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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

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Older archived articles, from before May 2005 are here.


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Norfolk Police Department Lip Sync Battle When it comes to facing the music, the Norfolk Police Department never backs down. After being challenged to a lip sync battle by the Corinth Police Department ..., From YouTubeVideos

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       Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Norfolk Police Win CBS Lip Sync Contest, Bag $100,000 Back in July, 2018, the Norfolk, Virginia Police Department rocked the national police department lip sync challenge with their rendition of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk. The video garnered more than 80 million views, and Monday night they won the CBS "Lip Sync to the Rescue" challenge, and $100,000.
Series: Norfolk / Tidewater Area Virginia (13 Articles, 21420 views), Art & Creativity (84 Articles, 173773 views)
Businesses need arts and culture to thrive., From InText

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       Friday, September 6, 2019
Study Highlights the Value of Art for Local Businesses and Communities You already knew it was true, but here's statistical proof. The arts and culture are not just fluff, they are essential foodstuff for hungry souls, and the artistic and creative presence in any community positively impacts sales and businesses in the area.
Series: Art & Creativity (84 Articles, 173773 views)
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       Thursday, September 5, 2019
Sharpie-Gate: When Art Trumps Reality "President Donald Trump has been widely mocked after he displayed a map showing Hurricane Dorian's projected path in the Oval Office which appeared to have been altered with a (Sharpie) marker pen to falsely show it was expected to hit Alabama" according to Newsweek. It is widely known that the president is not the sharpest Sharpie in the box. And thus was born the #SharpieGate movement.
Mayson and his mama, From InText

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       Monday, September 2, 2019
Mom of Special Needs Child Gets Her Wish - and More A Louisiana mom of special needs child gets her wish!
CHEETO CHRIST STUPID-CZAR - Randy Rainbow Song Parody SUBSCRIBE FOR THE LATEST RANDY RAINBOW VIDS!** RANDY RAINBOW LIVE ON TOUR!: FIND TICKETS HERE: randyrainbow.com/t our/  ..., From YouTubeVideos

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       Friday, August 30, 2019
Cheeto Christ, Superstar Here's more of the colorful genius of Randy Rainbow, a new National Anthem. Extra points if you love the 1970 rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar.
Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum Archives ..., From GoogleImages

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       Sunday, August 25, 2019
Groundbreaking Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, IA Four Directions, a Native American voting advocacy group run by Co-Executive Directors Barb & O.J. Semans, hosted the first "Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum," August 19 and 20 in Sioux City, Iowa. A non-partisan event, all major Democratic and Republican presidential candidates were invited to participate, including the president. Eleven Democratic hopefuls accepted the invitation to the historic event.
Mark Charles for President 2020 Announcement (Full) Ya''a't'e'e'h, my name is Mark Charles. I'm running as an Independent candidate for President and invite all Americans to help build a nation where, for the very ..., From YouTubeVideos

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       Sunday, August 25, 2019
Words of Deep Wisdom from Navajo Presidential Candidate Navajo Mark Charles is running for president as an Independent. He is articulate, passionate, sensible and engaging. Every word of his 8-minute video is packed with excellence, this is absolutely not to be missed.
Series: Native American Issues (6 Articles, 10846 views)
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.
Series: Art & Creativity (84 Articles, 173773 views)

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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, 36556 views), Art & Creativity (84 Articles, 173773 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 (84 Articles, 173773 views)

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