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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 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 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. OpEdNews Senior Editor Joan Brunwasser interviewed Meryl Ann in "Beyond Surviving: How to Thrive in Challenging Times" at 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 On Feb 11, 2017, Senior Editor Joan Brunwasser interviewed Meryl Ann in Pink Power: Sister March, Norfolk, VA at*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 Archived articles Older archived articles, from before May 2005 are here.

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Detail from FBI-Gabrielle Petito., From Uploaded
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Gabby Petito: A Young Life, an Early Death and Abuse "In recent days, the tragic events involving Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie have given us a lot to learn...I'm hoping we can use this tragedy to shift the way we as a culture approach the complicated issue of domestic abuse." - Julie Perkins Cantrell, NYT bestselling novelist
Series: Women's Rights (8 Articles, 19233 views), Toxic Patriarchy (12 Articles, 40384 views)
Bernie Sanders in March 2020., From MyPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 6, 2021
Happy Birthday (almost) Bernie! Bernie Sanders is the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history, I trust this is paving the way for a third party. His 80th birthday is on September 8th. It's not too late to send a card if you're inclined.
Series: Bernie Sanders (46 Articles, 173529 views)
Cindy and Ed Asner, From Uploaded
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 29, 2021
Ed Asner (1929-2021) I met Ed Asner a couple of times while working on Dennis Kucinich's presidential campaigns.
Heartlight by Meryl Ann Butler, From Uploaded
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 27, 2021
How a Human Heart can Create Visible Light Humans are more powerful beings than they realize. Researchers at the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen, Germany (1997) showed that focused meditation can produce visible light from the heart. Yep. Light you can actually see.
Afghan Rescue Mission, From Uploaded
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 20, 2021
Memer Raises $6+ Million to Rescue Targeted Afghans Viral meme artist Quentin Quarantino (his pandemic pen name) has raised over $6.25 million in two days to help fly at-risk asylum seekers out of Afghanistan. The hugely successful GoFundMe campaign raised $550,000 in the first two hours, and the total exceeded $5 million after the first day.
Dan Price, Founder & CEO of Gravity Payments, From FlickrPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 17, 2021
CEO Ridiculed for Raising Minimum Wage to $70K Has the Last Laugh Six years ago, Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price discovered one of his employees was working a second job to make ends meet. His response? He gave her, and ultimately everyone in the company a raise to $70,000 per year. He paid for it by dropping his own $1.1 million salary to $70,000.
Series: Good Deeds (6 Articles, 268678 views)
Sweet-Ass Affirmations card, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 8, 2021
Moving out of Pandemic Mode with Sweet-Ass Affirmations Inspirational affirmations can be useful at any time, but especially now, as we begin to pull out of pandemic mode. But if the average set of affirmation cards is a little too genteel fo you, you might be ready for Rage Create's fun and funky "Sweet-Ass Affirmation Cards."
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 22, 2021
Jeff Bezos Rides a Giant Dildo into Space and the Twittersphere Explodes Jeff Bezos rides a giant dildo into space and the Twittersphere explodes. But the big question is, can his rocket make up for what might be lacking?
The AirCar aflight, screen grab from video, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 6, 2021
The Flying Car of the Future has Arrived The flying car is now a reality. On June 28th, 2021, the vehicle flew from one international airport to another in a 35-minute flight, which was also its 142nd successful landing, and then drove off the runway onto the highway.
Mike Gravel by Gage Skidmore., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 5, 2021
Senator Mike Gravel, 1930-2021 Remembrances of Senator Mike Gravel upon his passing.
My sweet baby Prius, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 1, 2021
A Love Affair Ends Badly: Leaving Toyota One of the 50 ways to leave a lover: here's my "Dear John" letter to Toyota.
Hezekiah Harris, seated, with son and wife Catherine Griffin Harris, From Uploaded
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 31, 2021
My Civil War Ancestors: Memorial Day Reflections Two of my ancestors fought in the Civil War, one lived through it, the other one didn't.
Classical Labyrinth, From MyPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 24, 2021
13th Annual World Labyrinth Day Offers Healing and Wellbeing on May 1 The 13th annual World Labyrinth Day is on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Walking a labyrinth lowers blood pressure; reduces insomnia, chronic pain and stress, and enhances wellbeing. Here's how you can find out more!
Series: Labyrinths and WLD #LabyrinthDay (15 Articles, 49882 views)
happiness, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 23, 2021
Choosing Joy: 50 Simple Pleasures to Select From Here's a list of the top fifty simple pleasures of life, how many can you comfortably add to your experience this week?
Series: Happiness (5 Articles, 16011 views)
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Earth Day is Now Over a Half-Century Old: Looking Back at the Beginnings Earth Day is over a half-century old- a look at 1970, the year it was born.
Books by Robin Rose Bennett, From MyPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 19, 2021
Happiness Tips from the Green Witch of NY The Happiness Recipe Show is offering authentic stories from twenty or so experts in different fields, dedicated to revealing ways to move and grow through our challenges, and capture joy! Free to attend this week!
Series: Green Living (11 Articles, 32536 views), Happiness (5 Articles, 16011 views)
Sybil Ludington, statue by Anna Hyatt Huntington (color added), From MyPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 17, 2021
On the 18th of April in '75... Who is the young heroine referred to as the female Paul Revere?
Series: Sheros (25 Articles, 51991 views), HERstory (18 Articles, 43251 views)
Battle-Star-Galactica-bernie-s anders-mittens-meme, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 9, 2021
What Do Ya Do With a Bernie Sanders? Music Video Parody There are some good things that never seem to end, and thank goodness! What Do Ya Do With a Bernie Sanders? is The Cog is Dead's video parody of sea shanty "Drunken Sailor," all about Bernie Sanders in mittens! Enjoy!
Series: Bernie Sanders (46 Articles, 173529 views), Humor (3 Articles, 4049 views), Music (16 Articles, 37914 views) (View All Series)
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 8, 2021
Affordable Solar Powered Car with 1K mile range available in 2021 The car of the future is here - a solar/electric powered vehicle with a 1K range for about the price of a Prius.
Series: Green Living (11 Articles, 32536 views)
DSC_0313, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Trump reinstated glyphosate, sign this petition to support its removal Just before leaving office, Trump approved seven dangerous pesticides for use in the US. These pesticides, including glyphosate, atrazine, and aldicarb, have been banned in other countries. They harm farmworkers, children, pets, and pollinators. Sign this petition to alert the new head of the EPA if you want to remove these toxins.

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