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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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Movie poster, 'The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir', From InText

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       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.
L-R: OEN Managing Editor, Meryl Ann Butler, OEN Senior Editor, Marta Steele, and Rob Kall, From InText

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       Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Behind the Scenes at OpEdNews with Editor-in-Chief Rob Kall OpEdNews Managing Editor Meryl Ann Butler turns the tables and interviews Editor-in-Chief Rob Kall on the beginnings of OEN, exciting high points, and Rob's new book.
Barbara and Oliver J. Semans Sr., Co-Executive Directors of Four Directions, Inc., From InText

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       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.
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       Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Trump Jr Gets Book Deal, Twitter Lights Up with Title Suggestions Twitter is alive with the sound of sarcasm under the hashtag #DonJrBookTitles
All the Ways Trump Has 'Destroyed the Norms' of American Life | NowThis Rep. Jamie Raskin listed all of the ways that Trump has 'destroyed the norms and values' of the United States as president.  ? Subscribe to NowThis: ..., From YouTubeVideos

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       Friday, May 10, 2019
How Does Trump Destroy the US? Let Me Count the Ways: Rep Raskin, D-MD (Video) In an amazing three minutes, Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) passionately recounts the ways that Trump is destroying America.
Kendrick Castillo | Wiki & Bio | Everipedia, From GoogleImages

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       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.
The author (L) and Anna Ebell (R) celebrate construction of the beach labyrinth., From InText

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       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, 40614 views)
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       Thursday, April 25, 2019
Celebrate Biden's Announcement with Me - Donate to Bernie! Joe Biden, 76, announced his entry into the 2020 Presidential arena today. I celebrated by making another donation to the Bernie Sanders campaign.
Series: Bernie Sanders (32 Articles, 141304 views)
Cory Booker Senate., From WikimediaPhotos

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       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.
Freshmen Democrat Leftists already wearing thin on establishment ..., From GoogleImages

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       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."
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       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.
Barbara Marx Hubbard, photographed for 'American Visionary: The Story of Barbara Marx Hubbard', 2012, From InText

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       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, 4369 views), Solutions Activism (5 Articles, 9774 views), Peace & Nonviolence (11 Articles, 17427 views) (View All Series)
Healing Music - Stream New Music on Audiomack, From GoogleImages

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       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, 76413 views)
Neopalpa male heads, From WikimediaPhotos

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       Sunday, March 24, 2019
"Border Wall" Moth: New Species Named after Trump A new species of moth was named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi after President Donald Trump. The insect can only be found on the coastal border area of the United States and Mexico.
Ilhan Omar - 2017 (cropped), From WikimediaPhotos

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       Sunday, March 24, 2019
Hate Speech in the WaPo and Who to Contact CodePink: The WaPo should promise to never again sell space in their paper for ads promoting any kind of hatred! Contact them now!
Michael Cohen Contradicts Trump's Excuse For Not Releasing His Taxes | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC Rachel Maddow shares a piece of Michael Cohen's testimony in Congress in which he explains that Donald Trump feared that releasing his taxes publicly would ..., From YouTubeVideos

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       Sunday, March 17, 2019
Gov't Blocks Preteen Refugee Rape Victims from Requested Abortions (Maddow) Beyond horrifying: Rachel Maddow reports exclusively on details of a newly obtained spreadsheet kept by the Trump administration's Office of Refugee Resettlement led by anti-abortion activist Scott Lloyd. The 28-page spreadsheet tracks the pregnancies of unaccompanied minor girls. Girls as young as 12 who were raped and had requested abortions were being effectively blocked from leaving the shelters to obtaining medical care.
A StudioEIS sculptor works on the clay version of the statue of Cockacoeske, From InText

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       Sunday, March 17, 2019
Voices from the Garden: The Virginia Women's Monument adds more statuary "Voices from the Garden: The Virginia Women's Monument," is the first monument of its kind in the country. This exciting HER-storical statuary of great women from Virginia's past will be approachable, interactive, life-sized bronzes arranged at eye level in an inviting, oval plaza. Here's a progress report.
Series: Virginia Women’s Memorial (2 Articles, 2011 views)
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       Monday, March 11, 2019
Bolivia's Pres. Morales: "Gov't Regulations to Curb Violence Against Women" Bolivian President Evo Morales announced a package of measures to promote gender equality and curb violence against women and children during the International Women's Day events in La Paz last week.
Series: Evo Morales (5 Articles, 19594 views)
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       Saturday, March 9, 2019
Arts Contribute $760+ Billion to US Economy New U.S. government data was released Tuesday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) showing that the arts contribute more than $760 billion to the U.S. economy.
Series: Art & Creativity (33 Articles, 75658 views)
Women on a Mission, Technology Meets Tradition The Awajn women in the village of Shampuyacu are reviving their culture and restoring their forest after decades of destruction. At the heart of their efforts: a ..., From YouTubeVideos

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       Friday, March 8, 2019
Women on a Mission: How Cell Phones are Preserving Indigenous Culture Armed with technology, indigenous women are preserving their past.

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