Turtles Happy Together Tour 2015, State Theater, New Brunswick

Published August 3, 2015 by Maryanne

HappyTogether_Front-2Happy Together Tour 2015

My husband surprised me with tickets to this fabulous show last night at the State Theatre, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

It was a last minute decision, so we had seats in the last row! (If we got closer, we wouldn’t have been able to sit together, though we did see some people trading seats so they could be with the ones they came in with).

We had a blast! Every band was so tight and fun. There was a “house band” for most of the acts (for bass, drums and keys), which moved things along as every band did their hits.

First up was The Buckinghams, whose famous hit was “Kind of a Drag.”

Then our personal favorites — The Cowsills!! We saw them last year at a headline show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which was amazing. It was The Cowsills who brought us to this show. They opened with my favorite, “The Rain, The Park & Other Things.” Other hits were “Love American Style,” “Indian Lake,” and the legendary “Hair.”

Next was The Grass Roots with hits “Midnight Confessions” and “I’d Wait a Million Years.” (I had both singles as a little girl!)

Then came The Association. Known for “Along Came Mary,” “Cherish,” and the most beautiful “Never My Love.”

Then Mark Lindsay who sang with Paul Revere and the Raiders and had a huge hit, “Kicks.”

And finally, The Turtles (who I saw 10 years ago at an outdoor show in Hoboken). My favorites by them is “Eleanor.” And they had the whole audience standing for their biggest hit “Happy Together.”

As a finale, all the bands came out again and performed a few lines of their hits.

What a super fun, high energy show! If you get a chance to get tickets, this line-up is phenomenal!

SAM_8160Waiting for the show to start!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist.” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Lose Weight Naturally With Iaso Tea

Published August 1, 2015 by Maryanne

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I just finished a five-day tea cleanse with Iaso Tea (http://5in5healthchallenge.com/). If you order the tea, there is a free gift!

The cleanse was very easy. You could just eat as you usually do drink eight ounces with lunch and dinner. The tea is delicious, reminding me a bit of a green tea. I had no side effects (though some who are not as healthy as I am might have diarrhea). After five days I lost 2.5 pounds. But the real good news is, I’ve been sleeping a lot better. The tea is naturally relaxing and I feel really great all day!

The are 100 percent organic and are a special blend of safe, natural, edible herbs: Holy Thistle, Persimmon leaves, Malva leaves, Marsh Mallow leaves, Blessed Thistle, Papaya, Ginger, Chamomile, and Myrrh. It is the special blend that allows the gentle cleansing of the whole body with continued use. All the enzymes that used to be in our food to give us colon health have been destroyed with modern processing of foods and pasteurization of dairy products. Now we can get back to enjoying perfect colon health!

Persimmon Leaves – Compounds in Persimmon Leaves have been shown to help remove excess fat from the body. The tannins and flavonoids in Persimmon Leaves are also believed to have anti-hypertensive, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-mutagenic properties. Persimmon Leaves have been used to help alleviate digestive problems and dermatitis, and also act as a natural antihistamine, which helps reduce allergic reactions.

Holy Thistle – Holy Thistle has been used medicinally for more than 2000 years. A flavonoid in the fruit, called Silymarin, is a powerful antioxidant that may also protect the cells of the liver by removing and blocking the entrance of harmful toxins. Holy Thistle is believed to have great power in the purification and circulation of the blood, and has been used to cure chronic headaches. It is also used for stomach and digestive problems, can strengthen the heart, and is good for the lungs and kidneys.

Malva Leaves – The Malva, or Chinese Mallow, plant has been used for centuries to soothe the membranes of the digestive system and treat a variety of conditions from stomach ache and gastroenteritis to irritable bowel syndrome. It can also soothe bronchial irritation in people with bronchitis or emphysema.

Marsh Mallow – Marsh Mallow was used by the ancient Greeks to remedy bruises and bleeding, and as a mild laxative. It was used in medieval Europe for indigestion and diarrhea. Rich in calcium, zinc, iron, sodium, iodine, B-complex vitamins, and pantothenic acid, Marsh Mallow soothes and supports the stomach, intestines, and respiratory tract. It is also believed to have mild anti-infective and immune-boosting properties.

Blessed Thistle – Blessed Thistle has been used in traditional medicine as far back as the early 16th century to improve memory, aid digestion, and treat a wide variety of other diseases and disorders. In herbal medicine, Blessed Thistle is used for cancer, infections, inflammation, gallbladder disease, jaundice, liver disorders, cervical dysplasia, heart ailments, skin ulcers, yeast infections, and diarrhea.

Papaya – Rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, magnesium, and fiber, Papaya promotes cardiovascular health and provides protection against colon cancer. Papaya may also help prevent such illnesses as recurrent ear infections, colds, and flu. Papaya also contains the digestive enzyme papain, which is used to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies.

Ginger – Chinese Medicine recommends ginger to treat a number of health problems, including inflammatory joint diseases such as arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, and body aches. Ginger may also ease sore throats, headaches, ulcerative colitis, and fevers and aches caused by colds and flu.

Chamomile – A natural anti-inflammatory, Chamomile can be used to treat digestive disturbances, gastrointestinal spasms, inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, coughs and colds, fevers, and bronchitis. It’s mildly sedating and muscle-relaxing effects can also help those who suffer from insomnia fall asleep more easily.

Myrrh – Myrrh is used in many countries to treat a variety of mouth and throat irritations. It can be found in some mouthwashes and sore throat medicines, and has been approved in Germany for treating mouth inflammation

Let’s Make July 1 “National Cecil the Lion Day”

Published August 1, 2015 by Maryanne

Cecil 2Beautiful Cecil

Cecil was a male African lion in the Hwange National Park , Zimbabwe. He was shot and killed by a big-game hunter on July 1, 2015.

Cecil was born on 2002 and killed senselessly on July 1, 2015 at the age of 13, leaving behind cubs.

I’d like to raise $1600 to register a National Holiday in Cecil’s Honor (see packages here): http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-day-packages/) National Day Calendar has a blog here on WordPress and they have been around a long time shedding light on causes. When I raise the money, the framed proclamation will be donated to a museum (I’m planning on The Museum of Natural History if they will have it).

My goal is to make July 1 “National Cecil the Lion Day” in order to bring awareness to the senselessness of trophy hunting and to unite all animal lovers, worldwide, who have shed tears for Cecil.

“National Cecil the Lion Day” will give participants a voice to roar against the senseless acts like poaching and trophy killings that have been going on for centuries. This day will bring awareness to the forefront to children of new generations.

The bronze National Day package is $1499 and the extra money will cover the “Go Fund Me” five percent overhead and also go to a Care Two organization that supports Cecil.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is a professional writer, author and public speaker. Her latest book is Love Cats, available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/

High School Friends Reunited 35 Years Later!

Published July 31, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8136Maryanne (left) and Pam – Class of 1981!

Today’s most awesome reunion with my high school classmate Pam was phenomenal on multi-levels. As adults, we had a super duper time lunching at New Jersey’s famous Tick Tock Diner. But this meeting goes way beyond a reunion. I had an agenda … to thank Pam, personally, for a favor she did for me back in high school.

Pam was my high school hero. She defended me, standing up to a bunch high school bullies! That was a very brave thing for a young, petite girl to do. At the time I was a deer in headlights. I was grateful, but shocked. I was young and so awkward, I never gave Pam the proper thank-you. Nor did I even give her a smile. I just stared blankly and went about my business. Not that I didn’t appreciate what she did, but perhaps in my young mind I felt undeserving? Why would this cool girl, who was obviously mature beyond her years, defend me?

As the years went on, I often thought back to this genuine act of kindness and that if I ever ran into Pam, I’d give her a big hug and thank her. Back in the 1980s we didn’t have internet. So if you didn’t have someone’s phone number, you had to wait until you ran into them.

In the mid-1990s I ran into one of Pam’s high school boyfriends on a train while commuting to work and I told him, “If you ever see her, tell her I said ‘Hi.'”

Then the internet came, and I looked Pam up several times over the years and then finally found her on Face Book. I hoped she’d remember me as a nice person, not the awkward girl who was too shocked and shy to say “Thank you for defending me.”

Shortly afterwards, she friend-ed me back and we made a date to have lunch! I was ecstatic and counted down the days til I was able to meet my hero!

After 35 years I was finally able to give Pam a great big hug and some flowers! We spent three hours catching up and having a blast!

Mission accomplished! It’s never too late to thank someone for their kindness! <3

I look forward to seeing my “forever friend” again in the near future!

I love you, Pam! <3

Kate Bush Record Used in “Love Cats” Love Scene

Published July 30, 2015 by Maryanne

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Happy Birthday to music icon Kate Bush!

Since I had quite a few Kate Bush albums in the 1980s, I decided to use her music as background music during an intense love scene in my fiction book “Love Cats.”

THANK YOU KATE BUSH, for being an inspiration!

Janey and her crush Heather are alone in the bedroom for the first time.

Janey is nervous and decides to put on a record to calm her nerves. She chooses something she thinks Heather might like — Kate Bush.

She turns the stereo on low and says to Heather, “Now where were we?” as she pulled Heather’s face toward her to kiss her again.

With one arm around Janey, Heather swiftly used one hand to get underneath Janey’s top and unhook her bra.

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To read more, get your copy of “Love Cats” today! Available in paperback and Kindle editions: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/

Or try to win a copy by visiting Good Reads (contest closes July 31):  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25576278-love-cats

Feeling the Love for Cecil

Published July 29, 2015 by Maryanne

Cecil 2Rest in peace, beautiful angel <3

Thousands have signed the petition to demand justice for the beloved Cecil the Zimbabwe lion who was shot and killed ILLEGALLY as a “trophy” animal by a Minnesota dentist, Walter Palmer.

I am as torn and heartbroken as are millions of animal lovers. We are hurting because such a beautiful animal was killed needlessly — not for food or clothing — but beheaded simply for show. It’s a tragedy and I am sick to my stomach over this.

I’m dedicating the following song, by Elton John, to Cecil’s memory. Cecil, you are our Lion King, may your soul be at peace in heaven! We love you! <3

In honor of Cecil, donations can be made for the conservations of lions at Wildlife Conservation Research Unit: http://www.wildcru.org/

You can also demand justice for Cecil by signing here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/821/738/351/demand-justice-for-cecil-the-lion-in-zimbambwe/

Top 10 Things About Being in Your 50s!

Published July 29, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_6498December, 2014, age 51

In 20 days, on August 19, I will be 52. And I must say I’m enjoying my 50s more then I ever imagined I would. So, let me count the ways …

1. You truly are older and wiser. At this age I feel a beautiful peace I’ve not known in my earlier years. Even with weight gain and night sweats, I would never, ever want to go back to my 20s or 30s and be full of that ugly piss and vinegar!

SAM_7534In my 20s and miserable

SAM_5335Legs at 50

2. Legs! That’s right, legs! Hear me out …

In your 50s, you start to gain a little weight around the middle and may no longer have that flat stomach you once did (even in my 40s, my stomach was flat as a board!) So, you say good-bye to crop tops and bikinis, but then realize how great your legs are! All those years I wore crop tops with long jeans (because crop tops and Daisy Dukes would have been a bit much). But now, I’m all about short shorts and short skirts — as long as I have a long top covering my belly. Why didn’t I appreciate my legs years ago? Because back then my fab abs stole the limelight :)

3. Time is truly of the essence. In your 50s, you realize just how short life is so you don’t waste any time doing things you don’t want to do. It’s a lot easier to say “no” and do the things that mean the most to you even if those things are weird to others — like staying home to work on your book during a holiday.

4. You not only embrace your age, but the ages of others too. In your 50s, you appreciate the preciousness of both youth and the elderly like never before. I never thought babies were cute until I reached my 50s. In my 50s, I became friends with a wonderful woman in her 20s (see Ashley in photo below!) In my 50s, I started doing public speaking events at assisted living facilities — and absolutely adore all the seniors I meet. Embrace every age … they’re all important!

SAM_4926My friend Ashley (left) — an inspiring friend in her 20s!

5. You can relate to everyone! Being in your 50s is the best place to be because you know what it was like when you were younger and you’re not that far off from being older. So you can truly fit in everywhere and with anyone. My friends ages range from their 20s to their 80s!

6. Pulling the “old” card. In your 50s, it’s so awesome that you can almost get away with murder by using the word “old.” Failed to remember something? “Oh, I FORGOT! I’m getting old!” Not having a good time at a party? “I gotta get going, old age is catching up to me!”

SAM_7729Age 51, enjoying the good life

7. The simple things in life. Little things like bird watching can make you so happy.

8. Time flies. If you have an obligation you’re not looking forward to (like, say, Jury Duty or a dental cleaning) it’s over before you know it.

9. Being fearless. At this age, you’ve been through so much in life, there’s not much left to be afraid of.

SAM_0922Smile! You’re in your 50s!

10. You made it! I’ll never forget all my milestone birthdays. Most people call the milestones: 20, 30, 40, 50. I call them differently: 21, 27, 36, and 42. Sid Vicious died at 21, so I was happy I passed him. And oh, dear, the 27 club — Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison … for that very reason the number “27” scared me and I could wait to be 28. Poor Marilyn Monroe lost her life at the age of 36 … I got past that one too. And then good ‘ol Elvis Presley who died at the age of 42 … I sighed with relief when I got past that one. Little me had lived longer than the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll did! Now that I’ve reached 50, I realize it’s silly worrying about milestone ages. Plus at this age, you really do lose track. I’ll be 52 next month, but for the past six months I’ve told people I am 52 already! I’m not wishing my life away, I simply forgot how old I am :)

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Her new book, “Love Cats” is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/