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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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1950s_Julius_and_Ethel_Rosenbe rg_NYWTS, From FlickrPhotos
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 12, 2022
Nuclear Documents at Mar-A-Lago? Classified nuclear weapons documents may be among the items searched for at Mar-a-Lago.
Justice Matters Still shot from video, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 28, 2022
New data points indicate DOJ has Trump in its criminal sights Blockbuster reporting in the Washington Post reveals several data points that lead to the inescapable conclusion that Donald Trump is under criminal federal investigation.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 27, 2022
The Truth About SCOTUS - Video A US Supreme Court promotional ad--surprisingly honest and informative about "the best government money can buy" (as Mark Twain characterized it.)
Still shot from Sedition video below, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 26, 2022
SEDITION! - A Randy Rainbow Parody, just as good the 2nd time around Over a year after the insurrection and Randy Rainbow's parody of the song "Tradition" from "Fiddler on the Roof" is just as wonderful and as needed as it was when first posted. Clever, creative, on point and perfect in every way: "SEDITION! - A Randy Rainbow Parody."
Watch: Jan. 6 Hearing Room Laughs At Video Of Josh Hawley Fleeing Capitol Riot The January 6 committee played a clip of Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., fleeing during the Capitol riot that drew laughs from those ..., From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 23, 2022
Elaine Luria's Fabulous Finale to the Summer Jan 6 Hearings Elaine Luria is my Congresswoman here in Virginia's 2nd District, and I'm so proud of her, and grateful for what she has added to the Jan 6 Committee.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 22, 2022
Josh Hawley Caught on Video Running Away From Insurrectionists Josh Hawley, the Missouri Republican who raised his fist in solidarity with a crowd of Trump supporters outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, was caught fleeing the same rioters he encouraged. Twitter has fun with the video footage.
Collage by Meryl Ann Butler of public domain images, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 21, 2022
The Art of Voting Well There are many good reasons to vote this November, the impact of the arts is one of them. The Americans for the Arts Action Fund offers valuable Factsheets on both voting and arts impact info for every state.
Series: Art & Creativity (113 Articles, 241714 views), Health & Wellbeing (16 Articles, 86084 views)
2021 storming of the United States Capitol DSC09156 collage., From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 14, 2022
"Pure Fire": Jamie Raskin's closing statement at Jan 6 Insurrection Committee "Raskin's closing was pure fire."..."Jamie Raskin's closing statement at the Jan 6 hearing is one of the most powerful speeches any member of Congress has given in recent history."
Sister Simone Campbell of %22Nuns On The Bus%22., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 8, 2022
"Nun on the Bus" Sr. Simone Campbell Receives Pres. Medal of Freedom Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, an outspoken advocate for social justice has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our country's highest civilian honor. Sr. Campbell is a Roman Catholic nun, lawyer, lobbyist, and former executive director of the NETWORK social justice lobby.
Mick Wallace in 2019., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 7, 2022
Looking at US Human Rights Violation at the UN In a UN Plenary, an Irish politician blasts America for not being a functioning democracy.
Meadow, From PixabayPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Rabindranath Tagore: Poetry to Soothe the Soul A prayer for country: poetry to soothe the soul by Rabindranath Tagore
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 4, 2022
With Liberty and Justice for All With Liberty and Justice for All-- Let's make it happen.
We All Just Need to Gong video poster, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 4, 2022
Gong for Health - Online Movie Free for Limited Time Gong for health- see the movie about the scientifically proven healing power of the gong for free, for a limited time
Bernie Sanders in March 2020., From MyPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 2, 2022
Sanders' Proposal to Increase Social Security Benefits by $200 Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren's new Social Security expansion plan eliminates Social Security's funding shortfall while increasing benefits across the board.
Series: Bernie Sanders (47 Articles, 178271 views)
No More Hangers, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 25, 2022
Creative Solution for Continuing Women's Health Care There is always more than one way to solve a problem.
Rossville Church Cemetery, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 12, 2022
Voices of the Departed: Gravesite Mysteries of the Civil War and More Unraveling some exciting ancestral mysteries that a graveyard in upstate NY has to offer.
Series: Ancestors, History/HERstory (4 Articles, 6413 views)
Somali boy receives a polio vaccination., From WikimediaPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Doctors Release Protocol for Management of Vaccine-Injured Patients Dr. Pierre Kory and Dr. Paul Marik of The Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) have just introduced their new treatment approach for the vaccine-injured, based on the postulated pathogenetic mechanism, clinical observation, and patient anecdotes.
Family of Hezekiah and Catherine Harris at their gravesite, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 29, 2022
Unraveling A Memorial Day Mystery A Civil War casualty, a photo, and a longtime mystery solved.
Series: My Personal Journey (8 Articles, 14305 views), Ancestors, History/HERstory (4 Articles, 6413 views), Veterans (8 Articles, 17753 views) (View All Series)
Beto O%27Rourke April 2019., From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 26, 2022
Beto: Speaking Truth to Power Beto speaks truth to power. Note that while those on stage are yelling and bullying, Beto doesn't appear to even raise his voice.
Beatles wearing their yellow sub peace buttons designed by NY Workshop in Nonviolence, launch party for the Sgt. Pepper album at Brian Epstein's home, May, 1967. Bottom: The LIGHT Bus, From Uploaded
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 7, 2022
The Beatles, Woodstock & Rock 'n Roll: Still Seeking Pepperland's Hip Utopia Authors Dr. Robert R. Hieronimus, Ph.D., and Laura E. Cortner are here to take you on a trip in the Beatles' Yellow Submarine and a cosmically painted VW microbus on a flashback to the psychedelic sixties. Far out!
Series: Happiness (6 Articles, 18148 views), Art & Creativity (113 Articles, 241714 views)

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