August 2014

(by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Maryanne and Keith Roth, of WRAT 95.9

You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.” – Stephen Richards

The other day in conversation with a friend, she mistakenly seemed sad for me that I was doing a book signing on a Saturday – because God forbid anyone “work” on a weekend. I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – when you do what you love, you’ve never worked a day in your life. And at this particular book signing, I met a girl in person for the first time, a fellow writer, who I became friends with online on Wordpress. Her name is Joanne Best and she’s the coolest person I met in a long time. I feel I found a long-lost sister. And I’m ecstatic she thinks the same!

When you meet such amazing people, because of what you do, how can “working” on a Saturday ever seem like sacrifice? Whether it’s Monday, Sunday or Saturday, I am always so grateful, to God, to be alive and experiencing life to the fullest – in both work and play! I love my life and never want to retire! I’m always going to be the rolling stone, gathering no moss – like Keith Richards, in my 70s and still rockin’! (which is just 20 years from now!)

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

July was absolutely amazing!

I was a guest on Keith Roth’s “Electric Ballroom” WRAT 95.9 FM (WRAT.COM – worldwide radio show!) It was so much fun going down to the studio and not only being interviewed, but co-hosting the show! I shared stories from “Guest List” and then some and chose music by The Dead Boys, NY Dolls, D-Generation, Plasmatics, Love & Rockets, Lou Christie, The Monkees, The Ramones and The Clash.

I was also a guest on The Vodka Press Podcast for a segment on Women Journalists:

Upcoming “Guest List” events for August:

I’ll be reading from and signing copies of “Guest List” at the Sayreville Public Library,” Sayreville, New Jersey, on Monday, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. and at the Garwood Public Library, Garwood, New Jersey, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m.


“Newsies: How the Newspaper Industry Began”

I had a wonderful time presenting “Newsies” at the Cranford Library, Cranford, New Jersey. Thanks so much, John Malar. And special thanks to my husband, Dennis, and to special friends Nelson Popp and Linda Isoldi Jackson for coming!

Sommerville Library Marquee

I’ll be presenting “Newsies” again at JCC, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange, New Jersey, on Monday, Aug. 11, at 12:30 p.m.; at Mountainside Library, Mountainside, New Jersey on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m.; and at Leisure Park, Lakewood, New Jersey on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 12:15 p.m

“Here’s to Your Health”

I had a wonderful time presenting “Here’s to Your Health,” at Allendale Library, Allendale last month and hope to come back.

“Raw Food For Beginners”

“Raw Food for Beginners” at the West Caldwell Public Library, was fantastic! I had a great time and so did the patrons!

All Lectures

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)

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:


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!

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