Pear Tree — August 2017

SAM_2883Ch-ch-ch-changes for me — and Pear Tree! 

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Benjamin Franklin

Entering Pear Tree’s ninth year, there’s been some super positive changes!

First, after being solely self-employed over the past nine years, over a month ago I started working at my dream job – in the editorial department of a magazine! It’s such a blessing to be working with such a great team too.

So, what does that mean for Pear Tree? It means that Pear Tree will still be going strong! I am still freelancing for Vitamin Retailer, still helping others write their books, and giving lectures. The only difference is that lectures will be held solely on weekends.

It also means that while I’m a supersonic wonder woman who loves to work, I’ll also be taking some well-deserved vacations and time off. That said, there may be a bit of a waiting list for ghost writing/book editing, but be assured, that as always, Pear Tree is the business to call on! I have my dynamite copy editor Cynthia Santiglia helping me out; as well as a new team of vocalists assisting me with my Learn & Listen series. So, give a big Pear Tree welcome to Doreen Brusca Arminio, who will be my new Ella Fitzgerald; and Morissa Schwartz, who will be my new Janis Joplin.

Change is a good thing – embrace it!

And let’s not forget my third book “The Gypsy Smiled” will be out later this year. GenZ Publishing is shooting for October.

NOTE: Due to a highly productive schedule, Pear Tree had to cancel some lectures this summer. Pear Tree apologizes for any inconvenience.


Feel free to contact me regarding my services (writing, ghost writing, book editing, blogging, 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 later this year.


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


Saturday, September 16, 2017, 3 p.m. “The Life and Music of David Bowie” Elmwood Park Library. Free.

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 2 p.m. “The Life and Music of David Bowie” – Kinnelon Library, Kinnelon, New Jersey. Free.

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 3 p.m. “The Life and Music of John Lennon” – Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Free.

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

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 3 p.m. “The Life and Music of Johnny Cash” – Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Free.

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 3 p.m. “The Life and Music of Janis Joplin” – Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Free.

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 3 p.m. “The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” – Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, 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.)


“Create Your Dream Box” (Limited to 10)

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

“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 Ella Fitzgerald” (with Doreen Brusca Arminio)

“The Life and Music of Janis Joplin” (with Morissa Schwartz)

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”

“Remembering Our Pets”

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.


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