Rape and the Wild West: Women Judged by How Hard they Fought Back

Reading through my Great Grandfather's court documents from 1897, illuminates just what it was like to be a woman in North Dakota then.
I guess I am not entirely shocked by what the documents contained; the young girl my Great Grandfather raped, was basically told that the assault she endured was her fault....the court judged her on how hard she fought back while she was being attacked...and this court thought she could have fought back harder, why didn't she bite him or scratch his face...it was because he threatened to make things "much more painful"-that's why.
This poor girl was just 19 years old and newly married - far away from her home in Bohemia...attacked and raped by her neighbor and family friend.
In the end, my Great Grandfather was found guilty of only attempted rape, that's all....he served five years in jail for the horrendous crime he committed while he was a married father of five. 
My Great Grandmother filed for divorce, taking their five small children with her: their last child was born the day my Great Grandfather went to prison...it can be no suprise, that my Great Grandmother and her five young children were condemned to a life of poverty.
What happened to the young girl? Her marriage remained strong-even when she gave birth to the child conceived from the rape; the young family lost everything and were forced to move away from the town, as the girl's reputation was ruined, she was proclaimed a whore and her husband could no longer find work...they were shunned and became outcasts, because of my Great Grandfather's disgusting actions and allegations that she was a whore and the sex was consensual. I found the Wedding photo online of this precious young girl- I can barely look her in the eyes; I am so ashamed of my Great Grandfather and the anguish he caused during his lifetime.
Ironically, the child born from rape and the child born the day his father went to prison served alongside each other, unbeknownst to one another, in WWI.
Rape has been, and continues to be the Nemesis of ALL Females on the planet.  #EndRapeCulture     #WarOnWomen

Finding My Christmas Spirit at European Christmas Markets!

Sometimes we just lose our Chistmas Spirit and can't find our smile, we can't find the joy that used to fill us, leaving us with a bleak and stressful Holiday season. This year, I decided to find Christmas....here's what it looked like ♥
Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017
  
Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017
Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017
  
Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017


Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017
Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017
Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017

Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017
Christmas Market Europe Wendy Kolar Mullen Patrick Mullen 2017


Patrick Wing Walking - Polar Express - Fillmore & Western Railway

A Thrilling Day was had by all Mason Wing Walkers, most especially by Patrick Mullen who Soared above the Fillmore & Western Railway during Steam Fest 2017, delighting the passengers as the train passed through Orange Groves and the scenic countryside near Santa Paula and Fillmore, California. The Mason Wing Walking Academy was on hand to thrill the Fillmore & Western passengers, reminiscent of a scene from 'Disney's' Rocketeer! Click Here to Enjoy the Wing Walking Video!
Mason Wing Walking Patrick Mullen Fillmore & Western Railway Steam Fest 2017

Mason Wing Walking Patrick Mullen Fillmore & Western Railway Steam Fest 2017

Mason Wing Walking Patrick Mullen Fillmore & Western Railway Steam Fest 2017

Mason Wing Walking Patrick Mullen Fillmore & Western Railway Steam Fest 2017


FREE! New Children's Book for Kindle - Wendy Went Wing Walking !

My Wing Walking Journey was so Amazing that I wanted to share it, and hopefully inspire children and adults to live their dreams-as I did. Never give up, no matter how long it takes--it will happen. I hope you enjoy my journey, I hope you find inspiration, at the very least, I hope you are entertained! 
Click Here to buy the book on Amazon..it is just 99 cents!  FREE for next 5 days-starting 11/18! Enjoy :D
Wendy Kolar Mullen Wing Walking Mason Wing Walking Wendy Went Wing Walking on Amazon
Wendy Went Wing Walking ♥

Wing Walking With Mason Wing Walking Air Show Acrobatics!

Wendy Kolar Mullen Wing Walking Mason Wing Walking
Top of the World!
I finally fulfilled my Dream to go Wing Walking!  Well, it was much more than getting out on the wings of the plane and standing in place---the Hammer Heads, Rolls and Loops took it to an entirely different Air Show Quality Level! My Husband volunteered to go with me---so much more fun, as he 'Barnstormed' the Filmore Train while on top of the wing! We both had flight suits--although, the wind was determined to rip our clothes off--it was more wind than anticipated by myself, anyway. It was a fantastic experience, definitely would say add it to your bucket list, Mason Wing Walking Academy , run by Mike and Marilyn- well, I can't say enough about their kindness and thorough training before we left the ground. They are the ONLY Wing Walking School in the WORLD, I feel so fortunate...anyway, here are a few pics, I think in most of them, we are upside down!  Click Here for Link to the YouTube Video
Wendy Kolar Mullen Wing Walking Mason Wing Walking
Coming out of a Loop

Wendy Kolar Mullen Wing Walking Mason Wing Walking
Half Way Upside Down or Right Side Up?


Wendy Kolar Mullen Wing Walking Mason Wing Walking
"Wing Walking" 

Wendy Kolar Mullen Wing Walking Mason Wing Walking
Getting Ready to Roll!

Wendy Kolar Mullen Wing Walking Mason Wing Walking
Just Chillin

Wendy Kolar Mullen Women with Spirit over 50! Wing Walker
Whew!


Patrick Wendy Mullen Wing Walking Mason Wing Walking
Patrick the BarnStormer!

German Holiday Exports - Papier Mache Candy Containers Book Available Now on Kindle!

If you are nostalgic for European Holiday items, this book is for you! The History of Papier Mache Candy Containers is captured here for all of eternity; photographs of very rare antique Candy Containers will sure to hold you blissfully captive. Enjoy the Timeless Journey...the Kindle version is now available- please Click Here
Candy Containers A Timeless Journey by Wendy Kolar Mullen Kindle
Candy Containers: A Timeless Journey by Wendy Kolar Mullen

Trapeze Party 49th Birthday at Oakland's Trapeze Arts with Wendy Kolar Mullen

....Soaring Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease...it's the Woman on the Flying Trapeze! Truly Amazing- Obviously I was a bit clumsy getting my legs up--this was my first time and I would recommend it to anyone!
Wendy Kolar Mullen Trapeze Birthday Party! 49 years!
Higher Up than you think it would be!
Wendy Kolar Mullen Trapeze Birthday Party! 49 years
Small Talk so I don't have to Launch :)

Wendy Kolar Mullen Trapeze Birthday Party! 49 years
Grabbing the bar is difficult--need to work my arms out!

Wendy Kolar Mullen Trapeze Birthday Party! 49 years
One of the scariest bits...as you are being held back by your harness

Wendy Kolar Mullen Trapeze Birthday Party! 49 years
Once launched you have to remembe the routine!