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Pear Tree July 2017

SAM_2707Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, proprietor

“Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom … The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey

In honor of Independence Day, Pear Tree would like to thank everyone who has supported the independent, small businesses, such as Pear Tree, as we enter our ninth year!

I’m very excited that “The Gypsy Smiled” will be published later this year by GenZ Publishing. I’ve also been writing for New View Media and Vitamin Retailer Magazine. As well as book editing. Please note, there is now a “waiting list” for book editing/ghost writing! Life is good!

NOTE: Due to a highly productive schedule, Pear Tree had to cancel some lectures this summer. Pear Tree apologizes for any inconvenience. Very special thanks to Stephen Fuller for stepping up to plate and presenting some of the Pear Tree Learn & Listen series for me. To find them, please visit his website: www.fullersounds.com

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

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.

AUTHOR

Books

“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.

Journalism

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

 UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS!

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

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

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.

LECTURES

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

General

“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry”

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

“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 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)

Holiday

“Origin of April Fool’s Day”

“History and Origin of Mother’s Day”

Seniors

“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.

BUTTONS

Pear Tree Enterprises has buttons! If you are interested in supporting Pear Tree by proudly wearing a button, please send your address to MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com Please put “Button” as the subject head.

Copyright (c) 2017 Pear Tree Enterprises. All rights reserved.

 

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Pear Tree – December 2015

SAM_9246At book release party for Domenic and Antoinette Lombardi

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” – Guillaume Apollinaire

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

Feel free to contact me in regard to using my services (writing, ghost writing, copy editing, researching, typing, public speaking/lectures) 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 check out my blog (http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/) for updates and happenings. Or find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Linked-In.

AUTHOR

Books

“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/

BOOK EDITOR/GHOST WRITER

Congratulations to Domenic and Antoinette Lombardi! Their book, “200 Letters, 62 Years, and a War” has been published by Next Century Publishing. I was honored to help them write and publish their book. This can be you! Email me at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

MANAGING EDITOR

I’m having a blast as Managing Editor for the upcoming Bergen/Hudson County, New Jersey edition of Dining Out magazine http://diningout.com/

Visiting all the fine restaurants in the area is just awesome, as well as working directly with publisher Paul Turpanjian.

UPCOMING EVENTS

“Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember” Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, 7 p.m. at Boonton Library, Boonton, New Jersey.

“Holidays Around the World” Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, 2 p.m. at Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, New Jersey.

LECTURES

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.

Free

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

“Love Cats” (Free if I can sell books)

Paid Programs

General

“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” (music optional)

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

“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)

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

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)

Holiday

“History of Valentine’s Day”

“Black History Month”

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

“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”

Children

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

Seniors

“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/mystuff/manage_photos

So cool to still be doing this at 52 years of age!

BUTTONS

Pear Tree Enterprises has buttons! If you are interested in supporting Pear Tree by proudly wearing a button, please send your address to MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com Please put “Button” as the subject head.

Copyright (c) 2015 Pear Tree Enterprises. All rights reserved.

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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

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

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.

WRITING and EDITING

Books

“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

IN THE NEWS!

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

PUBLIC SPEAKING EVENTS

“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.

LECTURES

Free

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

General

“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)

Holiday

“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”

Children

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

Seniors

“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

BUTTONS

Pear Tree Enterprises has buttons! If you are interested in supporting Pear Tree by proudly wearing a button, please via email at MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com Please put “Button” as the subject head.

Copyright (c) 2015 Pear Tree Enterprises. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pear Tree – March 2015

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Presenting “Make Art Out of Recyclables” at the Garwood Library

(Photo used with permission by parent)

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

True that imagination will take you everywhere! Before I began Pear Tree, I envisioned working for myself, with clients I liked so much I could call them friends. When you imagine great things, they will come true. It’s called Creative Visualization. Make your dreams come true today by letting me help you write and publish your book. Contact Pear Tree today at: 908-276-1514

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

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

Feel free to contact me in regard to using my services (writing, copy editing, researching, typing, public speaking/lectures) 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).

WRITING and EDITING

Books

“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 this spring! I’m honored to say, I have permission from Hal Leonard to use lyrics by Iggy Pop and The Cure! Stay tuned for more updates regarding “Love Cats.”

“The Love of God and a Good Man” by Ana Kladivko.

Anna’s memoir is just about to be wrapped up, as I’ve been helping her write her memoir for the past few months. Anna lived a very exciting and oftentimes tragic life both in Spain and the United States. It’s an honor to work closely with her as she bares her soul in this candid effort.

“Loving a Korean War Veteran” by Antoinette Lombardi

I’m thrilled to be assisting Antoinette Lombardi in writing her love story. Her husband Domenic was stationed in Korea and wrote her almost 500 letters during that time. It’s an incredible journey ferreting through the letters, photos and news clippings of that era. This will be a grand book – with photos!

PUBLIC SPEAKING EVENTS

“History of Valentine’s Day”

Last month I met the most wonderful people at the Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, New Jersey and the Warren Library, Belvidere, New Jersey, while presenting this lecture!

“Luck of the Irish”

It’s that time of the year again! I’m psyched to be presenting this lecture at the following venues:

  • Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m. at Township of Washington Library, Township of Washington, New Jersey.
  • Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m. at New Providence Library, New Providence, New Jersey. Note that this special presentation will feature special guest Carol Erickson for a vocal performance following the lecture.
  • Monday, March 9, 7 p.m. at the Mahwah Public Library, Mahwah, New Jersey.
  • Friday, March 13, 2 p.m. at Newton Homestead, Newton, New Jersey.
  • Monday, March 16, at JCC in West Orange, New Jersey
  • Tuesday, March 17, at Hudson View in North Bergen, New Jersey.

“Newsies: How the Newspaper Industry Began”

Last month was super cool presenting my favorite lecture at both the Florham Park Seniors, Florham Park, New Jersey and at Independence Manor.

I’ll be presenting “Newsies” again at the following venues:

  • Thursday, March 12, 2 p.m. at Arista Care in South Plainfield, New Jersey.
  • Friday, March 20, 10:30 a.m. at Teaneck Public Library, Teaneck, New Jersey.

“Make Art Out of Recyclables” (Children)

“Make Art Out of Recyclables” was presented at The Garwood Library last month and it was amazing! This month the program will be presented at Wantage Library, Wantage, New Jersey on Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m.

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

I had a blast presenting this lecture again at the Chatham Library, Chatham, New Jersey, for the Chatham Antique Society.

Next up is Wednesday, March 4, 2 p.m. when I’m mad psyched to be returning to the Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, New Jersey to present “Going, Going, Gone!” again!

All Lectures

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

LECTURES

Free

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

Motivational Speaking for Schools

“Be a Leader, Not a Bully”

General

“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”

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)

NEW! Learn and Listen Series

Ella Fitzgerald (with singer)

Holiday

“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”

Children

“Make Art Out of Recyclables” (with artist Bridget Briant)

“Be a Leader Not a Bully” (with author Felicia Capers)

Seniors

“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!

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

Call 908-276-1514 for pricing

BUTTONS

Pear Tree Enterprises has buttons! If you are interested in supporting Pear Tree by proudly wearing a button, please via email at MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com Please put “Button” as the subject head.

WHAT IS ‘PEAR TREE ENTERPRISES’?

Often I’m asked, “What exactly is Pear Tree Enterprises?”

In short, Pear Tree Enterprises is a business I started back in August 2008. I registered the name in February 2009 to make what I do more than just “freelance” work. The work I do is mainly book editing, writing, copy editing and proofreading. But I also manage entertainers! Being a creative person who loves all areas of the arts, that is not so far-fetched. I give each client the individual attention they deserve by using time blocks. To see how satisfied Pear Tree clients are, please read the testimonial section.

In addition to all of the above I’ve also dabbled in personal assistance and modeling and always welcome more work.

I hope this answers your questions and I look forward to doing business with you!

 Copyright (c) 2015 Pear Tree Enterprises. All rights reserved.