Pear Tree – May 2015

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“Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream.” – Marlon Wayans


Feel free to contact me in regard to using my services (writing, copy editing, researching, typing, public speaking/lectures, 40+ modeling) at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Rates are reasonable, and the first hour phone (or in-person) consultation is free to potential new clients. Every client that uses Pear Tree services will be featured in the newsletter (unless for whatever reason they don’t want to be in the newsletter, as privacy is respected).

And check out my blog (http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/) for updates and happenings. Or find me on Twitter and Linked-In.



“On the Guest List” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

“On the Guest List” is available on Amazon! To get your copy, go here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

“Love Cats” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

My fictitious “Love Cats” will be published later this month and available on Amazon, as well as directly from my publisher, Next Century. Stay tuned!

“Demons, Love and Hope” (formerly titled “The Love of God and a Good Man”) by Ana Kladivko with Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Anna’s memoir is now with Next Century Publishing and will be published within the next few weeks! Exciting times ahead for Anna!

“200 Letters, 62 Years and a War” (Formerly “Loving a Korean War Veteran” by Antoinette and Domenic Lombardi, with Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Antoinette and Domenic’s memoir is nearing publication also. We are just putting the final touches on the book. Stay tuned!

“Paris is Really for Lovers Part II” by Scarlet Cassadine

I’m so happy to be working with Scarlet again, copy editing her sophomore effort, as I worked on Part I last year and it’s available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Is-Really-For-Lovers/dp/1629038466


Prior to my “Paleo for Beginners” foodie event at the Washington Township Library, Long Valley, New Jersey, last month, I was interviewed in the Observer about my paleo lifestyle! Check it out! http://www.newjerseyhills.com/observer-tribune/news/caveman-diet-discussed-in-long-valley/article_225401a6-6fcd-5968-8968-355e730c439a.html


“Italian Food Family and Community”

Last month I presented this lecture at the William E. Dermody Library, Carlstadt, New Jersey. I had the time of my life meeting the most interesting people, including artist Andrea Mistretta (http://www.mardigrasgraphics.com/).

“Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember”

I’m excited to be presenting this lecture on Tuesday, May 12, at Fellowship Senior Living, Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

I’ll be presenting this program again:

  • Wednesday, May 13, Seabrook, Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

 “History of Motown”

I can’t wait to present this phenomenal music-history lesson on Monday, May 18, 7 p.m. at the Bridgewater Library, Bridgewater, New Jersey.

“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry”

Last month was super cool presenting my favorite lecture at Arista Care in South Plainfield, New Jersey and Teaneck Public Library, Teaneck, New Jersey.

“History of Mother’s Day”

I had a most wonderful time presenting this lecture for the Bridgewater Women’s Club last month. If your club is interested in a lecture, reduced rates are available!

I’ll be presenting “Mother’s Day” again:

  • Friday, May 1, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Arista Care, South Plainfield, New Jersey
  • Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7 p.m. at Franklin Lakes Library, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

“Make Art Out of Recyclables” (Children)

Last month, Bridget Briant, Lorraine Brown, and I had a fabulous time presenting at the following New Jersey libraries: Sayreville Library, Lincoln Park Library, Millburn Library, Fairview Library and Secaucus Library. It’s truly rewarding to be around such creative children!

Stay tuned, there will be more dates for this fun program in June and July!

“Senior Prom”

“Senior Prom” was presented at the NJ Easter Star, Bridgewater, New Jersey last month. What a beautiful group of people! I can’t wait to go back!

“Learn and Listen Series: “Ella Fitzgerald”

Carol Erickson and I will be presenting “The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” on Monday, May 4, 1 p.m. at The Jewish Federation Plaza, West Orange, New Jersey.

“Learn and Listen Series: “Elvis Presley”

Ruben Castillo and I will be presenting “The Life and Music of Elvis Presley” on Sunday, May 10, 2:30 p.m. at Spring Hills, Morristown, New Jersey.

 “Here’s to Your Health and the Benefits of Walking”

This was the very first lecture I ever presented, two years ago at Mount Arlington Senior Living, Mount Arlington, New Jersey. I’m so happy to be going back there to present a repeat on Friday, May 8, 2 p.m.

 All Lectures

Here is the complete list of all the current available lectures.



“On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (Free if I can sell books)
Paid Programs


“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry”

“Trends from the 1970s”

“Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember” (land lines, typewriters, etc.)

“History of Motown Music”

“Italian Food, Family and Community”

“Learn and Listen Series”

“The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” (with singer, Carol Erickson)

“The Life and Music of Elvis Presley” (with Ruben Castillo)

Health Conscious Foodies

(Note: Limited to 20 people)

“Raw Foods for Beginners” (includes raw pudding dessert)

“Healthy Pasta Alternatives” (includes dish)

“Paleo for Beginners” (includes dish)

“Benefits of Butter, Fats and Bullet Proof Coffee” (includes coffee)

“Eat Well for the Holidays” (includes dish)


“History of Valentine’s Day”

“Black History Month”

“Luck of the Irish: Discovering Ireland’s History” (with singer)

“Origin of April Fool’s Day”

“History and Origin of Mother’s Day”

“This is Halloween”

“Thanksgiving Fun Facts”

“Holidays around the World”

“History of Santa Claus”


“Make Art out of Recyclables” (with artist Lorraine Brown)


“Here’s to Your Health and the Benefits of Walking”

“Remembering Our Pets”

“Senior Prom”

What makes my lectures unique is that I get the audience to participate, sharing their views and experiences. They always have a great time!

Call 908-276-1514 for pricing.

If there’s an additional topic your residents may be interested in, I can do research free of charge.\

Over 40 Modeling

Why not? Please check out my page on Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/3652779/viewall


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