September 2014

(by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Maryanne, sole proprietor

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – Les Brown

Last month I turned 51 and it’s just so exciting dreaming about all the things I still want to do in life. That’s the beauty of growing older, you can look to the future while rejoicing on all the things you’ve accomplished in your past!

Since there’s so much going on, I can’t write about everything, so feel free to check out my blog for updates and happenings. Or find me on Face Book, 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, personal assistance and promoting, and business consulting – or anything else, just ask!) at

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 available on Amazon! To get your copy, go here:

Sometimes it’s the little things. This girl will never know how happy she made me. A girl named Kristen, listed “On the Guest List” in her Badass Books section on Pinterest! I’m thrilled to be in the same company as Richard Hell, Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg!

I had another book signing/reading at Garwood Public Library. Stay tuned for pictures!

I’ll also be doing a book signing/reading at Sayreville Public Library, Sayreville, New Jersey on Thursday, Sep. 18, at 2 p.m.

And a very special reading/signing/party on Sunday, Sep. 28 at Bric-a-Brac in Livingston, NJ from 2 to 4 p.m.


Presenting "Newsies" outdoors at JCC, Hoptacong

“Newsies: How the Newspaper Industry Began”

I had a great time presenting “Newsies” again at JCC, West Orange, New Jersey and at Leisure Park, Lakewood, New Jersey. It was fun and I met some wonderful new friends.

I’ll be presenting “Newsies” again on Tuesday, Sep. 16, at Chester Library, Chester, NJ, at 7 p.m.

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

I had a fantastic time presenting this lecture at Sayreville Library. Thanks so much to Alaina for going out of her way with the promotions.

“Healthy Pasta Alternatives”

I’ll be presenting “Healthy Pasta Alternatives” for the first time at Washington Township Library in Long Valley, New Jersey, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. I look forward to returning here, as I had such a great time presenting “Raw Foods for Beginniners” not too long ago.

“New Jersey Entertainers, Musicians, Actors and Comedians”

I’ll be presenting “New Jersey Entertainers” for the first time at Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn, New Jersey, on Saturday, Sep. 20, at 11 a.m.

“Raw Foods for Beginners”

I’m thrilled to be giving this lecture again at Cedar Grove Public Library, Cedar Grove, New Jersey, on Tuesday, Sep. 23, at 6 p.m.

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

I’m excited to be presenting this lecture for the first time on Wednesday, Sep. 24, 2:30 p.m. at Delaire Nursing, Linden, New Jersey.

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



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

"Going, Going, Gone!" presentation

Paid Programs


"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”
 “Famous Entertainers from New Jersey”
“A Tribute to Comedian Andy Kaufman”
“Law of Attraction: Focusing on Positive Thoughts”

Health Conscious Foodies

(Note: Those that include a dish are limited to 15 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"


"Here's to Your Health and the Benefits of Walking" (Seniors)
“Remembering Our Pets”
“Senior Prom”

What makes my lectures unique is that I get the residents to participate, sharing their views and experiences. They always have a great time!

Call 908-276-1514 for pricing.

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.



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:

For a free weight loss consultation, call and mention “Pear Tree.”

I’m also very excited to be working with Kathy Lindert, author and hypnotherapist. Check out her awesome site at:

And now, welcome onboard, Dr. Orest Pelechaty. Check out his amazing website at:


Pear Tree Enterprises has buttons! If you are interested in supporting Pear Tree by proudly wearing a button, please via email at 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!