The Antidote ~~ movie available on Prime Video

Made in response to the times we are living in, The Antidote weaves together stories of kindness, decency, and the power of community in America. It’s about everyday people who make the intentional choice to lift others up, despite fundamentally unkind realities in our society that contradict the founding ideals of our country. It’s about who we are and maybe, who we can be.

2020 has shown that it’s never been a more critical time to care and come together and just in time for the holidays, the documentary film The Antidote is available on Amazon Prime Video.   Produced and directed by Academy Award-nominee Kahane Cooperman (Joe’s Violin; Daily Show) and six-time Emmy winner John Hoffman in response to the times we are living in, the documentary, filmed across the country, reveals the power of intentional kindness and encourages a national conversation about the roles that compassion and respect play in a civilized society.

Book Promo: The Naughty List

The Naughty List

Thomas Conway

New Holiday Adventure Features Team of Intrepid Youngsters on Quest to Save Santa


Not even the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade could persuade the people lining the streets to look up from their phones. Only a few small children even noticed that something was horribly amiss: Santa Claus was a no-show. In an era when children practically dictate their wish lists and parents scramble to outdo each other, it seems the holiday spirit — along with Santa — has disappeared. When word spreads that Santa has, in fact, been kidnapped, it’s up to a group of unfairly labeled children culled from The Naughty List to rescue Santa and remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. Will these intrepid youngsters rise to the challenge? There’s only one way to find out!

Author Thomas Conway sets the stage for worldwide adventure in this imaginative, modern Christmas tale that blends elements of pop culture with the age-old tradition of Santa Claus. The Naughty List opens in a world without Santa, where toy manufacturer Eastern Industries has just released a new holiday marketing scheme, monopolizing the attention of the children and draining their holiday spirit. With Christmas fast approaching and the North Pole in chaos, a team of intrepid youngsters recruited from Santa’s Naughty List aim to rescue Santa and save the holiday.

While primarily a Santa tale, The Naughty List cleverly incorporates Winter holiday beliefs from around the world, including the legend of Marduk, a Babylonian god; the Roman feast of Saturnalia; the epic story of Jangar from North Asia; Moravian traditions of animal communication; and the present real-life adventures of Israeli Santa Claus, Nicola Abdou.

Also sprinkled with references to holiday favorites such as Miracle on 34th StreetT’was the Night Before Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and others, this wonderfully rich tale promotes right over wrong, good over evil and love over fear.

Suitable for all ages, The Naughty List skillfully weaves valuable lessons about overindulgence and society’s tendency to put labels on children, with the overarching theme that when kids misbehave they should not be defined by their bad deeds but rather see it as a learning opportunity, since when we appreciate the best in humanity and combine our talents, we are capable of almost anything.

The Naughty List, winner of the 2020 Indie Book Award in the E-Book Fiction category, is the first release from Thomas Conway. His 30-year career spans various industries. When not at work, he devotes his time to environmental matters and inventing stories for his two children.


The Naughty List
Publisher: Skylands Publishing House
ISBN-10: 1734123400
ISBN-13: 978-1734123401

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Amazon Review By Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite

The Naughty List by Thomas Conway is a delightful winter treat for any time of the year. Christmas is at risk when Santa fails to attend Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and is soon discovered to have been kidnapped. Mrs. Claus and the elves don’t know how to rescue Santa and save Christmas so they turn to the only people that can help them: the children on the Naughty List. Each of the children is on the Naughty List for various reasons which include lying and cheating. They must work as a team to save Santa and learn about the true value of Christmas: kindness and love. The Naughty List is at the center of the plot, exploring their bad actions and seeing them as children that made mistakes. The Naughty List is a classic part of the Santa tale, giving bad children coal and good children presents, but Conway delivers an adventure that leaves you questioning if any of these children truly deserve to be called bad.

Thomas Conway delivers the perfect treat that brings the holiday spirit to all ages and is a great story that families can share together. This feel-good story will get you into the Christmas spirit with valuable lessons about the true meaning of Christmas, hope, magic, family, redemption, forgiveness, and goodness. Conway places a unique twist on Santa Claus and creates a story as you’ve never seen it before with the new North Pole. The world is whimsical and cheery, bringing the North Pole to life through the vivid presence of the elves, reindeer, and snowmen. The story revolves around Christmas, which shines a light on the various themes of goodness, redemption, and faith while posing the question about what the true spirit of Christmas really is. Conway uses various children to explore the other side of Christmas through the relationships between family and friends. Each of the characters is used to delve into the true meaning of Christmas with each of them gaining a new outlook. The Naughty List is a must-have for the holidays, a perfect treat for families to read together, and an endearing message to renew your Christmas spirit.

A Biography of a Psychic and Medium: Katherine Hayward

Katherine: A Woman of Vision

by Diane Pomerance

Katherine Sedonia Hayward was a renowned British psychic, medium, and healer. She was a mystic and a visionary who captivated the hearts and minds of millions of people all over the world. At the age of seven, during a critical illness, Katherine had an out-of-the-body experience that forever changed her life: she found herself on another plane of existence, surrounded by “angelic beings” who told her that she had much work to do on earth and she must return to her physical body. Upon awakening, she felt odd, spoke in a full, mature, adult voice and knew the past, the present, and the future.

As she grew to adulthood and learned to embrace her extraordinary gift, Katherine’s Spirit Guides imparted to her vital information about the purpose and meaning of life on earth. They demonstrated physical phenomena and paranormal activity that offered substantial proof that There Is No Death, that Life Is Continuous, and that Humans Are Immortal.
Against the backdrop of World Wars I and II, Katherine traveled around the world teaching that the real “you” is not the mind or the physical body, but the Power that motivates them. She comforted and consoled those who had lost loved ones by communicating with their “dead” family or friends, who gave her specific information to share with them that no one else could possibly have known.Katherine devoted her life to teaching and counseling people from all walks of life, including world leaders and celebrities. She was a remarkable woman who recognized our human potential, and the possibility of co-creating with one another a world of peace, wisdom, kindness, compassion, and beauty.

From the Author


Let us once again enter the silence,” advised Gwilym, and within moments the room was filled with an awesome stillness, as each became wholly absorbed in his or her own deeply personal thoughts.

Communications will take place. But it is essential that you are patient. Neither you nor your Spirit Guides can hasten the process. You may not perceive any tangible results for weeks–perhaps even months. Yet you must be diligent, patient, consistent in your efforts . . .” Mr. Fletcher’s words echoed in Katherine’s mind.
Will anything happen tonight? she wondered. Although she could not be absolutely certain, it seemed to her that the ambience of the room had altered dramatically since they had begun. She felt a tingling sensation radiate throughout her face and hands, and a chill ran up and down her spine. It suddenly occurred to her that she and her family were not alone. Although there was no physical sign or evidence of an additional presence, Katherine was convinced that someone or something–she was not sure which–had joined them. It was an unsettling–but not in any way unpleasant–feeling, quite unlike anything she had ever experienced before. Silently, she placed herself in God’s keeping one more time, sincerely hoping that in ignorance, she and the others were not jeopardizing their safety and well-being in any way.

As they continued to meditate in silence, Katherine became increasingly aware of the presence of another being. Although she could not define or describe it, she felt intuitively its benevolent power.

Somehow she was not the least bit frightened. Rather, a wonderful feeling of calmness and peacefulness seemed to settle over her and the entire room now. Opening her eyes briefly, she saw that both her Mum and Dad were comfortably seated and that their expressions were of serenity and contentment. Pleased that all was going well, she closed her eyes once again. Almost immediately, she felt a great surge of energy penetrate her entire being. The feeling was exhilarating, but it was also simultaneously hauntingly, disturbingly familiar–as if she had experienced it before, long ago, in the dim past, but she could not recall when, where, or how.

About the Author

 Diane Pomerance received her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of nine books, most of which are nonfiction about animals called: When Your Pet Dies, Animal Companions: Your Friends, Teachers & Guides, Animal Companions in our Hearts, Our Lives & Our World, Finding Peace After the Loss of a Loved Animal Companion, Animals Elders: Caring About Our Aging Animal Companions, Pet Parenthood, and Our Rescue Dog Family Album.

She is an ardent animal lover, and has a profound respect for nature and all living creatures. Spirituality is the passion of her life, and she has dedicated her life to spiritual research and exploration. Telling the life story of her remarkable spiritual teacher and mentor Katherine Hayward, with whom she studied for five years, has been a labor of love and a landmark of her writing career. Katherine: A Woman of Vision, is not about animals, but rather about spirituality and Diane’s spiritual teacher and mentor, Katherine Hayward. Katherine was born in Wales in 1899

Dr. Pomerance has appeared as a featured guest on numerous television and radio programs such as MSNBC, WEBMD.COM, CNN Headline News, Fox & Friends, Fox News, Hallmark Channel, Montel Williams, The Daily Buzz and Lifetime TV. She has also authored hundreds of articles and been interviewed in many magazines including Martha Stewart Living, Redbook, Woman’s World, Dog Fancy, Quick & Simple, etc.

Understanding Human Behavior by Studying Animals

What Can Animals Teach Us
About Kindness And Empathy?

Studies Of Our Non-Human Friends May Show
How Genes Inspire Our Better Tendencies

While humans are capable of acts of cruelty, greed and deception, they also possess plenty of positive characteristics such as kindness, compassion, friendliness and empathy.

But why? Are those better angels of our nature something nurtured in us by our parents, or do we arrive on the planet genetically predisposed for them?

It’s something scientists have puzzled over, and many of them may be finding answers not with human research but by concentrating on animals.

“The idea that we could learn about kindness or compassion by studying animals might seem strange,” says Peter Schattner, a scientist and author of the book “Sex, Love and DNA: What Molecular Biology Teaches Us About Being Human” ( 

“But since similar genes are often found in animals and people, what we learn from animals may well be relevant to understanding human behavior as well.”
Dogs are especially good species to study to learn about kindness, devotion and other pro-social traits because they have been genetically bred to display those traits, Schattner says.

“Look at it this way,” he says. “Dogs are the result of an extended genetic ‘experiment’ carried out by humans to artificially select the very personality traits that we value in them.”

Another reason geneticists like to study dogs is that, as species go, they are relatively young.

“Most scientists estimate people began breeding wolves for gentleness and tameness 15,000 to 30,000 years ago,” Schattner says. “Compare that to humans. We are believed to have diverged from chimpanzees, our closest living evolutionary relatives, about 4 million to 9 million years ago.”

The time span is important because fewer DNA changes between dogs and wolves have had time to develop. That makes it easier – though not necessarily simple – to track genetic changes to determine what genes affect behaviors, Schattner says.

Dogs aren’t the only animals scientists study that could help unlock clues about human traits and their genetic origins, Schattner says. Other examples include:

•  Mice and friendliness. Scientists studying the biological origins of Williams Beuren syndrome are making progress with mice. The syndrome is a medical condition that has several traits, but one of the most striking is that people with this syndrome are unusually friendly, even toward strangers. Scientists can engineer mice to have a similar chromosomal makeup as people with Williams Beuren syndrome. One result of this research so far is that, at least in mice, the friendliness associated with the syndrome appears to be linked to a single gene.

•  Siberian silver foxes, gentleness and friendliness. Research on Siberian silver foxes began in what was then the Soviet Union in the 1950s in an area where local farmers raised the foxes for their fur. A Soviet geneticist began trying to breed a tamer fox that was easier for the farmers to handle. He did this by mating the tamest males with the tamest females. Within four generations – and a silver fox generation is only about three to four years – the animals were showing signs of domestication. Over time, the researchers showed that gentleness and friendliness were genetic. “One result of all this is the foxes became so tame and adorable that allowing them to be killed for fur became difficult for the scientists,” Schattner says. “They began selling them as pets.”

•  Rats and empathy. Perhaps one of the more surprising experiments involved rats. University of Chicago researchers placed two rats in a large cage. One rat was free to wander, but the other was trapped in a smaller cage within the cage. The trapped rat would cry out in alarm and, remarkably, the free rat would try to open the other rat’s cage, which was no easy task. Even with no reward, three-fourths of the free rats in the experiment chose to open the trapped rat’s cage. “The results of these experiments were disturbing to people who believe that only we humans are capable of empathy and compassion,” Schattner says. Some scientists were still skeptical, saying the rats’ may have been pro-social, but didn’t necessarily demonstrate empathy or compassion.

About Peter Schattner

Peter Schattner ( is a scientist, educator and writer with 30 years of research experience in molecular biology, genetics, biomedical instrumentation and physics. He is a recipient of the Technical Innovation Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Schattner received his doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg and has held research and teaching positions at the University of California, California State University and Stanford Research Institute. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and reviews, as well as the textbook “Genomes, Browsers and Databases.” His latest book, “Sex, Love and DNA: What Molecular Biology Teaches Us About Being Human,” is his first book for non-scientists.

Book Promo: Breaking New Ground by Charmaine Gordon

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River’s Edge Series by Charmaine Gordon

River’s Edge, where the town motto is Kindness to Strangers, is a small town with big heart, and stories to tell that will warm your heart, make you smile, and turn a dreary day into a day of hope for the Kindness of Strangers…

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Breaking New Ground

by Charmaine Gordon

When the CEO of a major construction company claims a part of Celia Brown’s property, he has no idea who he is messing with. The elderly widow and her six year old granddaughter prepare for battle. River’s Edge, the town that believes in kindness to strangers, jumps into the fray. Add romance, kids, and pride to the mix, and they are Breaking New Ground, that is for sure!




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Charmaine Gordon writes books  about women who Survive and Thrive.  Her motto is take one step and then another to leave your past behind and begin again. Six novels and many novellas and short stories in five years, she’s always at work on the next story. The novels include To Be Continued, Starting Over, Now What?, Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission, The Catch, and her series The Beginning Not The End and River's Edge.

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