July 2014

(by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, author

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. – Willie Nelson.

The other day I was shopping in Whole Foods – mind you not my favorite place to shop. Let’s be real, the cashiers are just downright nasty and miserable.

Anyway, there was also an autistic man working there, gathering shopping carts in the parking lot and packing shelves. I ran into him three times. All three times he was friendly and smiling. Yet, an able bodied cashier couldn’t even crack a smile.

While I complained to the manager about the cashier’s nasty attitude, I decided that when I left the store, I’d focus more on the mindset of the happy autistic man.

And as I walked away, I was thinking, that man made me happier than he’ll ever know. Then my day turned out amazing!

Since there’s so much going on, I can’t write about everything, so feel free to check out my blog (http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com) 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 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:


June was absolutely amazing!

On June 8, I was honored to be a part of the “Diamond Love” book release party, hosted by author S.C. Miotto. “Diamond Love” is her second book and it was fun editing and working with Stefanie again.

On June 14 it was wonderful selling copies of Guest List at the Montclair Street Fair on Fullerton Avenue. Thanks to Robert Greco of Atelier Couture for letting me share a table with photographer/author/poet Robert P. Langdon.

Then later that evening I had a wonderful time reading and selling books at Rock ‘n’ Paws, hosted by Ashley Valentine at 10th St. Live in Kenilworth. The place was totally rocking with great bands and over $1000 was raised for the ASPCA!

Maryanne signing "Guest List"
for Danny Solazzi of The Characters

June 20 I had an excellent signing, reading and Q&A at Milford Library, Milford, New Jersey. I love this library so much!

And now, for the coolest thing of all – last month I went backstage to meet Lou Christie and gave him a copy of Guest List! I was so happy to finally meet a musician whose work I’ve admired, mostly in recent years, but have enjoyed on the radio when I was a little girl.

When I told Lou this, he said to me, “And you’re still a little girl.”
What a charmer and an inspiration!

Maryanne with legend Lou Christie!



Upcoming “Guest List” events for July:

Saturday, July 12, 4 to 5 p.m. I’ll be reading from “Guest List” and signing copies at the Sommerville Public Library, Sommerville, New Jersey.

Saturday, July 19, 1 p.m. I’ll be reading from “Guest List” and signing copies at Old Bridge Library, Old Bridge, New Jersey.

Thursday, July 31, 6 p.m. I’ll be reading from “Guest List” and signing copies at Lodi Memorial Library, Lodi, New Jersey.

“Diamond Love” by S.C. Miotto
This sexy romance is now available on Amazon!
Congratulations Stefanie!

“My Best Friend Cullen” by Wayne Cesa and Frank J. Orefice, Jr.

I spent most of June copy editing this heartfelt story about a young basketball player who was born with AIDS.

“A Journey to the Gallows” by Vic Butsch and Tommy Coletti During the month of June, I’ve also been editing this amazing history book about anti-slavery.


Was extremely happy to report on a Paterson youth group performing at NJPAC, and have a photo credit too! Read the story here: http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-a-show-of-paterson-pride-city-youth-music-group-performs-at-nj-pac-1.1032590


“Newsies: How the Newspaper Industry Began”
I was thrilled to present “Newsies” at Atria, Cranford, New Jersey on June 5. Atria, Cranford is one of my favorite places and I’m always happy to return!

I’ll present “Newsies” again on Monday, July 7, at the Cranford Library, Cranford, New Jersey, at 7:30 p.m.

I’ll be presenting “Newsies” at JCC, 15 Durban Rd., Hopatcong, New Jersey, on Wednesday, July 23, 7 p.m.

And finally, I’ll be presenting “Newsies” on Monday, July 28, 7 p.m. at Mountainside Library, Mountainside, New Jersey.

“Senior Prom”
I was thrilled present “Senior Prom” for seniors on June 24 at Runnells! Another one of my favorite places that I love going to!

“Here’s to Your Health”
I’ll be presenting “Here’s to Your Health,” on Tuesday, July 1, at Allendale Library, Allendale, New Jersey at 11 a.m.

“Raw Food For Beginners”
I’ll be presenting “Raw Food for Beginners” at the West Caldwell Public Library, on Tuesday, July 8, West Caldwell, New Jersey, at 6 p.m. This presentation includes a healthy raw food dessert!

All Lectures

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

Maryanne with Pear Tree clients
Gerard and Diane Barros
  • "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"

    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.









Last month Gerard & Diane Barros gave a wonderful concert at Glen Ridge Public Library in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. It’s always a pleasure to check them out!

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.newjerseyburnfat.com

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


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!