April 2014

(by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Maryanne (right) with fellow author Paulette Szalay

"Life is like a restaurant, order what you like and expect it to arrive!" - Michael Brill

The other day I was in my bank (actually, being self-employed I’m in the bank almost every day) and one of the older tellers was complaining that she hated her job.

I suggested she do something she enjoys instead.

Another customer overheard me – a young man – and started yelling, “I need money! I can’t do what I want.”

I said, “You can do anything you want in life.”

The young man ignored me and kept yelling.

It was sad because the teller was trying to tell me what she really wanted to do, but his voice overpowered hers as he continued to rant and rave like a know-it-all maniac.

The punch line is – the woman wanted to do something I could have helped her with since I know a lot of people. But it was a missed opportunity because of the discouragement. Then I started second guessing myself. Perhaps I shouldn’t meddle? If people are miserable, let them figure it out for themselves.

But then when I checked my emails and saw the great quote (above) from Michael Brill, I agreed. Don’t sell yourself short, figure out what you like and go for it!


Feel free to contact me in regard to using any of my clients or to use my services (writing, copy editing, researching, typing, personal assistance and promoting, and business consulting – or anything else, just ask!) 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”
Design by Darlene Foster.




“On the Guest List” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

“On the Guest List” is now available on Amazon! To get your copy, go here:


I had a most wonderful time being a guest on The Bully Proof Classroom blog radio, with host Jim Burns last month. For those who missed it, you can check out the full show here:


Also, a special shout out to WFMU-DJ Glen Jones (and side-kick X-Ray Burns) for mentioning “On the Guest List” on their radio show. And additional thanks to Glen for linking to his Facebook page! You can check out The Glen Jones radio show on WFMU, 91.1 FM or visit the website for archived shows:


So many amazing things are happening in April for “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” and I’m certainly enjoying the ride.

On Monday, April 21, I’ll be interviewed on BITE (Bringing Inspiration to Earth) blog radio, hosted by Robert Sharp at 4 p.m. For more information, visit: http://www.biteradio.me.

On Tuesday, April 22, I’ll be reading from “On the Guest List” at the Bergenfield Library, 50 W. Clinton Ave., Bergenfield, at 10:30 a.m. and selling books. - Click here for directions.

On Thursday, April 24, I’ll be a featured author at Gallery U Boutique in Westfield, 439 South Avenue W, Westfield, between 7 and 9 p.m. - Click here for directions.

And on Friday, April 25, I’ll be having a reading and Q&A segment at Milford Public Library, 40 Frenchtown Rd., Milford at 7 p.m.
Click here for directions.


Paterson Press

I was very excited to attend and report on the Paterson Museum art exhibit:


Maryanne presenting "Luck of the Irish"

“Newsies: How the Newspaper Industry Began”
I had a wonderful time presenting “Newsies: How the Newspaper Industry Began” to Country Meadows in Allentown, PA.

I will be presenting “Newsies” again on Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m. at Manasquan Public Library, 55 Broad St., Manasquan, NJ. Following the lecture, I’ll be selling copies of my book, “On the Guest List: History of a Music Journalist.” - Click here for directions.

“Luck of the Irish”
It was fantastic returning to Runnells on March 4 to present “Luck of the Irish.” I was honored to have some friends from Runnells, Edith and Caroline, sing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.” It truly made the lecture extra fun! I also presented the lecture at Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge, NJ; Atria in Cranford, NJ; Mountainside Library in Mountainside, NJ; and Saint Francis in Denville, NJ and had a most wonderful time at each and every place!

Maryanne with friends Edith and Caroline at Runnells

“History of Mother's Day”

I’ll be presenting “History of Mother’s Day” on Thursday, April 3, at 11 a.m. at Somerset County Library System, 1 Vogt Dr. in Bridgewater, NJ.
Click here for directions.

“Benefits of Raw Food”
I’ll be presenting “Benefits of Raw Food” at Washington Township Public Library, 37 E. Springtown Rd. in Long Valley, NJ on Wednesday, April 9
at 7 p.m.
- Click here for directions.

“Remembering Your Pets and What They Mean to You”
I’ll be presenting “Remembering Your Pets and What They Mean to You” on Friday, April 11, at Care One, 100 W. Ridgewood Ave. in Paramus, NJ. Click here for directions.

“History of April Fool's Day”
I’ll be presenting “History of April Fool’s Day” on Thursday, April 17 at Leisure Park in Lakewood, NJ.

“Here's To Your Health and the Benefits of Walking”
I’ll be presenting “Here’s to Your Health and The Benefits of Walking” on Tuesday, April 29, at Lee Memorial Library, 500 Crescent Ave., Allendale, NJ at 1 p.m. - Click here for directions.

All Lectures

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

  • "Here's to Your Health and the Benefits of Walking" (Seniors)
  • “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist”
  • "Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry"
  • “Benefits of Raw Foods” (includes raw pudding dessert)
  • "History of Valentine's Day"
  • “Black History Month”
  • "Luck of the Irish: Discovering Ireland's History”
  • “Origin of April Fool’s Day”
  • “History and Origin of Mother’s Day”
  • “History of Motown Music”
  • “History of Father's Day”
  • “Trends from the 1970s”
  • “Remembering Our Pets”
  • “Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember ” (land lines, typewriters, etc.)
  • "Friends, Ties That Bind"
  • "Famous Entertainers from New Jersey"
  • "A Tribute to Comedian Andy Kaufman"
  • "Law of Attraction: Focusing on Positive Thoughts"
  • "This is Halloween"
  • "Explore the History of Thanksgiving"
  • "Holidays around the World"
  • "History of Santa Claus"
  • "Why Are Women Catty?”(Female Empowerment)

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.



I book the following musicians into libraries, assisted living facilities and hospitals. Perhaps you may want one of these clients to perform at your facility? Rates are reasonable. Give me a call: 908-276-1514.



Jim Cuthbert will be performing at The William Jeans Memorial Library, 4051 Joshua Rd., Lafayette Hill, PA on Thursday, April 17. Call library for more details at 610-828-0441.









Gerard and Diane Barros will be performing at Mountainside Library, Mountainside, NJ on Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m. and at the Glen Ridge Library, Glen Ridge, NJ on Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m.




I’ve been promoting author Wendy Dolber author of “The Guru Next Door” (http://thegurunextdoor.com) getting her on Internet radio shows. It’s always such a pleasure to work directly with Wendy!

Health & Nutrition
I’m thrilled to be back promoting Dr. Robert White and Dr. Jason Kaufman once again. They specialize in weight loss, chiropractic care and so much more. Check out their website at: http://www.advancedintegratedhealth.com/weight-loss


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?”

Well, to find out, you can go to “The Vault” and check out my first newsletter which explains in full how I started my business.

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, copyediting 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!

"On the Guest List" is now available on Amazon!