Pear Tree December 2014

SAM_6393Maryanne Mistretta, proprietor

“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.”W. C. Jones

A generous gift from the heart certainly brings the magic of Christmas to our daily lives. Why not make your dream (or a loved one’s dream) come true with the gift of writing? I’ve helped several authors get their books published over the years. I can help you too! Call Pear Tree today: 908-276-1514 and let the magic of Christmas begin!

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


Feel free to contact me in regard to using any of my clients or to use my services (writing, copy editing, researching, typing, public speaking/lectures) at: MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com.

Rates are reasonable, and the first hour phone 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).



“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

Sunday, Dec. 7, I am one of the guests at Bric a Brac, 123 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston, NJ. I’ll be signing copies of “Guest List” at 7 p.m. And my dear friend, Darlene Foster (www.darlenefoster.com) will be presenting her art there too. Thanks so much to Viv for having me back at her super cool shop!

And here’s an interview I did over the summer on Totally Driven Radio with Bay Ragni. I had a blast, as Bay knew a lot about music.

“The Love of God and a Good Man” by Anna Kladivko. Anna’s memoir is still in the beginning stages. 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.


“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” Tuesday, Dec. 2, I’ll be presenting “Newsies” at Summit Free Public Library, Summit, NJ, at 7:30 p.m.

“Holidays Around the World” Wednesday, Dec. 3, I’ll be presenting this lecture for the first time at Franciscan Oaks in Denville, NJ, at 7:30 p.m.

”Make Art Out of Recyclables” (Children) Wednesday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m., I’ll be debuting “Make Art Out of Recyclables” – a program I’ve developed with yoga teacher/children’s yoga teacher and artist, Bridget Briant (http://www.yogatogonj.com/index.html). This is one of many classes we’ll be presenting, so please follow Pear Tree to see when we’ll be coming to your area! Or contact me at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

  Bridget Briant ArtRecycled Snowman by Bridget Briant

“Thanksgiving Fun Facts” Last month I was very happy to return to Runnels in Bridgewater and the Mountainside Library in Mountainside to present “Thanksgiving Fun Facts.”

“Eat Well for the Holidays” Did you overdo it on Thanksgiving? Have no fear! I’ll be presenting “Eat Well for the Holidays” on Saturday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. at the Warren County Library, Belvidere. Learn how to eat healthy without deprivation. I’ll also be presenting this lecture on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. at the Westfield Library, Westfield, N.J.

“Here’s to Your Health and the Benefits of Walking” Learn more about health on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. at the Edgewater Library, Edgewater, N.J. when I present this informative lecture to keep you in check for the holiday season and beyond.

“Trends of the 1970s” Last month I presented “Trends of the 1970s” at Ridgewood Library. It was great fun taking a step back in time with a great bunch of people!

SAM_6388Presenting Trends of the 1970s

“Going, Going, Gone! What the Next Generation Won’t Remember” If nostalgia is your thing, please come to this fun, interactive presentation on Thursday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. at the Montville Library, in Montville, New Jersey.

“History of Motown Music” Wow! Just wow! I couldn’t ask for a better audience last month at the Elmwood Park Public Library when I presented “History of Motown.” That audience was on fire! Thanks so much to Jennifer Lazipis for having me back! I’ll be presenting other lectures here in 2015, so stay tuned!

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

Motivational Speaking for Schools

“Be a Leader, Not a Bully”


“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”

“Across the Border: Arts and Music of New Mexico”

“Italian Food, Family and Community”

Health Conscious Foodies

(Note: Those that include a dish are limited to 20 people)

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

“Healthy Pasta Alternatives” (includes dish)

“Paleo for Beginners” (includes dish)

“Benefits of Bullet Proof Coffee”


“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”

“Explore the History of Thanksgiving”

“Holidays around the World”

“History of Santa Claus”


“Make Art Out of Recyclables”

“Cute with Fruit”


“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 and availability.

What makes my lectures unique is that I get the residents 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 do research free of charge.


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.


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!

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