Sunday, May 8, 2022

My Comedy Screenplays - Festivals, Competitions, Awards and Lots of Laurels

 Many of you know that I’m a comedy screenwriter. My body of work is quite large: I’ve written 19 shorts and 3 features. Over the past many months, two of these are doing quite well: they’ve been accepted into several well respected festivals and screenplay competitions. Here are just a few — more are forthcoming.

One of my comedy features, “By the Hour,” was accepted into the Chicago Indie Film Awards as well as the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards.

My comedy short, “Welcome To the Star Fleet,” was selected for the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards. This script was also the one that had advanced to the Second Round at the ultra competitive Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Fewer than 20% of the more than 14,600 scripts submitted earn this distinction.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

A Resort In The Caribbean Thats Bursting With Botanicals and Romance

On the wee island of Nevis in the Caribbean, that’s just a short water taxi away from buzzing St. Kitts, you’ll find a resort that’s blanketed with blossoms as well as historical reminders of its past, including a 300-year-old, conical sugar mill that’s been transformed into a romantic upscale restaurant. Find out more of what’s the Montpelier Plantation and Beach a perfect spot not just for couples but also singles who want a serene getaway in my latest for ForbesLife

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Spectacular Landscapes in Nevis


At the Montpelier Plantation and Beach in Nevis, history seamlessly melds with nature in a landscape that resembles a botanical garden. Here, an old sugar boiling copper was repurposed as a planter for umbrella palms.

I could certainly get used to this spectacular sunset view from the Great Room. This is also the view that diners have from the terrace of Restaurant 750 that’s part of the main house where the Great Room is located. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Scenic Delights at the Montpelier Plantation and Beach

While eating a picnic lunch in a gazebo set on the private scenic beach of Montpelier Plantation and Beach in Nevis, I was wrapped in a sense of peace and solitude.

A stay at this property is like being in a botanical garden. My views were filled with tropical plants no matter where I gazed. This is the poolside Indigo restaurant and bar from the back end.

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Montpelier Plantation and Beach in Nevis


This is by far the most iconic image of the Montpelier Plantation and Beach in Nevis. A grand weeping fig tree (just 56 years old) towers over the centuries-old building housing the Great Room, a former Boiling House for sugarcane transformed into an atmospheric venue for cocktails and canapes at night.

As soon as I stepped through the grand gates of the Montpelier Plantation and Beach in Nevis, I knew I was in a magical place.

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Visiting the Small Island of Nevis in the Caribbean


I was so honored and delighted to take an acrylic class with noted Nevisian artist, Deborah Tyrell, who has the phenomenal Charlestown Gallery in town. This was one of many fun and relaxing activities I was able to participate in while enjoying the luxe Montpelier Plantation and Beach in Nevis. My painting captures the landscape where the original Main House once existed on this former centuries-old sugar plantation.

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

A Winter Visit to Spring Lake

 Even in the winter, Spring Lake couldn’t be more scenic in the early morning. Mallard ducks and the occasional heron huddle near the shore.

One of two historic footbridges that cross over scenic Spring Lake - now partially frozen - in the same named charming town in New Jersey.

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta


I’m so excited: My comedy short, Such A Deal, that I co-wrote with Dionna McMillian will be screening on Sunday, March 27 at the Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta. 

Here’s what the festival posted on their social media platforms:

Congratulations to Jeanine Barone and Dionna McMillian and their project “Such A Deal” for being an Official Film Selection to the Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlantas. 

“On the first day of her life in New York City, Grace finds out that not only is her new apartment not yet livable but her temporary, supposedly charming digs are, well, not exactly what she expected.”

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Friday, February 25, 2022

A Vibrant, Creative Resort in Barbados

I gravitate to resorts that give me a sense of well-being and optimism, that are replete with contemporary art and design, that provide an abundance of learning opportunities, and that are populated by staff members that express a genuine concern for their guests. I found all of this at the new O2 Beach Club and Spa on the southern coast of Barbados. This is my article on this resort for ForbesLife

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

An Evocative, Luxe Property in Barbados

 It’s certainly difficult to tire of this view of Dover Beach at the O2 Beach Club and Spa in Barbados.

Contemporary art and design details suffuse this five-star, all-inclusive property.

I became infatuated with the abundant creative art and design found at the O2 Beach Club and Spa in Barbados, including in their just-opened spa, Acqua where an ocean theme is ever present.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022

A Luxe, All-Inclusive Property in Barbados

 From morning to night, I found plenty of spots to relax at the O2 Beach Club and Spa in Barbados. This luxe all-inclusive sits along Dover Beach on the south coast where it’s a pleasant walk to the myriad restaurants, bars, clubs and informal shopping opportunities along St. Lawrence Gap. 

At the resort, a contemporary design aesthetic is ever present. The Sun Terrace is one of several perfect venues to take in the views and soak up the chill vibe.

Stellar views predominate at this property, whether from one of the rooftop venues or along the beach and pool areas. 

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

McMinnville Short Film Festival

What a great way to start 2022! “Such A Deal,” a comedy that I co-wrote with Dionna McMillian @dionnafilm (who is also the director) is an official selection of the 2022 McMinnville Short Film Festival 🎬 @macfilmfest

It will screen in-person at 6PM, Friday, February 11 in the Drama/Comedy #3 block. I’m so excited that @dionnafilm will be there.

McMinnville is located in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wine Country so filmmakers can expect wine-centric receptions. Awesome all around!

🎬:Director/Co-Writer - @dionnafilm 

✍️: Storyby/ Co-Writer - @jcreaturetravel

🎭: Starring - @ebonyobsidian @damianemcee with @natwhitt 

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Visiting Untermyer Gardens for Mindful Walking

It’s easy to practice mindful walking at the tranquil Untermyer Gardens Conservatory, especially in the off season and when visiting mid-week.

Though there’s so much to love, by far, I most enjoyed exploring the Walled Garden with its crenellated walls.

Stepping into the Walled Garden is a magical experience.

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

A Stellar Green Space Not Far from New York City

Even many New Yorkers are not aware of all the green spaces that are accessible by mass transit from Manhattan. The 46-acre Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in Yonkers is one of those verdant expanses that’s just a relatively short walk from the Metro North’s Greystone station. 

The Vista with stairs that gently descend to the Hudson River was modeled on Italy’s Villa D’Este where the stairs cascade down to Lake Como.

The Temple of Love offers stellar views of the Hudson River and looks lovely from just about every angle.

It’s worth exploring the nooks and crannies of the magnificent outcrop that’s capped with the grand Temple of Love.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

Wilmington, Delaware for nature lovers

Wilmington, Delaware may not be on everyone’s must-see list but, especially if you’re a nature lover, it should be. Though most noted for its stellar gardens, such as Winterthur, the Mount Cuba Center, the Nemours Estate and Longwood Gardens, there are numerous other venues to explore on foot or by bicycle that get much less tourist traffic. This is my article on a nature-based journey to Wilmington beyond the obvious sights that I wrote for ForbesLife

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