MANE LION - THE LION'S IMPRINT
This is an area that concerns
some thoughts on the purpose of The Balkan Lion. On
this site are many different areas to look at from
statistics, facts and figures regarding child abuse
and the changing American family-to the lighter fare
of humor-global commentary on politics and current
events to outrage-the stranger things in life and
even those things that tug on the heart strings. It
is my attempt to connect with you the reader-and give
some of my thoughts on the pulse and heartbeat of
issues important to me - hoping they will strike a
proper resonance of thought with you.
I am an advocate for education on child abuse issues
in its varying forms that may be taught within the
classroom. If the gap is bridged between the child
welfare experts and the educational community-the
lives of many children may be saved and impacted in
many ways. If we educate our children and teens starting
at an age appropriate time (6-12) grade-our students
will become better educated on local-national and
international plights of children GLOBALLY-and they
will become better educated-more concerned about the
relationships they have in life-hopefully become better
parents and be accountable for the souls they bring
into this world.
In time-there could be declines in the rates of child
abuse(currently averaging 3 million + cases per year
in the U.S.-what isnt reported is a nightmare). Curriculum
subjects for study for example would be... The amount
of children under the age of 18 living in single family
homes-(20,000,00 MILLION in the U.S.)(5 MILLION over
the age of 18) and why such a huge number-what is
happening to our children when they grow up-what happens
to those who dont graduate.
Some more classroom study-ok-
Have you ever been bullied? Want to put an end to
it? Or what about the terrible impact of gangs &
gang related crimes in youths & teens? What about
more than 300,000 children and youth under the age
of 16 fighting in armed conflicts globally?
Have you ever thought about the life of a foster child?
Followed their life-from the time they are removed
from their home-and put into the system. For example-
if you followed a case-and the child -youth-teen or
special needs case DOESNT find a home-you wont easily
forget their story. It might make you think about
who you will bring into this world and make you more
responsible for your actions regarding sex-parenting
and relationships. It would also make you think about
that unkind word or hand raised when you realize the
full impact of the person on the receiving end - empathy
(putting yourself in that other person shoes) It DOES
make a difference and we are missing a huge opportunity
to capitalize on better ways to teach our students
the awful affect & effects of bad behavior and
the souls we leave behind-without care...love and
We live in a day when our children-todays students
and tomorrows parents- the FUTURE of our world-are
desensitized on sexual issues daily & IN YOUR
If 3 MILLION + cases of child abuse including sexual
abuse-physical-emotional & psychological abuse
ANNUALLY are not ACCEPTABLE with you in the UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA- DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
I have an idea for a program called SCALES-STUDENTS
CHANGING ABUSED LIVES through EDUCATION and SUPPORT.
It means our education systems must meet the problem
of abuse-HEAD ON-and begin the process of reversing
the trend in our country. It means there needs to
be a testing area for this kind of program-I believe
someone will come forward and be willing to talk about
Our students dont want to go
to school in fear-"politically correct"
will be-HOW DO WE DO THIS-HOW DO WE MAKE IT HAPPEN?
Not just words & meaningless gestures-but a well
thought out program that educates-that keeps track
of students progress over time- school behavior-pregnancies-relationships
and education after high school. Testing areas for
this type of education have to include various economic
levels to give a broad approach to numbers information
and charting results. Money spent will be money saved
.What are the alternatives if we continue to turn
our backs on the problem-at present with 3 MILLION
cases of sexual abuse a year reported in the U.S.-its
an average of 50,000 cases of abuse per state. Those
numbers are DESPICABLE!
Education inside the home is NOT enough. We need more.
We need a program that zeroes in on what the problem
of abuse is and deals with the subject material. If
I were to have a meeting of the minds to begin laying
the foundation for such a meeting-I would have some
of the following representatives of expert professional
areas within a community present. Educators and administrators-child
welfare experts-state & federal judicial family
court representatives including surrogates courts-child
protection agency reps-community police reps of all
levels-top cult de-programmers-psychological warfare
experts-adoption and foster care representatives-
mental health care experts-political and spiritual
leaders-runaway and missing children experts.
If it sounds like gearing up for war-YOU ARE-against
one of the most deadly ways to wreak havoc on the
mind and souls of todays students & it is ABUSE-especially
vicious sexual & physical abuse-the numbers speak
for themselves-the bottom line-the terror-fear-emotional
and psychological abuse that occurs at early ages
is especially damaging and if you think it goes away-heres
something for you to think about .
Remember your first experience from a classroom bully-perhaps
your first fight-maybe an incident within a home-or
your first sexual experience-(even if it was consentual
- most people I know found it to be uncomfortable).
Put that kind of molotov cocktail of human emotions
& mix it with a negative factor of sex or physical/emotional
abuse- and the explosion inside a child -teen or adult
can have devastating affects & effects-FOR LIFE!
Checked out any talk shows
lately-the ones I find really uncomfortable-are the
ones where an adult comes out & says-"I did
this in my life(lost weight-bodybuilding-took up a
specific career etc) all because you called me a name-you
said this-you hit me-you scared me-you stalked me-beat
me up etc".I look at the damage done to this
person-this precious soul- while some smug moron sits
there & says "yeah-you were a jerk then-you
still are now".Hurts-doesnt it. Some apologize-but
the level of insensitivity just overemphasizes the
fact of what I'm saying.
We have a MAJOR problem in how we treat people around
us. We need to make some changes and the school system
will have to help.
As a survivor of child and sexual abuse (including
being involved in a Termination of Parental Rights
case in 1957-resulting in being forcibly removed from
our home-by the police & Dept Of Social Services
in 1957. We were separated for 40 years and in some
cases longer (until I began a search in 1995 &
located the last sibling in 1998 reuniting 15 siblings
in the process) I was CLUELESS as to the definition
of the problem. I suffered-along with my siblings
-who were with different families.
The countless numbers of todays children-will become
tomorrows parents. Previous generations of adults
in the past couldnt speak of their abuse & now-are
just beginning to define and discuss the problem and
it IS a complex one at that.
I believe-if we define areas of child abuse and abuse
in its many forms for what it truly is-and put this
education in a classroom setting-the benefits to our
students may result in better parenting -less physical
and sexual abuse- fewer pregnancies-better healthier
relationships and less dollars spent.
How can this NOT have a positive fiscal impact on
our communities and society. I realize its not that
simple and requires a special group of minds to come
together and get the job done. Lets see-we have a
name (SCALES) we know what kind of experts to pull
together-I can only do so much-the rest is up to YOU.
We need curriculum definition and those with a vision
to take a STAND on this issue. I want to hear of your
interest in putting together a program to take on
this problem .I KNOW YOU ARE OUT THERE!
A final comment. Why cult de-programmers
& psychological warfare experts in a child abuse
program? Simply stated-they KNOW-KNOW-KNOW what happens
to the mind-when abuse slams into the mind of younger
children(especially ages 4-6) and furthermore-what
else happens to the mind-AFTERWARD & its terrible
impact-you should all know.
The comments of yours truly "TBL"- as you
can see-are not just for the Balkan community. They
are for everyone. Ive made it a point to "peek
over the wall" and learn about various issues
in life-from faith and belief systems-to music and
different cultures-to the strange and mysterious -
the spiritual-the heartwarming-the humorous- and yes-the
very serious issues regarding todays children. Our
students-our families our future and tomorrows hope-MADE
possible-TODAY-by the actions YOU can take to help
fight "the invisible soldier" of "mind
terror" as a result of abuse.
Ive taken great pride in presenting this information
by utilizing a music background of 39 years to become
this one-of-a kind-communicator.I believe in my "heart
of hearts"- If I could play music for all kinds
of nationalities-why not use "TBL" as a
voice to communicate the issues in life I am drawn
to and try to make a difference. "Works for me"
though the cliche is not original-it sums up my feelings-short
As I wind down "The Lions Imprint" I look
back through the years at the great deal of reading
I have done regarding education on abuse-belief systems-humor-politics-current
events-mind trauma, spirituality-humor-cults-occults-ritual
abuse-paranormal activity-life mysteries-UFOs and
In our country I have the FREEDOM
to do so! The greatest freedom in the world and it
should never be forgotten. Freedom to read-and worship-where
in other less fortunate countries-youre beaten for
reading. Who can forget piles of books burned by countries
within the last 80 years and as recent as the Iraq
and Afghanistan conflicts where horror stories of
deplorable living conditions and burning books to
stifle education and growth have occurred. Not to
mention the human rights atrocities as well regarding
women and children.
Yes I have many questions-and in my lifetime may never
be able to answer the tiniest portion of them. Some
of the information Ive read has taken me to the limits
of my understanding what horrors the children on our
planet have endured. (While Im at it-what about todays
adults-that suffered and ENDURED terrible abusive
childhoods?) This is just a portion of what has driven
me to take this next important step in my life. There
are MILLIONS of survivors out there with stories to
tell. Just name your abuse-whether sexual-physical-alcohol-drugs-crime-economic-emotional
and more. It brings me to the wall of how do we deal
with such a difficult subject. Maybe theres a vision
of light-a new reason to see by. A glimmer of hope.....
Child abuse education! Accountablility-responsibility-parenting-and
spirituality-are connected. Im not talking about religion
or complete separation of church and state. We have
always treated abuse-sex and pregnancy in minimal
education responses. Its not enough. Whats happening
to our family systems in the United States is a DISGRACE
in the numbers of single parent famililes.
20,000,000 Million children under 18 & 5 Million
more 18 & older live in these families- Divorce-separation
& "Look at me-Im a playah and could care
less" are not reasons to abandon and forget about
your children. There MUST be an accountability here.
This is the "spirituality" I speak of-there
is "SOMETHING" inside us that says "I
MATTER" "I BELONG" " I WANT TO
BE LOVED" "I NEED TO BE LOVED" "DOES
ANYONE LOVE ME-OR CARE" IT MATTERS HOW.... were
treated & HOW WE TREAT OTHERS!!!!! Any violation
of this has repercussions to the body-the mind-the
soul-that Our Creator has given "inside"
of us--there isnt ONE of you that will read this and
say you havent asked yourself these questions. We
In closing-The question is
WHY IS IT SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE-EDUCATION ON CHILD
ABUSE...? Militaries know the answer to the affects
of abuse on the mind to children and adults-psychological
warfare experts do-pornographers do, pedophiles do,
mind control experts do-governments do-cult de-programmers
do-criminals do-bullies do-control freaks and abusive
husbands and boyfriends do-the alcoholic-the druggie-the
rapist-the punk off the streets-the gangs do-the murderer-the
abusive parent- step-parent-clergyman-child care worker-anyone
whose crossed over to the "dark side" of
human treatment knows-abuse leaves scars and its in
the CONTROL of the shock and trauma to the brain-that
control can be ATTAINED-
And you can...be...BROKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Its ABOUT TIME WE REVERSE THE TREND. That's why the
subject is so powerful-and controversial.
As for that inner question of "Do We Matter &
Does Anyone Care?" I hope so! We all have our
own road to walk. Ill call it a built in "guidance
counselor" of sorts-said with a wry smile-of
The continuing saga of "Good Vs Evil" and
that road in life Robert Frost spoke of in his monumental
poem "The Road Less Traveled" talks about
those life choices. As for me...
....and I...I Took The Road Less Traveled...Not the
same road that everyone else walks-.and that .....has
made ALL THE DIFFERENCE! (Check out the poem sometime-a
good reminder about life choices).
"ALL CHILDREN NEED TO BE LOVED ...AND EDUCATED"
Good reading to you & thank you for visiting the
TBL website! Your comments are welcome for commentary
& discussion! ENJOY!