With Humble Gratitude

Published April 23, 2014 by Maryanne


Yesterday I was grateful that, as an author, I not only sold many books at a book signing, but that I was able to shake hands and chat with every single person who purchased a book. I said I never, ever, want to be the person who is “too busy” or “too overwhelmed” to not make someone feel as equally as special as they are making me feel. Life is a give and take and it’s important for us, as human beings to be at each others side, with no one above or below. With humble gratitude, I am thankful.

Book Reading/Signing Bergenfield Library, New Jersey

Published April 22, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4053Me and librarian, Don Hansen

I had an amazing time this morning at the Bergenfield Library, where I did a book reading and signing for my first book: “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X).

It was an excellent turn out! All the seats were filled! For the past several months I’ve been doing a lot of public speaking, but reading from your own book and having people enjoy it and say things like, “You were delightful” was phenomenal!

I shared several stories from my book including: My first concert (Meat Loaf), my friendship with the late Cyrinda Foxe, getting locked in Max’s Kansas City and hanging out with The Bay City Rollers!

I sold several books and I am ecstatic!



I love my lucky “Billy Cat” bag from my friend Shaolin.

I carry the books in here, it brings me good luck!


I enjoyed meeting new people I haven’t met before!

SAM_4059This cool lady told me her kids call her “Metal Mom!”

SAM_4060Friends who actually found me via this blog!

They were at the Annabella Lwin show last fall and saw my blog about the show!



SAM_4063Afterward, with my husband Dennis, my rock!

Radio Show Archive, Enjoy!

Published April 21, 2014 by Maryanne

bringing inspiration to earth

I had so much fun being on Robert Sharpe’s radio program today! It’s now archived, so tune in: ENJOY: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/biteradiome/2014/04/21/on-the-guest-list-adventures-of-a-music-journalist

I spoke about being bullied in high school, hanging out at Max’s Kansas, my late friend Cyrinda Foxe, The Plasmatics, Lori Burton and so much more!

To purchase my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” please visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

EDIT: So cool my friend Eli listened FROM PARIS!


Easter Memories

Published April 20, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4017Delicious dinner

It’s such a blessing to be around loved ones on the holiday season. I’m so happy my cousin Laura invited me and my husband to spend our Easter with her and her family!

SAM_4020My husband Dennis and I

SAM_4047With my cousin Michelle

SAM_4033With my favorite uncle, Uncle Mickey

SAM_4038My husband Dennis and my cousin Laura’s husband, Jack

SAM_4039Me and my cousin, Michelle

SAM_4040Aunt Mary “Dollbabe,” me and Michelle

SAM_4041Michelle, Aunt Joanne and Me

SAM_4044Me and Cousin Laura

Keep Positive!

Published April 19, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4011Me and my friend Sam Popp

Sam and I had an excellent vegan lunch today at Loving Hut in Matawan, New Jersey (http://lovinghut.us/matawan_01/)

Of course I wanted to document the occasion with a photograph. Sam noticed this amazing quote on the wall, so we decided to pose there. And it was so relevant because we’re both such happy, positive, determined people who believe in creating our own destiny!

Ridgewood Ice Cream Shop Raises Money for Paterson Habitat for Humanity

Published April 11, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_3928Pierre Berberoglu, owner of Ridgewood Ben & Jerry’s

(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Here’s an article I wrote about Ben & Jerry’s giving back to the community: http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-ice-cream-shop-raises-money-for-paterson-habitat-for-humanity-1.917861

I had a wonderful time covering this story Tuesday afternoon. It was a gorgeous New Jersey day and I had a sample of the peanut butter/banana yogurt, which was fabulous!

Book Signing, Reporting and Lectures!

Published April 11, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_3964Maryanne and Dennis, heading down the shore!

SAM_3970My husband Dennis and Ron

SAM_3971Me and Ron


This is a week of crazy — good crazy.

It started off Tuesday, reporting on Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day, reporting for Paterson Press. The Ridgewood Ben & Jerrys gave away their free cones to benefit Paterson’s Habitat for Humanity. It was a gorgeous day and I had a taste of the fabulous banana/peanut butter yogurt.

Wednesday night I gave a lecture on the benefits of raw food at Long Valley Library. It was fantastic! I had a great turn out of 15 women who said it was “excellent.” I made a raw chocolate banana pudding and other guests made wonderful salads, raw kale chips and raw flax crackers.

Then last night was my first book reading/signing at Manasquan Public Library. Another gorgeous night and a lot of fun — especially since beforeĀ  I had a drink at this cool restaurant called The Squan: http://www.squantavern.com/ and got to hang out with our cool friend Ron. The three of us returned to The Squan after the reading for dinner. Lots of fun, laughs and great conversation!

To purchase “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Now heading out today to give a lecture about “Remember Our Pets and What They Mean to Us” at an assisted living facility — coincidentally on National Pet Day!