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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.
The Bizarre Theft of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski's Miracle Cancer Cure
"Burzynski, the Movie" is the story of Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski, a physician/scientist who has baffled--and apparently terrified--the American cancer industry by his ability to cure "incurable" cancers consistently, inspiring the FDA's 14-year campaign of harassment against him, and the bizarre, ethically compromised actions of the National Cancer Institute, resulting in the theft of his patent. Series: Health & Wellbeing (9 Articles, 64718 views)
Does Sudden Sinkhole Portend a Nuclear-sized Explosion?
For many weeks, Corne and Grand Bayou residents warily noticed strange bubblings fron the watery depths, and they reported smelling burnt diesel fuel and sulfur. Then overnight, a sinkhole the size of three football fields appeared, swallowing scores of 100-foot tall cypress trees.
The beginning of a Grade B monster flick? No: real life in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole (22 Articles, 127046 views)
2012: The End of the World? Or the Beginning?
December 21st, 2012, is the end of the Aztec/Mayan calendar. Collisions with comets, conflagration, and cataclysms are predicted. A host of non-doomsday, positive thinkers and artisans to explore the mysteries of 2012.
Business Awards Go Green
The Sixth Annual American Business Awards-the only national, all-encompassing awards program honoring great performances in business-crowned the winners of America's "best in business," including a brand new, environmental category. Series: Green Living (9 Articles, 25671 views)
Dangerous Levels of Radium at Corne Bayou Sinkhole
Stuart Smith, one of the nation's leading environmental attorneys, says that Stanley Waligora, a New Mexico-based radiation protection consultant and leading authority on health risks of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) has confirmed that radium levels at Bayou Corne's sinkhole are NOT within safe limits. He says the levels are roughly 15 times higher than the state's acceptable level. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole (22 Articles, 127046 views)
Thursday, March 27, 2014(68 comments)
Ideas Worth Suppressing: Psi Wars and TED's Worst Nightmare
TED censored two TEDx videos that questioned the materialistic assumptions of modern science. Censorship was apparently based on the recommendations of an anonymous board. A group of Ph.Ds and MDs are now protesting TED’s actions as well as their seeming disregard for transparency. TED also similarly revoked a contract for a TEDx event just 2 weeks before the event. Craig Weiler explores the issues in his book Psi Wars. Series: Quantum Sciences (8 Articles, 37826 views), Interviews (15 Articles, 31733 views), Toxic Patriarchy (4 Articles, 19461 views) (View All Series)
Sunday, January 6, 2013(25 comments)
Rapist Alert: Will Ohio State U. & Ashland U. Do the Right Thing?
The silence is deafening as concerned parents, students and citizens wait for a response from Ohio State University and Ashland University concerning the schools' scholarship students who have admitted wrongdoing in a night-long kidnapping and gang rape of a young girl in Steubenville, Ohio. Includes a list of petitions to sign. UPDATE: Kent State reviews the status of an applicant who was involved in the inceident. Series: Rape Culture (4 Articles, 18837 views)
Hillary's on Stroke Medication: Is She at Risk?
There are an alarming number of indications that Hillary Clinton may have already had a stroke, and if she has, then that should be a public consideration in her race for a nomination, along with any other health issues.
May 2: First Annual World Labyrinth Day
The first Sat. in May has been established as World Labyrinth Day, a global day to celebrate the labyrinth. Enthusiasts around the globe are invited to "Walk as One at 1" by walking a labyrinth at 1:00 p.m. in local time zones, creating a wave of wellbeing flowing around the world. A labyrinth has a single (unicursal) path that is walked in order to enhance physical, psychological, or spiritual wellbeing. Series: Labyrinths (9 Articles, 33281 views)
Nina Hagen to moderate panel at international Iraq conference
The "Alternatives to War and Occupation: International Iraq Conference 2008" will take place at the Humboldt University and at the House of Democracy and Human Rights, in Berlin, March 7th 9th. Internationally acclaimed singer, entertainer, and peace activist, Nina Hagen, will moderate a panel discussion entitled "Forbidden Knowledge in a World Turned Upside-Down."
Friday, January 7, 2011(2 comments)
Positive Music Awards: A Fanfare of Harmony
The Sixth Annual emPower Posi Music Awards Celebration are designed to showcase contemporary musicians who create a significant body of affirmative music, and will take place January 14-17, 2011, in Orlando, FL. Series: Positive Music (10 Articles, 23544 views), Music (12 Articles, 28703 views)
Bayou Corne Sinkhole Still Swallowing Louisiana 3 Years Later
It's the biggest ongoing disaster in the United States you have never heard of. When the Bayou Corne sinkhole was discovered on Aug 3, 2012, it spanned a couple of acres. A year later it covered more than 24 acres and was 750 feet deep, and continued to expand. The evacuation order has been in effect for over three years. Now the sinkhole is over 32 acres. And no one seems to have a clue about how to fix it. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole (22 Articles, 127046 views)
Quantum Quilting: Gramma's Craft Goes Galactic
If quilting brings to mind a bevy of bespectacled grandmothers in their rocking chairs, a trip to Quilts, Inc.'s Long Beach Quilt Festival would have recalibrated your perspective. While it's true that the average "dedicated" quilter is 59 years old, grandma has tossed the pearls and support hose. Her artsy perspective and likely shock of lime green or fuschia hair may take the uninitiated by surprise. Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts (10 Articles, 25121 views)
Thursday, July 23, 2009(10 comments)
The Accidental Dancer: Where the Hell is Matt?
Matt Harding's quirky dance has been viewed nearly 75 million times online. He's been on Good Morning America, American Morning, The Early Show, Oprah and Ellen. What's the surprising secret to his success? Series: Dance (4 Articles, 12091 views)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013(13 comments)
Bolivia's Morales Addresses Imperialism, Terrorism and Social Justice in UN Speech - Video Update 2 pm
Bolivia's Pres. Evo Morales gave a rousing speech at the UN General Debate on Sept 25. He noted some of his achievements in almost 8 years, including decrease in mother/child mortality, complete eradication of illiteracy (as declared by UNESCO), and the elevation of 10% of his population out of poverty and into the middle class. And he took note of his imperialist brother to the north, asking, how does one fight terrorism? Series: Evo Morales (3 Articles, 15416 views)
Sunday, July 17, 2016(13 comments)
The Truth About Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders' cameraman, Mikki Willis, has had a unique opportunity to observe Bernie and Jane up close. He explains, with hopeful sanity, how Bernie's endorsement of Clinton makes perfect sense in the overall scheme. And find out more about how FDR won the nomination after endorsing the other candidate... Series: Bernie Sanders (27 Articles, 127119 views)
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Residents Run From Risks as Bayou Corne Sinkhole's Protective Berm Sinks
A portion of the berm around the unprecedented sinkhole in Bayou Corne, built to keep contaminated water from the sinkhole from seeping into the surrounding bayou area, is now underwater. On Monday June 4, about 400' - 500' of the berm apparently sank approximately six feet. Some residents who have stayed through the ordeal since August 4, 2012, are now leaving. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole (22 Articles, 127046 views)
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.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016(11 comments)
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, 42695 views)
WW2 Veterans Honored with Honor Flights to DC Monument
After years of discussion, over a half century of waiting, and a great deal of controversy, World War II veterans have been honored with a memorial in Washington DC, completed in 2004. Now volunteers are transporting senior veterans by the thousands to Washington. For most, it's one of the most important experiences in a long life. Series: My Dad (4 Articles, 7040 views), Veterans (5 Articles, 12209 views)
The Midnight Ride of ... Sybil Ludington
Sybil Ludington was from New York's Duchess County. She was younger and braver, but much less famous than Paul Revere. And unlike Revere, she did not have the support of other riders. In 1777, her courageous midnight ride may have single-handedly changed the course of American history. Why don't we know more about her? Series: HERstory (7 Articles, 13848 views), Feminine Rising (14 Articles, 34914 views), Sheros (21 Articles, 35707 views) (View All Series)
LA's Vagina Monologues: Eve Ensler and Dr. Denis Mukwege's 'Pain to Power' Tour
As part of V-Day's "Turning Pain to Power Tour," the University of Southern California's performance of The Vagina Monologues was followed by a discussion with the play's author, Eve Ensler, and Dr. Denis Mukwege, the OB-GYN who has been recognized for his groundbreaking work in treating rape survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Series: Women's Rights (6 Articles, 12551 views), Sheros (21 Articles, 35707 views)
A Love Story with an Unexpected Twist
Married for 27 years, Lise and Emil Stoessel celebrate Valentine's Day like many other couples - with romantic moments over dinner, holding hands and an exchange of heart-felt gifts. Then they'll share a goodnight kiss, as Emil drops Lise off at her townhouse before returning to his home, 5 miles away - they keep their marriage together by living apart. Lise Stoessel is the author of "Living Happily Ever After -- Separately. Series: Interviews (15 Articles, 31733 views)
Move Over, Monet: Quilt Art is Fine Art
As quilts evolve into greater acceptance as a fine art medium, more and more quilts are featuring the pictorial compositions that combine traditional art skills with textile techniques, like many of the examples shown in this article. The 25th annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, the largest quilt event on the East Coast, will be held Feb. 27 - Mar. 2, 2014, in Hampton, VA. Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts (10 Articles, 25121 views)
Marilyn Monroe: Lost Photos of America's Sweetheart Recovered
In August 1953 LOOK magazine documentary photographer, John Vachon, took over 100 stunning photos of Marilyn Monroe during two weeks, but only three were published in LOOK. The rest were forgotten for nearly 60 years. Recently rediscovered, they are available in "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos."
Tuesday, September 2, 2008(22 comments)
Is Bristol Palin the Sacrifice on Her Mother's Political Altar?
Is it just me, or does it seem like Americans are getting the run around lately, with stories that just don't seem to add up? Naturally, one or two oddities don't make a case for lies and deception. However, a critical mass of irregularities calls for some intelligent investigation and explanation.
Raw, Deep Wisdom from a Racially-Mixed Family's Mother
Kate Riffle Roper, as a white mother of five children (two black, three white, all of whom have a white father) has had a poignantly unique opportunity to observe and experience the day-to-day prejudices which are rampant in our society. She posted an arresting piece on Facebook (which follows) and I was appreciative that OEN was able to interview her.
Saturday, September 8, 2012(12 comments)
Surprising Socialist, Capitalist, and Masonic Roots of the Pledge of Allegiance
120 years ago today, The Pledge of Allegiance was first published in Youth's Companion, a family magazine that has been called, "the Reader's Digest of its day." The pledge was writtien by a Socialist Christian minister, Francis Bellamy, and James Upham, a Mason, for schoolchildren to recite on on Oct. 12, 1892, the quadricentennial of Columbus' arrival.
The Faces of the Ukrainian Uprising: the Ultimate Sacrifice
Not unlike the American Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, Ukrainian citizens - many young and full of energy and idealism - are fighting to declare independence from rich and unethical politicians and return the power to the people. Here are the faces of some who offered the ultimate sacrifice for independence and democracy. Series: Ukrainian Independence Movement (2 Articles, 7625 views)
Gallup: Hillary has Worst Favorability Rating in Dem History
In a video published on May 10, 2016, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks says that Hillary Clinton has the worst favoribility rating in Democrat history, according to a Gallup Poll. Her favorability rating last Fall was 63. By April it had dropped markedly to 36. Gallup, notes that Bernie Sanders has the "most positive rating for any candidate of either party at this point, by a large margin."
Wednesday, May 20, 2009(5 comments)
Frankie Manning: The Ambassador of Lindy Hop
Legendary Savoy ballroom dancer, Tony-award winning choreographer, and Lindy Hop ambassador, Frankie Manning, brought enthusiasm, joy, and innovation to changing the course of swing dancing during his career. He died of pneumonia just a month short of his 95th birthday at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital, on April 27, 2009. His most popular dance sequence is the one he choreographed and performed in for "Hellzapoppin'." Series: Black HIstory Month (3 Articles, 5757 views), Dance (4 Articles, 12091 views)
The Dawning of Political Change: Are You Ready?
A number of my friends and acquaintances are grieving over the possibility that they may have to choose between voting for a really bad crook and a really, really bad crook. Others are heartbroken that they were offered a brief glimpse of Camelot, only to have it snuffed out. Everyone seems scared or angry about what they think might happen. I have news for all of them. It ain't over til the fat lady sings. Here's why: Series: Bernie Sanders (27 Articles, 127119 views)
My Friend Decided to Die Last Week
My longtime friend decided to die last week, on the heels of the Spring Equinox, the archetypal moment of renewal and new life. He sent out a Facebook farewell with an invitation to his memorial service, scheduled for a few days after he would "pull the plug." Series: Aaron Winborn (2 Articles, 5385 views)
Friday, April 12, 2013(2 comments)
Experts Called in to Tackle Bayou Sinkhole Devastation
The 8-month old, continually growing sinkhole in Bayou Corne, Louisiana, is an unprecedented ecological event. Gov. Jindal called for the creation of a Blue Ribbon Committee to "provide science-based recommendations for public safety in the Bayou Corne area." The Blue Ribbon Commission Initial Technical Briefing was offered on April 5, at LSU. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole (22 Articles, 127046 views)
Relentless Two-Year-Old Sinkhole Still Swallowing the Bayou
August 3rd marks the 2-year anniversary of the discovery of the now-famous Bayou Corne sinkhole in Louisiana, the result of a Texas Brine salt dome failure. Ongoing work on the sinkhole gets halted regularly during increased levels of seismic activity. More than 350 people have been forced out of their homes since August 2012. The sinkhole continues to enlarge as it swallows more and more of the bayou environs. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole (22 Articles, 127046 views)
Monday, August 1, 2016(24 comments)
DNC Fraud Class Action Lawsuit
Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers are investigating potential class action claims by donors based on fraudulent conduct by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Were you defrauded? You can join the class action suit here. Series: Bernie Sanders (27 Articles, 127119 views), Peoples' Revolution (3 Articles, 4784 views)
Hillary's "Damn" Emails: Unraveling the Tangled Web
It's a tangled web - Guccifer's hack job into Hillary's email server, the Kremlin's recent statement that they have about 20,000 of Hillary's emails which they may release - which might include more of the missing emails than the US has - how do we unravel it so it makes some sense? Here's the answer.
Thursday, December 12, 2013(16 comments)
Million Milestone for OEN's Joan B
OpEdNews' Election Integrity Editor Joan Brunwasser hit a milestone last Sunday with a million views of her over 650 articles for OpEdNews. A large portion of her articles are interviews, so we turned the tables and interviewed her ! Series: Interviews (15 Articles, 31733 views), Positivity (11 Articles, 32492 views), Sheros (21 Articles, 35707 views) (View All Series)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010(13 comments)
What to Wear to the Rally of the New Millennium
On Sept. 16, Jon Stewart announced his "Rally to Restore Sanity," Sat Oct. 30, on the National Mall, noon til 3 pm. Casually dubbed The Million Moderate March, it's destined to be an event of comedic proportions.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013(8 comments)
Over 90 "Micro" Earthquakes Overnight at the Bayou Corne Sinkhole
Assumption Parish Police Jury reported that more than 90 "micro earthquakes" had occurred in the Bayou Corne sinkhole area overnight, calling it a "'spasmodic burst' which occurred at 1:34 am" on March 13. The report continued, "In addition, there were several observable long periods (VLP) events recorded on seismic monitor LA12. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole (22 Articles, 127046 views)
The Thanksgiving Farce and What We Can Do About It
The actual Thanksgiving story goes something like this: illegal immigrants came to this country, pretended to be friendly to the inhabitants as long as it served their purposes, then killed, mutilated and subjugated the original citizens. We cannot change the past, but we can change the effect it has on the future. This Thanksgiving, perhaps it's time to set intentions for actions we can be thankful for in the future. Series: Holiday Insights (4 Articles, 5788 views)
Monday, April 14, 2008(2 comments)
LEOPARD LOVE AND GODDESS BABES: A Birthday Seduction
It was lust at first sight! Oh! The sleek, sexy form ... The kiss of the wild ... The seductive embrace of luxury ... Yes, the very first moment I set eyes on that Leopard Limousine, I was in love. And just a few short weeks later, we were reunited; on my birthday; surrounded by goddesses. Series: Rites of Passage (2 Articles, 3894 views)
Sunday, May 3, 2009(12 comments)
Palestinian Student's Heartfelt Letter to Obama
An instructor at Birzeit University, the most prestigious university in Palestine, recently gave a class of English students an intriguing assignment: after they had researched President Obama's foreign policy on the Middle East, they were to compose a letter to him. One student takes the assignment to heart, and will surely touch yours.
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, 127119 views), Redacted Tonight (1 Articles, 2502 views)
How the Bible Supports Socialism
Anyone with the remotest understanding of the foundations of Christianity knows that the Bible has plenty of allusions to Socialistic perspectives. When conversing with Bible-thumping fans of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh, it can be useful to have a few of these quotations at your fingertips. Series: Spirituality & Religion (13 Articles, 39755 views)
"A Single Woman" Screens in Washington
Jeannette Rankin (R-MT), the world's first female Congresswoman, also co-founded the ACLU. Rankin was a suffragist, and peace activist, inspired by Gandhi. Elected to Congress twice, with over two decades between her terms, she was the only Congressperson to vote against both World Wars. A lifelong advocate for peace, she led a campaign against the Vietnam War in 1968, when she was 87 years old. Series: HERstory (7 Articles, 13848 views), Sheros (21 Articles, 35707 views)
Monday, January 21, 2008(5 comments)
PRESIDENTIALLY SPEAKING: The Power of Soulful Partnerships
History shows that high profile couples in deeply connected, soulful partnerships can empower the world through the ripple effect of their relationships, raising their roles of leadership to enhance the greater good. Couples who consciously make this choice invite the magic of synchronicity to dance into their everyday experience. See how the Washingtons, Adamses, Madisons, Carters and Kuciniches do it.
Sunday, October 9, 2011(5 comments)
Occupy Santa Fe: Photo Essay
Photo Essay: On Sat. Oct. 8, participants of Occupy Santa Fe gathered outside the Bank of America at the busy corner of Paseo de Peralta and St. Francis Drive. Series: Occupy Movement (6 Articles, 12613 views)
Thursday, May 2, 2013(23 comments)
Path of Peace and Magic: World Labyrinth Day, May 4
May 4th, 2013 is the 5th annual World Labyrinth Day (WLD) and people all around the world will participate by walking labyrinths. An initiative of The Labyrinth Society (TLS), World Labyrinth Day is celebrated every year on the first Saturday in May. You can particpate! Series: Labyrinths (9 Articles, 33281 views)
A Path of Peace Encircles the Globe on World Labyrinth Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015 marks the seventh annual World Labyrinth Day. An opportunity to connect with others throughout the world through time zone related activities, it is sponsored by the Labyrinth Society, an international organization of labyrinth enthusiasts. TLS invites people around the globe to share in a symbolic walk to encircle the planet with peace. Series: Labyrinths (9 Articles, 33281 views)
Sunday, November 20, 2016(15 comments)
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, 42695 views)
Wednesday, April 30, 2014(11 comments)
The Healing Power of the Circle: World Labyrinth Day, May 3
Labyrinths are walked for many reasons: to lower stress, create ceremony, pray or meditate and to promote wellbeing. World Labyrinth Day is an annual global event celebrated on the first Saturday in May. It was founded by The Labyrinth Society, which invites the world to "Walk As One at 1" as a way to co-create a wave of peaceful energy surrounding the planet. Series: Labyrinths (9 Articles, 33281 views)
Vintage Cinema: Fond Glimpses of Classic Beauties
1930s moviegoers were mesmerized by the magic of neon and murals even before the lights dimmed, and some of the grand "one-screen-wonder" cinema houses are restored to former beauty and still showing films today.
Friday, October 31, 2014(50 comments)
Herbal Secrets from the Green Witch of NY
Herbalist and educator, Robin Rose Bennett is the author of two newly published books: "The Gift of Healing Herbs" as well as "Healing Magic: A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living" (10th Anniv. Ed.) Herself a vibrant product of plant-based healing, she weaves together herbal wisdom, anecdotal stories and spiritual insights in her books & in this interview. Series: Green Living (9 Articles, 25671 views), Health & Wellbeing (9 Articles, 64718 views)
Friday, May 6, 2011(10 comments)
Walk As One at 1: World Labyrinth Day, May 7
World Labyrinth Day (WLD) is an annual global event celebrated each year on the first Saturday in May, sponsored by The Labyrinth Society, an international organization founded in 1998. Series: Labyrinths (9 Articles, 33281 views)
Thursday, February 14, 2013(18 comments)
Quilts Fly off the Bed, onto Gallery Walls
Gramma's quilts have crashed through the glass ceiling to take their place as a respected art form. Stunning examples can be viewed at various quilt shows around the country, including at the 24th Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival (MAQF), February 21-24, 2013, in Hampton, Virginia, which is the largest quilt event on the eastern seaboard. Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts (10 Articles, 25121 views)
Vermont High Schoolers Cut Fox "News" Down Over Ethics in Journalism
The Quantum Leap Exhibit Program at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, VT took a good look at FOX "News" in contrast to the published Ethics of Journalism per the Society of Professional Journalists. They concluded that FOX "News" failed miserably at practicing journalism on every level, as evidenced in their outstanding video, "Vermont High Schoolers Just Destroy Fox News About The Ethics Of Journalism." (Video) Series: Journalism (2 Articles, 3652 views), Solutions Activism (2 Articles, 4112 views)
Shaklee Plants Millionth Tree on Earth Day
In celebration of Earth Day, Shaklee Chairman and CEO, Roger Barnett, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai plant Shaklee's millionth tree. The event was the culmination of Shaklee's ''A MillionTrees. A Million Dreams'' Campaign, begun just three years ago. Series: Earth Day (4 Articles, 7937 views), Green Living (9 Articles, 25671 views)
Monday, December 1, 2014(36 comments)
How Thomas Paine Still Fights for the Soul of America
Ian Ruskin is an actor, playwright, and producer on a mission (in the words of Thomas Paine) "to begin the world over again." In his stunning performances, Ruskin shows us that Paine's ideas speak to a long & vital list of current issues. If he were alive today, this Founding Father would be in the front lines of the Occupy Movement. And through Ruskin, Paine's words continue to inspire from beyond the grave. Series: Interviews (15 Articles, 31733 views)
Thursday, August 29, 2013(17 comments)
Innovative Electric Drive System Has Only One Moving Part
A new scooter will be available by the end of the year with a proprietary electric drive system that has only one moving part. Unlike modern internal combustion engines, it has no gears, clutches, spark plugs, filters, belts, or oil and it doesn't need tune-ups.
Friday, August 30, 2013(15 comments)
Bolivia's Evo Morales Attacks Malnutrition with Incas' Sacred Grain
Evo Morales, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is reputed to have almost superhuman energy -- Is it because his favorite food is quinoa (KEEN-wah) soup, made with the mysterious sacred grain of the Incas? 2013 is the United Nations' International Year of Quinoa, a food that can help stamp out hunger and malnutrition. Series: Evo Morales (3 Articles, 15416 views), Plant-Centered Diet (8 Articles, 15831 views)
The Never-Ending Louisiana Sinkhole: Update
On August 3, 2012, a sinkhole the size of three football fields (approximately 4 acres) appeared overnight in Louisiana's Bayou Corne, swallowing countless 100-foot tall cypress trees. It was the result of an industrial "accident." Four years later the 180-foot deep sinkhole has displaced scores of residents and engulfed 35 acres. And it hasn't stopped growing. Victoria Greene is producing a feature documentary about it. Series: Bayou Corne Sinkhole (22 Articles, 127046 views)
Janet McKenzie: Sacred Art and the Feminine Spirit
Janet McKenzie's controversial painting, "Jesus of the People" was the first place winner of the National Catholic Reporter's global competition to identify an image of Jesus for the New Millennium. It has generated "shouts of praise and threats of death,", including hate mail and a demonstration by the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. The painting is currently on exhibit in the Vermont Festival of the Arts. Series: Interviews (15 Articles, 31733 views), Feminine Rising (14 Articles, 34914 views), Art & Creativity (19 Articles, 44516 views) (View All Series)
Did Robert Reich Drink the DNC Kool Aid?
Reich puts one foot in Hillary's camp. Radio host, internet talk show host, social commentator, political speaker and activist, Tim Black has a cogent, "not-to-be-missed" response. Series: Bernie Sanders (27 Articles, 127119 views)
Friday, May 6, 2016
How to Celebrate World Labyrinth Day: May 7
Sat., May 7 is the 8th annual World Labyrinth Day. The Labyrinth Society invites you to 'Walk as One at 1" (pm), joining other participants around the globe in creating a wave of peaceful energy encircling the earth. Here's how: Series: Labyrinths (9 Articles, 33281 views)
MY, MY, IT'S AMERICAN PIE: A Mother's Day Celebration
Department of Peace supporters across the country honored Mother's Day on Friday by delivering homemade "peace" pies to the local offices of their U.S. representatives and senators, urging support for landmark legislation to create a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence.
Thursday, March 20, 2014(12 comments)
Uppity Women in History/Herstory: Interview with Author Vicki Leon
Uppity woman Vicki Leon is the author of a series of inspiring books about "Uppity Women" through the ages. Engaging and humorous, as well as enlightening, the books are based on her meticulous research, yet it seems so very wrong to call them "HIS-torical." In this OpEdNews interview, Leon shares some of her uppity women stories, and how she started on the path to track them down. Series: Uppity Women Wednesdays (2 Articles, 2710 views), Sheros (21 Articles, 35707 views), HERstory (7 Articles, 13848 views) (View All Series)
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, 42695 views)
Thursday, May 3, 2012(5 comments)
Celebrate Peace on World Labyrinth Day: May 5
World Labyrinth Day is an annual global event celebrated each year on the first Saturday in May. The Labyrinth Society invites the world to "Walk As One at 1," an opportunity to share in a wave of peaceful energy encircling the planet. Series: Labyrinths (9 Articles, 33281 views)
Sunday, July 5, 2009(16 comments)
McKinney Relocated from Israeli Prison
At around noon on July 5, EST, a phone call, from a verifiable source, was received by a member of Cynthia McKinney's camp indicating that the American prisioners in Israel have been moved to a detainment facility closer to the Ben Gurion Airport.
Beyond Brokeback: "Out" West
The Autry National Center commemorated the fifth anniversary of the iconic film, Brokeback Mountain, on December 11th, as it completed the first successful year of its acclaimed "Out West at the Autry" program. Series: LGBT (4 Articles, 7808 views)
Beefcake and Broccoli: Texas Firefighters Go Veg!
If you've ever had to call the fire department, you know that one look at those smokin' hot gentlemen can make a gal's heart rate go up. But according to the New England Journal of Medicine, heart disease kills more firemen than fires. Here's what one fire station did to combat heart disease. Series: Plant-Centered Diet (8 Articles, 15831 views), Health & Wellbeing (9 Articles, 64718 views)
DIPPETY DOO DAH: A Parade Album of Celebratory Anarchy
The flamboyant, farcical Doo Dah parade was founded in 1976 as a sassy retort to Pasadena's prim and proper Tournament of Roses. Think Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade meets Burning Man-and if your synapses don't short out, you'll have an inkling of the madcap revelry unleashed when over 1200 free spirits gambol down Colorado Avenue. Series: Parades (2 Articles, 4440 views)
Thursday, October 17, 2013(4 comments)
The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race of 2013
The government may be back in business, but the big news on the outskirts of DC is the 24th Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. The race started at approximately 1400 (that's 2 pm for you landlubbers) on Oct. 17, when the first warning gun was fired just south of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Schooners are sailing an historical route, 127 knots from Baltimore, MD to Portsmouth, VA. Series: Nautical & Maritime (5 Articles, 9330 views)
Saturday, June 20, 2015(52 comments)
Should the Charleston Shooter be Forgiven?
Relatives of those gunned down in Charleston, SC, earlier this week have offered forgiveness to the shooter, amidst a flurry of support as well as disbelief from people who do not think the shooter deserves forgiveness. But who really benefits from forgiveness? Series: Peace & Nonviolence (9 Articles, 14180 views)
Enchantment at Dusk: Bruce Munro's Poetry of Light
Visions of light can fill yearning souls in the darkest hours of winter. Entering British artist Bruce Munro's luminous fairyland is like walking into an alternate reality of enchantment. The brilliance of his large-scale light installations reawakens the joys of childhood playfulness while it inspires respect for his remarkable artistic and technical achievements. Some viewers gasp, others weep, all are touched. Series: Art & Creativity (19 Articles, 44516 views), Christmas/Yule Season (6 Articles, 8992 views)
Seduced by Quilts: An Album of Art-stitch-tic Inspiration
The needlearts have belonged mostly to the mothers who patch us up when we are broken and to the grandmothers who are the weavers of life. Quilting has been woven into the very soul of America, since scarcity of goods and thrifty spirits inspired women to craft warmth from scraps. Now quilts are more often made for artistic value, and this feminine craft has blossomed with passion into its own art form: a photographic album. Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts (10 Articles, 25121 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, 34914 views)
Saturday, February 21, 2015(8 comments)
Train Wrecks, the "Real McCoy" and Black History Month
Born to escaped slaves, Elijah McCoy was a black American inventer whose committment to quality, excellence and integrity gave rise, in the late 1800s, to the term, the Real McCoy. His remarkable path took him from Canada to Scotland to the U.S., directly into prejudice and out the other side. Series: Black HIstory Month (3 Articles, 5757 views)