Melinda
Pillsbury-Foster

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Articles Telling Family Stories

 A Republican Woman Speaks out August 6, 2005 As a Republican I have long worried about the erosion of freedom in America. It was a concern for freedom that propelled me into politics when I was eleven, having read Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater. It was a desire to leave a more civil America for my five children that has kept me in politics all of my life... MORE The Oil Plundering Act, The Sheehan – Rockwell Affair, and Targeting British Petroleum August 21, 2006 “Mom, when did Congress pass the Oil Plundering Act?” Arthur surprised me while I was busy at the computer with the above question. I paused. I had been wasting a moment reading the posts on the purported affair between Lew Rockwell, and Cindy Sheehan. Libertarianland is a small world where everyone pretty much knows each other. “What did you say?” I was sure I had misheard him. When I am reading I have been known to ignore earthquakes, even when it isn’t gossip about someone I know. I got to know Lew when.. MORE



THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2006

On Friday morning, in the Superior Court of Manhattan, John Fund will face the consequences for his own actions. John Fund lied, slandered, libeled, and used his power in concerted attempts to destroy those who refused to be silenced. He is practiced in the skills of deception having studied under a master of that political art form, Karl Rove.

Our trust in justice does not die all at once, it seeps out through hundreds and thousands of small wounds over a long time.

The process of Justice in America has not been swift; it has been four long years. It is not certain; Robert Morganthau refused to prosecute the criminal case without explanation... MORE



April 18, 2006

On April 18, 2006, San Francisco will commemorate the centennial of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, an event that leveled that city. The number of people who died has never been more than estimated. The other loses of various kinds ran into what today would be billions of dollars. On that first day this photo was taken from the St. Francis Hotel, showing the city in flames. Less than 24 hours later the St. Francis would also have been gutted. Behind that crumbling facade of human invention stood a man with an active... MORE


  

March 7, 2006 


How can it be that a long time member of the National Federation of Republican Women and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution could be Threat To National Security? This came as one of those moments when you are sure they must be talking about someone else.

This was especially shocking to me since I seem to be the Threat. I was very surprised that my blog had elicited so much attention from the Powers That Be this morning. I learned about this when a friend called me and said her attempt to get on and read my latest scribble was been greeted with the warning, 'FORBIDDEN!!!!' Other calls came in rapidly... MORE




December 23, 2007

We all go through some hard times. Perhaps not like we are about to experience, but hard. Hard times teach us things that otherwise we would not probably learn. This Christmas many people are buying less. Many families are buying just one gift for each child instead of filling up the places under the Christmas tree. All of us will learn unexpected lessons in the months and years to come as our nation is humbled. If you had not guessed, that is going to happen. I suspect that those lessons learned will eventually be viewed...  MORE
  

  

October 30, 2007 

When the kids were little we used to spend a lot of time in the car together on the way to school, lessons, and such. To make sure that those times were not a total loss, and to distract them from the sort of behavior that makes kids, kids, I used to sing. Or, rather, to be entirely accurate, I taught them the lyrics to songs. No one could have accused me of being able to sing... MORE  


  

July 19, 2007

Ronald Reagan was a wonderful, warm man. He made you love him by small acts of kindness and beautiful gestures. Raspberry Gumballs and the President. But what America needed was the simple truth and a champion for individual rights and the Constitution; That Ronnie did not have to give. Today we need that individual even more desperately. We have that in Congressman Ron Paul. United Republicans of California (“UROC“) was founded on April 22, 1963, by then State Senator Joe Shell (see footnote) and Assemblyman... MORE



June 30, 2007

My family has been celebrating the 4th of July with a reading of the Declaration of Independence for a long time now. I am descended from many families; all of them include individuals who participated in the American Revolution. My application to the Daughters of the American Revolution used Benjamin Pillsbury, who served at Valley Forge. The stories you hear about Valley Forge were designed to keep people away from the training camp being run that winter. General Washington was getting some professional pointers from Baron... MORE 



  
May 28, 2007
“Mom, is George Bush a terrorist?” Sometimes an unexpected question really clarifies one’s thinking. This afternoon I experienced one of those moments. My son, Arthur, asked me the question while I was busy tapping away on the computer. I paused; this also happens occasionally. Arthur, continuing in the absence of my tapping clarified that he was not saying that George Bush lurked in airports with bombs strapped to his torso or any other part of himself. He meant that George Bush, by enabling the rape of America... MORE



December 12, 2008

Christmas is coming and with the joy most of us experience the stress of not having finished our buying. This year most of us are also suffering through the pangs of not having enough money to buy the gifts that would we would normally give.

Across the country people are reexamining the choices they would have made and finding a wealth of possibilities that change their relationships with each other in unexpected ways. Instead of giving from the wallet they are giving from their hearts... MORE



November 27, 2008

This year, as we watch the world around us collapsing, we are learning that Christmas is not about money. Christmas is about loving each other, about gifts that have nothing to do with the green folding stuff, or even silver and gold. Our money is melting down into worthless goo. Stores are closing; cameras are going up at intersections across the country. This morning I received a call from a friend in Florida who argued for twenty minutes at her bank where she has done business for twenty years. The problem? They wanted... MORE



  
November 24, 2008

Perhaps you are too young to remember when childhood was safe; children played outside from the time they were small. We went trick or treating without thinking someone might hurt us. Doors were open in our neighborhoods; we accepted and trusted each other. Children learned most of what mattered at home and in their neighborhoods before ever starting school and old people were sources of amazing stories. I learned about the Pony Express from Mr. Black across the street who had, at 16, been a Pony Express Rider. His eyes... MORE



November 19, 2008 

When my son, Justin, was around 12 he saw a movie about Houdini. Fired with a sense of emulation he told his sisters, then in their late teens, that he could do anything Houdini could do. Determined to prove this he followed them around demanding they duct tape him to a chair. They declined, for all the reasons you can imagine. But Justin persisted. Eventually, they complied. Justin then told them not to release him no matter what because they would be interfering with his demonstration. He told them if they released him he would nag them forever. They believed him, having been his sisters all of his life... MORE



October 1, 2008

“In real life, James Dean was much like the character he played in Rebela psychologically troubled young man raised in a broken family. Known mostly for his attitude, Dean's life was marked by pain. Sullen and painfully vulnerable, he was tormented by an offensive world and his own internal desolation. I try so hard, Dean once wrote to a friend, to make people reject me. Why? 


The above quote came from yet another article published this time by John W. Whitehead at Rutherford Institute. Again it mischaracterizes a man 53 years dead of whom the author knew nothing except self-serving comments from Dean acquaintances collated with his own projections.

What we think we know is too often mythology. This is true about individuals and it is true about our institutions... MORE




May 10, 2008











Two women, Michelle Hammond, and Lynn Sears, accompanied by a sheriff, Deputy Kemmerling, drove up to the house in two white cars, one a patrol car and the other a government vehicle. They asked to see Arthur, my son. Arthur is 30, but disabled. Arthur had left to take a short constitutional after having lunch, he had then been gone for about 15 minutes. I told them he would be back shortly and went inside, leaving them to wait on the driveway... MORE



October 27, 2009

I can remember when I was little myself. Sitting in the backyard of our house on Colby Avenue in West Los Angeles I would listen with fascination to Mr. Bell, my friend Alan's grandpa, from across the street, tell me about what it was like to be a Pony Express Rider. He remembered the sound of the wind, the feel of his horse, sweating as the sun fried his face even under his hat. He told me the elation he felt when he arrived yet again unscathed. Listening still connects me to him and to the history of the country I love... MORE

















This article was originally published on the Lone Star Iconoclast on:
Monday, August 17, 2009 
By Melinda Pillsbury-Foster 


AN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Oct. 31, 1909) — The Fairy’s first flight had taken its aeronaut 10,000 feet into the sky in uncontrolled motion. The aeronaut, Arthur C. Pillsbury, had been finishing up a day’s photography, teeth chattering, when the white balloon had been driven by a sudden violent wind across the Bay, towing the small boat to which it was tethered in its wake. The Fairy, ripped from its anchorage, shot into the air. No one thought Pillsbury would survive. The Fairy was not designed for free flight, the flight community knew that. What we know can change rapidly.

Pillsbury had spent the day chronicling the rebuilding of San Francisco, taking panoramic photos and conventional stills. He had done the same on April 18, 1906 from the ground. The first day panoramas showing the city boiling with smoke and fire were made on the circuit panorama he designed as his senior project at Stanford in 1897... MORE






































Arthur when he was 8 years old. For mothers they are always our children.

A CORRECTION AND APOLOGY - January 23, 2016. See the Correction on the reason Arthur and I were visited by authorities.  For a while I thought this was the work of Morgan Gell, my psychopathic oldest child, because this was typical of the kind of thing she did.  But I started a Time Line for one of their close associates, Robert Evan Hughes and it now appears he was the instigator.  My apologies to Ms. Hammond and Ms. Sears and also to Deputy Kemmerling.  I'm sure they were acting in good faith.  For more on what contimed to happen visit:   Cedar Slope ​​

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Carrots can fight back. I remember when my youngest daughter, Ayn pulled out one carrot and it suddenly let go after resisting. Plump, she went right on her bottom, looking surprised. Then she started to laugh, still holding on to that carrot. Then she ate it. It was a long time ago.

Back then I tried to grow all of our food because I knew it was much healthier. Also cheaper. That meant time in the garden with the kids. Those were good times that still make me smile. Such are the moments you treasure, along with the luminescent expression on a child's face when they figure something out. Like how to tie their shoe or get the kite up by themselves. What we remember through a glaze of tears are the things that last.

April's Future - Renewing America 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2009


This last January a baby girl was born. Her parents named her April and hope mightily that the world she grows to know will be one of hope and prosperity. We can make it so for her and all our children.

That matters to me very personally because little April is my first grand daughter. Her mother looked just like her and worrying about April's future causes fractures in my heart. The world today is growing very personal, we are all frightened. As the meltdown continues we look into the eyes of our children and cannot help be that. And yet along with we are losing come gifts of enormous potential. Take a deep breath and keep reading.

America faces a challenge, one that has been rolling in like a tsunami for generations, unremarked because we accepted and trusted too easily.... MORE

Stealing Truth - The John Fund Back Story

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009

If the media had followed the clear rules they had written for themselves, would we now be on the express down elevator to a meltdown of global proportions? Likely not. We would have problems, but we would have seen them more clearly. We needed the truth. We did not get it, for perhaps as many reasons as there are individuals in journalism. 

The first problem was that journalists so blithely ignored the standards of their profession. 

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has established a code of ethics. The tenets of this code are short, clear, concise, and well-founded. But there is no means of enforcement. If journalists would follow them, we could trust the media. Today most of us do not. If a journalist ignores their ethical obligations, either from sloth or a desire to profit, nothing can be done. If raiding the cookie jar can be carried out with impunity, then there will be no cookies. I know this, having raised several children. 

The SPJ has existed since 1909, four years before the Federal Reserve Bank came into being. Their founders could have included Ida Tarbell, the journalist who caused the break up of Standard Oil, though the site does not mention her – an indomitable truth teller. Tarbell told the truth, but a handful of years later the dispersed Standard Oil was larger than ever and still carried out the same exploitive pattern of business... MORE 
From a Tiny Tear to the End of America's Fascist State – How to extract yourself from the Web Corporate Greed.

Halloween, 1976 was special. I had made princess outfits for the girls, then two and three. They were excited by the promises of sweets to be plopped into their own little plastic pumpkins. Dawn, the oldest, dressed as a small version of Snow White, asked what she was to do when the pumpkin was too full. I told her I would take a pillow case. Pausing, she told me to take two. Dawn remains an optimist today.... MORE