Pear Tree May 2017

Her photoIben Skjernaa Lyhne (left) and Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta (right)

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer.

 The super cool news last month was that I had the opportunity to meet Iben Skjernaa Lyhne, who is one of my non-profit ROAR (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) supporters – and her son Mads Emil Limon Lyhne.

They were visiting the U.S., from Denmark, and I’m so happy they fit me in their very busy schedule. It’s always fantastic meeting fellow animal lovers.

And speaking of animal lovers, be sure to check out my article for Vitamin Retailer, “It’s Reigning Cats & Dogs.” The link is below in the “journalism” section.

In other news, I am meeting with GenZ publisher Morissa Schwartz this month to go over the proofs for my first traditionally published book, “The Gypsy Smiled.” It will be out later this year and I cannot wait!


Feel free to contact me regarding my services (writing, ghost writing, book editing, typing, public speaking/lectures, and wedding officiant) at: MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com.

Rates are reasonable, and the first hour phone (or in-person) consultation is free to potential new clients. Every client who 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 be sure to check out my blog (http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/) for updates and happenings. Or find me on Twitter, Facebook, 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

“Love Cats” is now available on Amazon! For paperback, go here:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513 and for Kindle, go here:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/

 “The Gypsy Smiled” will be traditionally published by GenZ from three to six months.


I’ve been a professional journalist since 1995, writing for magazines, websites and newspapers. Currently I am writing for Vitamin Retailer Magazine and New View Media.

Here are links to some recent articles:

“Reigning Cats & Dogs”: http://vitaminretailer.com/reigning-cats-dogs/

Grammy Winning Producer Rob Fusari: https://issuu.com/newviewmg/docs/livingston_-_october_2016_1.32.44_p/13?e=18163354/39801602


 Thursday, May 4, 2017, 2 p.m. “Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember” – Fairfield Library, Fairfield, New Jersey. Free.

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2 p.m. “Life and Music of Nat King Cole” – Cliffside Park Library, Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Free.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6 p.m. “Life and Music of Frank Sinatra” – Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Free.

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7 p.m. “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” – New City, New York. Free.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 6:30 p.m. “The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” – Caldwell Library, Caldwell, New Jersey. Free.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 7 p.m. “The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” – Carlstadt Library, Carlstadt, New Jersey. Free.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 7 p.m. “The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” – Cherry Hill Public Library, Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Free.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 1 p.m. “The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” – Community Center, Morris Plains. Tickets will be available in July. Stay tuned for more information.

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, 7 p.m. “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” – Nutley, New Jersey. Book reading and book signing. Free.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, 2 p.m. “Thanksgiving Fun Facts” – Fairfield Library, Fairfield, New Jersey. Free.

Contact me (maryannechristiano@gmail.com) if your library, JCC, rotary club, or senior group would love to have a presentation. Topics are listed below. Or we can discuss creating a topic for additional cost.


Below is the complete list of all the current available lectures. Please note: paid lectures are only available to corporations that pay “day of.” Pear Tree no longer presents programs to facilities that have a net 30, 60, 90 day policy.

Paid Programs


“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry”

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

“Trends from the 1970s”

“History of Motown Music” (music optional)

“Italian Food, Family and Community” (music optional)

“Learn and Listen Series” (MADE FRONT PAGE OF CALDWELL NEWS!) 

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

“The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” (with Stephen Fuller)

“The Life and Music of Frank Sinatra” (with Stephen Fuller)

“The Life and Music of Sammy Davis Jr.” (with Stephen Fuller)

“The Life and Music of David Bowie” (with Keith Beck)

“The Life and Music of John Lennon” (with Keith Beck)

“The Life and Music of Johnny Cash” (with Keith Beck)

“The Life and Music of Patsy Cline” (with Adrienne Asterita)

“The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” (with Adrienne Asterita; or fill-in, Doreen Brusca Arminio )

Read more about the Learn & Listen Series on the front page of the Caldwell News! http://www.mypaperonline.com/library-patrons-learn-and-listen-about-famous-musicians.html

Pear Tree Music Extravaganza

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta hosts music shows tailored to your needs featuring between one and three musical artists that she represents. So far, we have holiday shows and a show for Valentine’s Day. Is there something else you have in mind? Let’s talk! Call 908-276-1514

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)

“Eat Well for the Holidays” (includes dish)



“Origin of April Fool’s Day”

“History and Origin of Mother’s Day”



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


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.


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