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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.
(3 comments) 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.
(7 comments) 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.
(4 comments) 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.
(5 comments) 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, 36243 views), Art & Creativity (35 Articles, 78465 views)
(4 comments) 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
(4 comments) 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.
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.
(3 comments) 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.
(5 comments) Friday, May 10, 2019 Hispanic Student Dies Protecting Beloved Classmates from Shooter
Colorado high school student, Kendrick Castillo died saving his classmates from a shooter. Kendrick, an only child, considered his classmates his family. He lunged at the shooter first, giving the other students precious moments to get to safety.
Sunday, April 28, 2019 World Labyrinth Day: May the Fourth Be With You
Saturday, May 4th is the 11th annual World Labyrinth Day (WLD) and you are invited to celebrate with thousands of people around the world! A labyrinth is an ancient, geometric pattern that has a single, meandering path that leads into the center and out again. Its design is based on a circle, the ancient symbol for healing, unity and wholeness. Series: Labyrinths and WLD #LabyrinthDay (12 Articles, 40681 views)
Saturday, April 20, 2019 Cory Booker's Office Posts Searchable Mueller Report
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker tweeted "The Trump administration posted an unsearchable pdf of the Mueller report so it would be harder for you to read. We made it easier. Here's a searchable version:"
You can read it online or download it at the link above.
Saturday, April 20, 2019 One Easy Tweet Toward Impeachment - the Moral Imperative, Now
Following the release of the redacted Mueller report, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, along with Reps. Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, announced that they are joining as co-sponsors of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib's resolution to start an impeachment investigation of President Trump. Michelle Goldberg says: "To not even try to impeach Trump is to collaborate in the Trumpian fiction that he has done nothing impeachable."
(2 comments) Monday, April 15, 2019 Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral in Flames
A fire started on the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris this morning, the roof and spire have collapsed into the nave.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 Futurist, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Dies at 89
Futurist and co-founder and president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, Barbara Marx Hubbard, passed away in Loveland, CO on April 10 at age 89. Deepak Chopra called her "the mother of conscious evolution for our time", and Neale Donald Walsch wrote her biography, "The Mother of Invention: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of You." Series: Spiritual Politics (4 Articles, 4403 views), Solutions Activism (5 Articles, 9836 views), Peace & Nonviolence (11 Articles, 17499 views) (View All Series)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety in 8 Minutes
Anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in North America. So many Americans are suffering from political anxiety that doctors have coined a term for their distress "Pres. Trump Stress Disorder" (PTSD.) Coping can be done via meds, therapy or yoga, but here's a quicker, easier way: Series: Health & Wellbeing (15 Articles, 76565 views)