Happy Birthday!

Published December 19, 2014 by Maryanne

Happy Birthday Dogs

YES! I’ve come up with the least offensive Seasons Greeting — suitable for ALL!

If you say, “Happy Holidays” it offends Christians. If you say “Merry Christmas” it offends everyone else. So just say, “Happy Birthday!”

Happy Birthday is a win-win-win, because #1 Christians will think you’re saying Happy Birthday to Jesus; #2 Others will think you meant to say “Happy Holidays”; #3 Those who have birthdays around this time of year and often feel neglected because of the holiday hoopla will feel extra special!


“Eat Well for the Holidays” at Westfield Library

Published December 18, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_6640Maryanne and librarian, Jennifer

Thanks to Jennifer and Westfield Library for having me present “Eat Well for the Holidays.”

I spoke about little “tricks” you can do to stay motivated during the holiday season as well as how to deal with “food pushers.”

Afterward, I served paleo, gluten free, grain free, sugar free zucchini bread from The Squirrel and The Bee  in Short Hills, NJ (http://thesquirrelandbee.com/).

For a list of all my lectures (available to libraries, JCC groups, seniors, health clubs, schools, etc.) please visit me at: www.peartreeenterprises.com

A Winter Blessing

Published December 16, 2014 by Maryanne


A winter blessing.

This little bunny is having a spiritual retreat in our yard. We spotted him at 8:30 a.m. Five hours later, he’s in the same meditative, peaceful position. Rabbits symbolize: love, luck, growth, creativity, harmony, abundance and esoteric knowledge.

HIM – Starland Ballroom 12-11-14

Published December 12, 2014 by Maryanne


I’ve been a HIM fan almost 10 years now, though they’ve been around a lot longer. I first saw them at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC back in 2005.

Last night was the second time I saw them at Starland Ballroom. The sound was not the best, but they did all my favorite songs — songs I never saw them do live before, one great one after another, and a lot from my favorite album, “Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights.”

I was right in the front (stage left) but unfortunately couldn’t get a set list, so in no particular order, here’s some of my favorites: “Right Here in My Arms,” “Wicked Game,” “Rebel Yell,” Sacrament,” “Buried Alive By Love,” “Funeral of Hearts,” “Pretending,” “Heartache Every Moment,” “In Joy and Sorrow,” “Salt in Our Wounds.”





SAM_6547Me, back at the bar

SAM_6601Drummer, Mika Karppinen was nice to pose on a very cold night!


“Make Art Out of Recyclables”

Published December 10, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_6520Bridget Briant

Today, Bridget Briant and I did our first presentation of “Make Art Out of Recyclables” at the Avon Public Library. We helped 20 little ones, ages 6 to 10, make snowmen from socks, cotton balls, branches, toothpicks and fabric! Next one is in January at Allendale Library. (For more info, visit my website at: www.peartreeenterprises.com).

We are available to present to libraries and children’s parties. Please contact me directly for more information at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com or call 908-276-1514.

Here is our synopsis of the program:

Make Art Out of Recycled Materials

Recycling is not only good for the environment. When creative sparks fly, old junk and trash can become a child’s masterpiece!

Whether it’s making robots out of old cereal boxes, dolls out of Q-tips, puppets from old socks, or “designer” footwear from old buttons, children will have a blast at this informative, fun, inter-active class which is geared towards children ages 6 to 10.

Each class is different, according to seasons and materials available. Classes are limited to 20 children, so must have a sign-up sheet. And so that no child gets left out, we do offer discounted “back-to-back” programs.

Class is conducted by award-winning journalist, author and public speaker, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta; and artist/yoga teacher/children’s yoga teacher, Bridget Briant.

Bric a Brac Holiday Party

Published December 8, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_6477Getting Ready

It was fantastic to be back at Bric a Brac, in Livingston, selling my book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” for their holiday party hosted by Vivienne Cesaro.

Artist and good friend Darlene Foster (www.darlenefoster.com) also showcased her work.

A great time was had by all!

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

For more information on Bric a Brac, see article: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/livingston/articles/vintage-boutique-bric-a-brac-gives-public-a-sneak

SAM_6484Pat Deck-Arce of Young Living, me and Darlene Foster

SAM_6489Darlene Foster, Viv Cesaro and Me

Meet Dr. Pelechaty!

Published December 7, 2014 by Maryanne

Dr. PelechatyDr. Orest Pelechaty (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Several month ago I had a nagging pain in my shoulder area. It was getting so bad that I was having trouble putting my coat on. At 51, I wouldn’t accept that this was part of growing older. I was always active in many things: yoga, biking, swimming, light weights, Pilates, kickboxing, etc. Plus, I’m not a couch potato by any means. I’m the person who rarely says “no” to invites. So when this arm issue kept getting worse and worse, I complained more and more to my husband, Dennis, who suggested going to Dr. Pelechaty — an acupuncturist that not only got rid of my husband’s pain, but his severe allergies!

I was no stranger to acupuncture, as I already went to several of them, though none felt like “home” to me, until I met Dr. Pelechaty. He was incredibly down to earth … in order words, he spoke my language, and I felt comfortable immediately. Whatever was wrong with my arm, it did take some time to heal, but with consistent acupuncture treatments and Young Living Oils, I’m now 99 percent healed! After months of suffering, I can now: do my yoga shoulder stands again; put on a coat without excruciating pain; and I can hug friends without re-arranging my arm to feel the least pain possible.

Of course I’m not the only person who sings praises for Dr. Pelechaty. Check out the testimonials on his web page: http://www.healandrenew.com/

You can also learn more about holistic health on his You Tube channel. In this first video, he teaches the benefits of water:

For the past few months I’ve been representing Dr. Pelechaty and getting him booked into libraries in the area. If you’re interested in having Dr. Pelechaty speak at your library or event, you may contact me directly at maryannechristiano@gmail.com or call 908-276-1514.


Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Pelechaty will be presenting “Successful Weight Loss” at the Mountainside Library, 1 Constitutional Plaza, Mountainside, NJ.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Dr. Pelechaty will present “Stay Healthy with the Seasons” at Linden  Library, 31 E. Henry St., Linden, NJ.