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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 (27 Articles, 127148 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.
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 (10 Articles, 25125 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 (27 Articles, 127148 views), Redacted Tonight (1 Articles, 2504 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, 2009 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 (14 Articles, 34929 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 (14 Articles, 34929 views)
Helena Frosts Historic Ocean View Beach (Video)
Helena has hit the historic coastal Ocean View area of Norfolk, VA with high winds and more snow than the area has seen in a long while. Local videographer Paul Unger posted this video of pre-dawn and mid morning shots of the blizzard in this funky and friendly beach town. Most of the images are along Ocean View Ave., which runs along the beach and the Chesapeake Bay. Series: Norfolk / Tidewater Area Virginia (3 Articles, 3481 views)
Wednesday, January 4, 2017(9 comments)
Tim Black: Why Social Justice Warriors are Useless
Tim Black is the passionate voice of progressive reason. He spouts smart, no-frills opinion that matters. Today he addressed the issue of Social Justice Warriors. Insights worth listening to. But don't take my word for it. Find out why Social Justice Warriors aren't helping anything in Tim's brilliant four-minute rant: Series: Tim Black (4 Articles, 3499 views)
Is Susan Collins our best choice for President?
Stephen Dinan, CEO of The Shift Network, offers this intriguing surprise ending to the 2016 Presidential Election Debacle: Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) for President. She has been described as "one of the last survivors of a once common species of moderate Northeastern Republican...(she) is considered a bipartisan and centrist member of the Republican Party, and an influential player in the U.S. Senate."
Thursday, December 15, 2016(6 comments)
Tea Partier Joe Walsh Blasts "Treasonous" Trump
Former Republican Congressman and Tea-Partier, prominent conservative radio host Joe Walsh, called Trump out in an interview with Brooke Baldwin on CNN. Walsh characterized Trump's attacks on the intelligence community after release of information about Russian hacking of the election, as verging on treason.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016(74 comments)
Electoral College's Job is to Protect U.S. From a Demagogue
The Electoral College was created as a fail-safe emergency break that was meant to protect the country from a demagogue. Elector Brett Chiafalo says, "You may think that the Electoral College is supposed to rubber-stamp the winner of the election. That is not the case. In fact that is the opposite of what the Founders intended. They intended for us to subject the winner of the election to exhaustive scrutiny, and if the candid
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Slovenia Amends Constitution, Declares Water a Human Right
Slovenia has amended their Constitution in order to protect their water supply from predatory commercialization by declaring it "a public good managed by the state" and "not a commodity." Their Prime Minister called water "the 21st Century's liquid gold." They may be trying to protect themselves from people like Nestle's former CEO Peter Brabeck, who has said that water is not a public right and should be privatized. (video)
Sunday, December 11, 2016(32 comments)
We the People Demand a New Vote
Myra Slotnick's change.org petition, We the People Demand a New Vote, was posted on Saturday, and by Sunday, had over 45,000 signatures.
Friday, December 9, 2016(15 comments)
Miracle at Standing Rock
Veterans and Water Protectors at Standing Rock: If you weren't watching between the lines carefully, you might have missed the most important miracle in the last couple of centuries-- the beginning of healing the soul of America. Series: Standing Rock (15 Articles, 42717 views), Standing Rock (15 Articles, 42717 views), Standing Rock (15 Articles, 42717 views) (View All Series)
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Elections that Went to Pot: It's a Good Thing!
The good news from the November 2016 elections is that more Americans will have access to medical and recreational marijuana. We've invited Norma Eckroate, the author of the groundbreaking book, "The Medical Marijuana Handbook: A Patient's Guide to Holistic Healing with Cannabis" to weigh in on why so many people are, for the first time, flocking to this natural herb as a healing solution. Series: Health & Wellbeing (9 Articles, 64721 views), Plant-Centered Diet (8 Articles, 15833 views)
NEWSFLASH: Livestream of Attack on Standing Rock Water Protectors
The peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock are being attacked. Kevin Gilbertt has been livestreaming the attacks since approx. 10 pm Eastern time on his Facebook page. Facebook commenters report that the temperature is around 26 degrees and the water protectors are being attacked with water cannons. Series: Standing Rock (15 Articles, 42717 views)
Thursday, November 17, 2016(13 comments)
A Post-Election Sanctuary Experience
My first day out after Election Day wasn't until the weekend, due to recovering from oral surgery. But I was all out of applesauce, almond milk and nondairy pudding, so I went grocery shopping. And remarkable things happened.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016(2 comments)
No DAPL: Dakota Access Pipeline Day of Action
Bernie Sanders' Our Revolution called for a NoDAPL (No Dakota Access Pipeline) day of solidarity action and rally on Nov 15, across the nation. Here's how one community in Virginia showed support. Series: Standing Rock (15 Articles, 42717 views)
Monday, November 14, 2016(6 comments)
Some days I want to whack my friends on the side of the head
Both sides of the current post-election debate are holding on blindly to their self-righteous sliver of perspective without any willingness to entertain the possibility that someone could have a different, yet still valid, viewpoint. There are 359 other degrees of perspective out there. Try one-like this viewpoint from a female, Muslim immigrant who voted for Trump.
Sunday, November 13, 2016(4 comments)
Change or no change? Post-Election Comfort for a Friend
Here's my response this morning to a Facebook friend who posted a weary and frustrated post, ending with "Nothing has changed." From where I sit, I see change...it's a little hard to identify the details since everythig seems to be in a chaotic clusterf*ck right now. But things have changed...
Saturday, November 12, 2016
The Good News Of The Election (video)
In Redacted Tonight's election week special, Lee Camp plays the "Blame Game," analyzing who bears the blame for the "humiliating and deplorable results of the election." Wait 'til you see who he places in the number one position! Camp and cohorts keep you laughing while also focusing on what was good about this election, including an excellent rundown of positive outcomes in many state ballot measures. (video)
Sanders' First Interview Since Election
In Bernie Sanders' first public interview since election night, he talks with Wolf Blitzer. Of course Blitzer angles for sensationalism when he prods Sanders not once, but twice, asking if Bernie thought he would have beat Trump. Listen to what Bernie says! Series: Bernie Sanders (27 Articles, 127148 views)
Thursday, November 10, 2016(15 comments)
From Elizabeth Warren: the President-Elect
Donald Trump won the Presidency under a Republican flag. But Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and the Republicans in Congress -- and their way of doing business -- were rejected -- rejected by their own primary voters, rejected during the campaign, and rejected in Tuesday's election. Regardless of political party, working families are disgusted by a Washington that works for the rich and powerful and leaves everyone else behind.
They Shoot Journalists, Don't They? Terrorism at Standing Rock
Journalist and citizen activist Erin Schrode was peacefully filming an interview with a Standing Rock Water Protector when she was shot in the back with a rubber bullet by militarized police onsite. Rubber bullets, in spite of their relatively benign-sounding name, can cause death or severe injury. Series: Standing Rock (15 Articles, 42717 views)
Meditation Flashmobs Planned for Election Day
Elevate The Vote is activating synchronized flashmob meditations at polling stations across the United States on Election Day, Nov 8th, at 3 pm Pacific Time, 6 pm Eastern Time. Over 21,000 people in every US state, and in +20 countries, have already registered to meditate to "raise the vibration of the U.S. Election."
Visions of "Lifting the US Election"
My amazing experience and vision when I meditated at 7 pm NY time on Sunday Nov 6, along with millions around the world in a 15-minute synchronized meditation focusing on "Lifting the US Election."
Saturday, November 5, 2016(5 comments)
Insights from Tim Black's Call-in Show Nov 4
Progressive News with Tim Black's bottom-up style call-in show, Freedom Friday, included some sparkling gems from Tim, as always, and several great call-in comments, on Friday Nov. 4. One is transcribed, here. Series: Tim Black (4 Articles, 3499 views)
Friday, November 4, 2016(10 comments)
The Cubs and the Magic of 108
108 was a magic number even before the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series, ending the "longest championship drought in North American professional sports." The win came 108 years after their last pennant win in 1908. The Cubs' 2016 win came in the 10th inning with 8 runs. Was it coincidence or destiny?
Tuesday, November 1, 2016(6 comments)
Need a Dose of Positivity?
November is Posi Music Month at emPower Music & Arts, and not a moment too soon, considering the current political environment. Take the "Posi Music Challenge" by listening to only positive music for the month of November and see how your life changes for the better! And you get two free music downloads every day of the month. You can't lose anything but your negativity. Series: Positive Music (10 Articles, 23548 views)
Friday, October 28, 2016
What's NaNoWriMo? Your Story. 30 Days. Try it.
Stories matter. That's the premise behind National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which began in 1999, and occurs annually in November. Participants commit to pounding out 1200 words a day, and a surprising number of them end up with NY Times bestsellers.
Sunday, September 11, 2016(4 comments)
Horse-Power: Healing from 9-11
I was raised in New York, and my elementary school buddy, Tommy, grew up to be a horseman and wonderful writer. His musings on 9-11 are stunning and poignant, and I share them here, with permission, from his blog, "a monthly series of reflections of my horse-related experiences at our small horse facility in suburban Long Island, NY, which we call Dreamcatcher Farm"
Thursday, September 8, 2016(9 comments)
Atrocities at Standing Rock: What We All Can Do
I observed the Labor Day weekend events at Standing Rock in horror, where our unarmed Native brothers and sisters are standing down to protect the purity of water for the whole land. Men, women and children have been maced, attacked with dogs, and have had to watch their sacred and archeologically significant buriel grounds and ceremonial sites get bulldozed into oblivion by a pipeline company determined to rape Mother Eart Series: Standing Rock (15 Articles, 42717 views)
Emergency Federal Hearing After Destruction of Sacred Native Sites
After the allegedly unlawful destruction of Native sacred sites over the holiday weekend, a federal judge ordered an emergency hearing for Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 3 pm in the Federal Courthouse, Wash DC. The losses of important archeological and sacred items were described as "devastating." The sites were in the direct path of the proposed Dakota pipeline. Series: Standing Rock (15 Articles, 42717 views)
Travesty at Standing Rock: Destruction of Sacred Sites
Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network explains the details behind the incidents on Saturday and Sunday at Standing Rock, in which Dakota Access bulldozed sacred graves and ceremonial sites. Apparently the holiday weekend was chosen so that the sites, which were in the direct path of the pipeline, could be destroyed before the business week when an injunction could have been forthcoming. Series: Standing Rock (15 Articles, 42717 views)