hasn't been considered yet. Series: Charlottesville Terror Attack (6 Articles, 16891 views)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017(2 comments)
Counter-Couture: Hippie Funk & Flash, and the Summer of Love -- What We Can Learn
"Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture" is on exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design through Aug. 20. The context from which this art emerged was civil rights activism, feminism and an extended, illegal war. Young people were protesting social and political injustice. As we cycle around these same topics again, this exhibit offers delicious food for thought, including the healing power of art. Series: Art & Creativity (23 Articles, 52575 views), Quilting and Fiber Arts (11 Articles, 28471 views)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017(5 comments)
Messages of Forgiveness from Heather Heyer's Parents
Heather Heyer's mother and father apparently lived fairly quiet lives until their daughter was killed, upon which they were thrust into the limelight, interviewed only hours after they lost their daughter. They each look like someone you might stand behind in the grocery store and never really notice, but don't let that fool you. These people are giants of the soul. (Videos) Series: Charlottesville Terror Attack (6 Articles, 16891 views)
Maher Nails It in Hilarious Clip
Bill Maher wonders "what if i could actually show Republicans what it would look like if Obama had actually said some of the things that Trump has said." He gets a little help from Obama impersonator, Reggie Brown, in this hilarious clip.
Caution: X-Rated Coloring Books for Stressed Out Adults
Fed up with politics? Work? Life? Coloring lowers stress! National Coloring Book Day is August 2. Adult coloring has become a huge craze, and no wonder! Coloring is a fun, relaxing respite from the stresses of the day. Get some colored pencils and some nice swear word coloring books and start coloring! Series: Art & Creativity (23 Articles, 52575 views)
Sunday, July 30, 2017(3 comments)
Scaramucci Timeline: A Rocky Road
Anthony Scaramucci's tumultous road seems to have its foundation in personal as well as pubic incidents. It behooves the American people to understand the backstory and unusual circumstances in a public servant's private life, as it can profoundly affect the wellbeing of the country. A selected timeline follows:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017(2 comments)
Fed up with bad news? Join the Upwising!
If you are feeling dumped on and Trumped on, consider addressing the gravity of the situation with a little levity. Cosmic comic, Swami Beyondananda is offering a live, online, call-in event on Thursday, July 27, during which he promises to answer questions with questionalble answers as he strives to "cultivate the 'cosmic comic consciousness' necessary to process our current political 'sh*t-uation.'"
Monday, July 10, 2017(2 comments)
A Dazzling Walk on the Wild Side with Photographer Michael Nichols
Award-winning, Nat Geo photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols, has captured some of the most remote regions of the world, inspiring the viewer with breathtaking images. The exhibition, Wild: Michael Nichols, currently on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, presents our planet's miraculous beauty and inspires us to preserve it.
Saturday, July 8, 2017(1 comments)
A Second Chance to be Inspired by Thomas Paine on PBS
Thomas Paine's radical voice inspired the first American Revolution. His passionate words are just as appropriate today, and have been given vibrant life by Ian Ruskin in the one-man play, Thomas Paine's To Begin the World Over Again. If you missed the PBS broadcast last week, you have another chance: many PBS stations across the US are rebroadcasting this film on July 9th Series: Ian Ruskin (4 Articles, 5688 views)
Tuesday, July 4, 2017(22 comments)
Restoring the Feminine Face of America
America, like every country, was born with a masculine and feminine side. But our feminine aspects of compassion and grace seem nearly lost to us today amidst our current state of patriarchy, reveling in its own bullying and abuse. After restoring the damage that time inflicted on the Statue of Liberty, it is now time for the restoration of the soul of America. Series: Feminine Rising (18 Articles, 43890 views), HERstory (10 Articles, 20699 views)
Saturday, July 1, 2017(15 comments)
America's Birthday: Fueling the 2nd Revolution with Paine's Passion
Thomas Paine's radical voice inspired the first American Revolution and earned the undying appreciation of George Washington and the rebelling colonists. His words, in "Common Sense" and other writings, are just as relevant for America's 2nd Revolution today, and have been brought to life in "Thomas Paine's To Begin the World Over Again." The film will air on PBS to about 200 million viewers over the July 4th holiday Series: Ian Ruskin (4 Articles, 5688 views)
Walk for Peace on World Labyrinth Day: May 6
The Labyrinth Society invites everyone to celebrate World Labyrinth Day by taking steps for peace during the global "Walk as One at 1" (1 o'clock pm local time), joining others around the world to create a wave of peaceful energy flowing across the time zones. Series: Labyrinths (10 Articles, 35520 views)
Monday, April 24, 2017(1 comments)
Science in Defiance: Marches go Global on Earth Day
There were over 600 marches around the US on Earth Day, with over 170 organizations partnering with March for Science. Additional marches covered the globe from the North Pole to Antarctica. Clever signs included "Facts trump fiction!"
Sunday, April 23, 2017(6 comments)
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science in America
astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson posted this video on his Facebook page, with the following words: "Dear Facebook Universe, I offer this four-minute video on "Science in America" containing what may be the most important words I have ever spoken. As always, but especially these days, keep looking up."
No Foolin', April the Giraffe Ready to Calve on Live Cam: UPDATED
April is a 15-year-old pregnant giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY. She's been an internet sensation since February when she seemed ready to deliver and a live cam went up. The live feed has had 15 million views on YouTube with over 100,000 viewers at times. Finally, several weeks later, caretakers tell impatient cam viewers that birth is immanent. Series: April the Giraffe (3 Articles, 6690 views)
Saturday, March 25, 2017(6 comments)
What's in a Name? Sexism. Chauvinism. Discrimination.
An Italian Facebook group dedicated to discovering street and place names in Italy which honor women has expanded its search to the entire globe. The number of places named for women is discouragingly out of proportion, but this group is making an heroic (or, perhaps, heroine-ic) effort to change that. Series: Feminine Rising (18 Articles, 43890 views), HERstory (10 Articles, 20699 views)
Friday, March 10, 2017(13 comments)
Presidential P*ssy Grab Poster (Photos)
In his blog, Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, Jeremiah noted that on Tuesday night, "someone slathered the East Village with posters of the President of the United States explaining his method of sexual assault." The posters were quickly removed, but not before Jeremiah got photos. Series: Toxic Patriarchy (7 Articles, 27497 views)
Storyteller for Social Change
Award-winning filmmaker Valarie Kaur is a civil rights lawyer, media commentator, educator, activist and Sikh interfaith leader. Sikhism is a faith which inspires a commitment to social justice. Kaur founded the Revolutionary Love Project to champion "the ethic of love in an era of rage," and calls herself a "Storyteller for Social Change." Here she tells it like it is in a stunningly inspirational five minutes: Series: Art & Creativity (23 Articles, 52575 views)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017(11 comments)
Bernie Sanders Responds to President's Speech to Congress
In this response to the president's speech to Congress, Sanders addresses what was not said, as well as what was said. He also notes that as a result of the surge in citizen activism, the Republicans do not seem to be as "cocky" as before, about destroying citizens' benefits. Series: Bernie Sanders (30 Articles, 134205 views)
Tuesday, February 28, 2017(8 comments)
Gerrymandering's Insidious Power: Why Redistricting Matters
Gerrymandering has subtle but treacherous power: it allows the party in power to draw the lines of voting districts to serve their own interests, instead of serving the interests of constituents. In effect, the legislators choose their voters, instead of the voters choosing their legislators! Here's how Virginia is working on fixing it.
Live Cam: Laboring Giraffe About to Give Birth
April is a 15-year-old giraffe about to give birth at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY. She's had four calves, this is her fifth. At the time of this posting over 60,000 of her fans are watching the live cam and cheering her on. Series: April the Giraffe (3 Articles, 6690 views)
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Quilt Activism at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival
Quilters have had a history of activism, stitching their positions on everything from abolition to women's suffrage into their quilts. And among the art quilts and prizewinners at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, contemporary quiltmakers addressed Black Lives Matter, the Occupy movement, Standing Rock, and more: Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts (11 Articles, 28471 views)
Friday, February 10, 2017(47 comments)
Redacted Tonight: Former Sanders Staffer Wants To Create A New Party With Bernie
Redacted Tonight's Lee Camp interviews Nick Brana, Sanders' former national political outreach coordinator. Brana explains why drafting Sanders to lead a new political party, the People's Party, is feasible. He cited the meteoric rise of the Republican party, which emerged in 1854, had its first president, Lincoln, elected just 6 years later, and dominated the national political scene for nearly three quarters of a century. Series: Bernie Sanders (30 Articles, 134205 views), Redacted Tonight (1 Articles, 2602 views)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017(5 comments)
Hannity Calls Out Do-Nothing GOP
Sean Hannity angrily calls out the do-nothing GOP Congress: "I'm putting you Republicans on notice. Get your heads out of your asses and start serving the American people and start fulfilling the promises that you made years ago in 2010, 2014..."
Friday, February 3, 2017(19 comments)
Progressive Politics Weds Spirituality at Sister Giant Conference
Editor in Chief, Rob Kall, Managing Editor Meryl Ann Butler and Senior Editor Marta Steele are attending Marianne Williamson's Sister Giant event. This conference of approx 1700 people, with hopeful participants turned away at the door sue to lack of space. We've heard exciting, hopeful, unifying presentations on spirituality in politics. Series: Sister Giant Conference 2017 (2 Articles, 2192 views)
Women's March: How to Join in the Next Step
Over 5 million people around the world, including over a million in Washington DC, came together to raise a unified voice. Womensmarch.com notes, "But our march forward does not end here. Join us in launching a new campaign: 10 Actions for the first 100 Days." Series: Feminine Rising (18 Articles, 43890 views)
Sister Marches: Saturday Across the US & Around the World
Following in the tradition of the multitudes of women who have passionately worked for equal rights, Saturday's Women's March on Washington and her sister events around the US and the world promise to add voices to the ancient song. Find a march near you. Series: Feminine Rising (18 Articles, 43890 views)