Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Donna Lyons, Jefferson Keith Langley and Ima Sumac Watkins on Cyber Bullying

Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Donna Lyons, Jefferson Keith Langley and Ima Sumac Watkins on Cyber Bullying

Last night, Love Liberty & Lip Gloss host Donna Lyons welcomed guests Jefferson Keith Langley and Ima Sumac Watkins to discuss their horrific ordeal with cyber bullying. Thanks to the malicious intent and actions of one disturbed individual, these two entrepreneurs nearly lost everything: their businesses, reputation, and personal relationships — even their ability to obtain a menial “pay the bills” job to tend to the most basic necessities.

It’s bad enough in a Digital Age that vulnerable teenagers are targets of this vile crime, but last night, listening to these two professionals share their story made me realize that no one is immune. And the worst part is, the way the law works, the burden of proof is on the victim, not the criminal. Furthermore, because the internet and social media make it easy for anyone to hide behind a computer screen and keyboard, producing the evidence that will stand up in court is next to impossible.

As the co-founder and co-owner of Writestream Publishing and Writestream Radio, I deal with a variety of clients and personalities. Some projects are more time-consuming and challenging than others. And although I always do my best and strive for excellence in every effort, I am only human. I’ve had to correct mistakes. Thankfully, everyone I’ve dealt with so far understands this.

But Jefferson and Ima’s story opened my eyes to the reality of running a business in an era of new technology. Much to their credit, they never gave up and battled their way back. You can listen to their full interview below, which I highly recommend.

Listeners of Writestream Radio know that Jefferson joined the network last November as the host of The Formula. As Donna’s friend, he’d been a guest on her show before, which led him to inquire about hosting his own program. After speaking with Jefferson and hearing his ideas, I happily offered him a monthly slot, which I produce. I could tell right away that he was a person of good character — and not just by virtue of the fact that he was a friend of a trusted friend.

As Ima mentions in the interview, most human beings today do an internet search on people, whether out of natural curiosity or palpable suspicion. With respect to Jefferson, I did my own internet search because his background and accomplishments were so impressive, I wanted to know more. That’s when I came across some alarming, vicious posts about him and Ima, which I dismissed outright. After thinking it over, I decided not to confront Jefferson, figuring he’d already spent countless hours and energy reclaiming his life and reputation. Besides, my intuition told me he was a man of honor. I had no reason to take the word of a coward with a computer and an intention to smear. I’m grateful he and Ima had the opportunity to give a detailed account of their experience on the air. Rather than wallow in the unfairness of it all, they have chosen to rise above it and become even better people.

Ultimately, their cautionary tale has inspired me to be increasingly mindful in all of my interactions, to continue documenting all communications, and to practice discernment with every client, potential client, and person who crosses my path. It also reminded me of a recent caller to Just Believe with Ilene Gottlieb, who had also been a victim of cyber-bullying. My heart broke for this poor woman as she explained that her reputation had been shredded, thanks to a liar with a keyboard and an internet connection (paraphrasing slightly). Since forewarned is forearmed, I’m reaping the benefits of others’ experience and encourage my readers to do the same.

To learn the truth about Jefferson and his work, visit ABETHIA.com and Artitechtronix.com. To learn the truth about Ima Sumac Watkins, follow her on Instagram and click on About.me.

 

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Four Years of Writestream Radio

Four Years of Writestream Radio

Thanks to LinkedIn, I received a reminder that Writestream Radio is now  four years old. Between out-of-state visitors and Writestream Publishing projects, I’d forgotten all about it. It’s hard to believe, but at the time I was freelancing as a ghostwriter, copywriter, content writer and blogger. I thought an internet radio network would help my clients (and other authors) become more comfortable with discussing their books.

After publishing the first edition of Water Signs in 2008, I soon discovered that people were as interested in me as they were in my novel — which surprised me a little. That’s when I realized how critical it was for indie authors to put themselves out there in cyberspace and real life. Having spent the previous four years co-hosting a political show, I saw firsthand the power of internet radio to connect authors with their audience. And since many authors I knew had an aversion to public speaking, it also provided a non-threatening forum to discuss their work since it’s off-camera. (Ah, the days before Facebook Live 😉 ).

With that in mind, I contacted Lisa Tarves and John Gresham to ask if they wanted their own shows on the network. After they happily accepted, we began airing the Sunday of the first week of March 2013 with Just Believe with Lisa Tarves.

Sadly, our friend John Gresham passed away in July of 2016, but his memory and voice live on in the form of multiple excellent Military Monday broadcasts, which can be accessed on our Blog Talk Radio Show Page.

Today, our network broadcasts a variety of unique, uplifting, and informative programming:

Just Believe with Ilene Gottlieb ~ The Heart Healer

The Mentor In Me on Writestream Radio

Create Your Life with Tasha Chen

Partners in Crime with Sue Coletta and Kimberly McGath

The Formula with Jefferson Keith Langley

Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Donna Lyons

Speculative Fiction Cantina with S. Evan Townsend

Get Fit Feel Fabulous with Britt

 

After a several month hiatus, I’ll be back to weekly hosting on Wednesdays at 11 AM Eastern, beginning on April 5 with The Writestream with Daria Anne. Write. Publish. Succeed. And soon, Kris Kees will be hosting a weekly money/finance program, Kees to Invest. I’ll post more details as we get closer to his debut.

Thank you to all of our exceptional hosts and listeners. We appreciate you and look forward to many more years of top-notch broadcasting!

 

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Donna Lyons Interviews Carlos the Medium on Love Liberty & Lip Gloss

Donna Lyons Interviews Carlos the Medium on Love Liberty & Lip Gloss

Would you like to connect with your loved ones on the other side? Curious about what mediumship is all about? Tune in to Love Liberty & Lip Gloss on Writestream Radio Network on Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM Eastern:

Carlos is a naturally gifted medium with a sensational ability to connect with your loved ones in Spirit. Carlos will serve as a messenger to deliver messages of love, healing, and closure between you and those dearest to you in Spirit. He is a devout father, military veteran, and a deacon. Through his spiritual journey, Carlos continues to confirm that love and life are eternal.

 

If you would like to ask Carlos a question about a loved one on the air, please dial (347) 945-7246 at 6:45 PM Eastern and then press “1”. I’ll be screening calls, e.g. asking for a first name and state or country the caller is from, then placing each person in the queue in the order their call is received. By dialing in at 6:45 PM, you ensure your chances of speaking with Carlos. It also keeps us organized and allows us to welcome you personally to the show.

If you would like to stream the live episode through your computer, click on this link to Donna Lyons Interviews Carlos the Medium at 7 PM Eastern on Thursday, February 16.

About Donna Lyons

DonnaLyonsLLLDonna Lyons is a Military News Journalist, Author, Talk Show Host and Managing Editor based in Washington, D.C and California. She has been featured on national news and local news along with national and local radio shows. Her columns have concentrated on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, highlighting the positive aspects of individuals, projects and programs that benefit our military, veterans, wounded warriors and their families. Donna does her best to offer a nonpartisan and inspiring journalistic view, working in tandem with numerous veterans and military organizations.

Donna made her debut as the new host of Love Liberty & Lip Gloss on March 10, 2016 and we couldn’t be more delighted. Tune in every Thursday at 7 PM Eastern.

 

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Writestream Radio Veterans Day Tribute Replay with John D. Gresham

Tune in for a Writestream Radio Veterans Day Tribute Replay with John D. Gresham and me from November of 2014:

Writestream Radio Network Salutes United States Veterans!

Tune in for a replay of Writestream Radio’s Veterans Day Tribute, co-hosted by the late John D. Gresham and Daria Anne. John and Daria talk with Lt. Neal Zimmerman and journalist Donna Lyons about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, how to spot a reputable military charity, and the biggest issues facing our veterans today.

Thank you, United States Veterans…we appreciate you!

Since I co-founded the network in early 2013 with Lisa Tarves, John and I had hosted a Veterans Day episode every year. I’ll admit, with everything else going on  (including training and adding several guest hosts for the Tuesday slot), I neglected to plan for 2016. However, running this past episode is a fitting way to honor both my friend John Gresham’s memory and the lives of United States veterans.

In this broadcast, Lieutenant Neal Zimmerman joins us to discuss the excellent work of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and current Love Liberty & Lip Gloss host Donna Lyons talks about serious issues facing veterans, including suicide, and how everyday Americans can help.

To listen, click on this link: Writestream Radio Salutes U.S. Veterans: Veterans Day Replay with John D. Gresham, tomorrow at 1 PM Eastern.

Visit Special Operations Warrior Foundation for more information about their scholarship program, family services, and support for our wounded.

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