All posts for the month January, 2013

Published January 31, 2013 by Maryanne

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Johnny RottenJohnny Rotten (photo swiped from Google)

Happy Birthday to Johnny Lydon!

I never saw the Sex Pistols, but I did see his other band, Public Image Limited.

And I was lucky enough to meet Johnny Lydon, back in the day.

I told this story many times and it’s a very cool story because it was so unexpected.

Christmas Day Night (always something magical about that time, so a few years ago I started hosting parties on that night), 1981, I went with a few friends to see Johnny Thunders perform at the Peppermint Lounge in NYC.

After the show, one of our friends was missing — the guy who drove us in, Steve Miller (from punk band Electric Frankenstein).

Not knowing where to look, we decided it was best to just go back to the car and wait for him.

As we were walking back to the car, we noticed…

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We’re Having a Ball!

Published January 31, 2013 by Maryanne

Beach Ball 1930sCirca 1930s

Beach ball Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor

Beach Ball Florida PostcardRetro Florida post card

Beach ball marilynMarilyn Monroe

Yvonne Craig Beach BallYvonne Craig (my favorite!)

Maryanne summerAnd me (Jersey Shore,  2008)

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Reach Out and Read!

Published January 29, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0225NJ Congressman, Bill Pascrell (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Today I had an awesome assignment to cover for The Paterson Press!

I got to meet NJ Congressman Bill Pascrell (and shake his hand!) and watch him read to a bunch of children in support of the NJ Division of Reach Out and Read (

I’ll let my article speak for itself (and there are a ton of cute kid photos!):

My first published article of 2013.

I’m going to definitely do a lot more writing this year. I reached out to another online editor and will be covering some local town council and government meetings, which will be some unexplored territory for me as a reporter. I’m having a meeting with the editor tomorrow at 1 p.m.


Whatever Happened to Angelyne, the Billboard Queen?

Published January 27, 2013 by Maryanne

Angelina billboardSunset Boulevard billboard

Yesterday I was in one of those “Whatever Happened To?” modes and was thinking about Angelyne, the billboard queen of the 1980s who became a Hollywood icon by having a billboard of herself.

Her life was pretty mysterious and you can’t find too much information via Google.

She came from out of nowhere but did a few music videos (really good, like a cross between Blondie and Missing Persons and Berlin) and cameo appearances in movies, most famous, “Earth Girls are Easy.” But then she also did some low budget films in the 1970s. She also sang in a band called Baby Blue

Angelyne didn’t have a rich husband who paid for these billboards, she was single and said the money came from investors. She was also a candidate in a 2003 California recall election.

No one knows the  real age of this eccentric lady. In some recent photos she appears elderly with a ton of plastic surgery and make-up, but according to a Los Angeles register of voters list, which only has her first name, it said she was 44 in 2007, which doesn’t make sense considering that she was making films in the 1970s and was already an adult.

In 1996, The Neurotic Ousiders played tribute to her with their song, Angelina. I knew who they were singing about immediately!

And in 2012, her most famous billboard was used in the movie, “Rock of Ages.”

angelyne-2Angelyne in recent years, still driving her pink Corvette, with vanity license plate of her name

If you “Google” you’ll find so many cool things about Angelyne and discover that she has an amazing fan base. She’s often seen in Hollywood, driving her corvette. She’ll let fans take a picture if they purchase one of her t-shirts, for a mere $20, which she keeps in her trunk.

I think she’s kinda cute and endearing.

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Published January 26, 2013 by Maryanne

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Tom KeiferTom Keifer (Photo swiped from Google search)

Happy Birthday to Tom Keifer of Cinderella.

I had the pleasure of seeing them perform a couple summers ago when my husband’s (Dennis Lords/bass) band, Pharoah, warmed up for them at Starland Ballroom, New Jersey.

Here’s a great song by Cinderella, “Nobody’s Fool.” Tom’s voice is so gorgeous!

And since I mentioned Pharoah, here’s a video of them (not from the Cinderella show, but around the same time):

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That Offensive “B” Word

Published January 25, 2013 by Maryanne

SummerMe, as a blonde, 2008

I absolutely CRINGE when I hear a woman referring to another as a  “bimbo.” So much for sisterhood, right?

According to Wikipedia: Bimbo is a mildly derogatory slang term that typically describes an attractive but observably behaviourally unintelligent woman.

First, there is no such thing as “mildly (another word I hate) derogatory.” Something is either derogatory or it isn’t — period!

Second, who is to say what is “behaviourally unintelligent,” especially when name calling is behaviourally unintelligent in its own right? It’s like the pot calling the kettle black. If someone is a little ditzy (now there’s a word I do like because it’s less offensive and everyone can relate to it), it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Think “I Love Lucy” or “Three’s Company” where ditzy women made others laugh. They were funny and lovable characters. My husband calls me “Lucy” all the time because, it’s true, I am a ditz. I’m clumsy, I do things too fast and I’m always in these hilarious scenarios that a lot of people say remind them of a “Seinfeld” episode. The good news is, I may not be the smartest chick on the block, but I make people smile and that’s a good thing.

What people need to understand is that not everyone is going to have the highest IQ or get the best job or breeze through college.

And even if someone does have a high IQ or is gifted with being smart, it doesn’t necessary make someone better than someone else. I know a lot of  “smart” people who lack social skills or are insensitive or are very intelligent in a certain area but limited in other areas making it hard to converse with such a person unless he/she is talking about his/her job.

That said, maybe intelligence is a little over rated? Sometimes I think so. I’d definitely trade in my writing award if I could be a little more loving and patient during my period.

Let me put things into further perspective for you. If I say the name “Nancy Spungeon” you won’t know who I’m talking about. But if I say, “Sid & Nancy” or “Sex Pistols” you know who she is. Now, Nancy Spungeon had a genius IQ of 179 yet she couldn’t make her way in this world, ending up a heroin addict and dead at 21 for being in the wrong place at the right time. Many have referred to Nancy Spungeon as a “dumb bimbo.” See where I’m going with this? Nancy was very smart, not dumb at all. But she grew up in a time when depression wasn’t fully explored. That poor kid never got the help she needed, may she rest in peace.

Life isn’t always fair and we all have to work with the cards we are dealt with. Some of us have challenges like dyslexia (that would be me!) or OCD or ADD or other learning disabilities that make us struggle a lot more than others. Others may be struggling with depression. Or maybe sometimes we just do and say dumb things because of our nerves and the words just don’t come out right.

You just never know!

So if anyone reading throws the “bimbo” word around a little too loosely, maybe this post will make you think twice before having an acid tongue in regard to others. Everyone has something to add to this world and you can learn something from anyone if you listen hard enough. Just give others a chance, don’t write them off so quickly as a “bimbo.”

Let’s just stop using that offensive word once and for all and bring sisterhood back into the 21st Century.

Let’s keep it really real, ladies!


Another Darlene Foster Feature Photo

Published January 24, 2013 by Maryanne

Deliverance 2013“Deliverance” by Darlene Foster

The above is another one of Darlene Foster’s creations called “Deliverance.”

This is Darlene’s newest creation from a series of photos I modeled for her back in October, 2010. We spent an entire day working together (after I had just been in a car accident, but as they say, “on with the show!”)

I’m always fascinated to see what Darlene comes up with next.

To experience more of her extraordinary work, visit her site at:

Hey, Good Lookin’! You’re Amazing! You Rock! You’re the Best! You Inspire Me!

Published January 24, 2013 by Maryanne


Happy Compliment Day to All!

I want to take a minute to say “thanks” to everyone who likes my blog.

As a professional writer, throughout the years I’ve written about so many things I love, but there were many times I was assigned to write about things that didn’t particularly interest me. But having a blog is the best because I can write regularly, straight from the heart. So whoever likes what I write is connecting with the real deal here!

Out of all the online media venues, I have to say I respect the blogging community the most. Everyone “plays nice.” There is minimal drama and in a lot of ways the blogging community is like a little family. It’s so cool when I go to press “like” on someone’s blog and I see a comment from another person’s blog that I follow. It really brings a smile to my face — a big one!

My compliment to all my readers is that I just love all the great insights and thought that you put into commenting on my blog.

Of course it means the world to me and is a great part of my day!

So, enjoy Compliment Day by paying it forward! Don’t be shy, let’s make Compliment Day a trend that carries throughout the year. Nothing like a sincere compliment to really make someone’s day. Open your eyes to the good things around you! Notice someone’s new haircut. Let someone know you appreciate his/her sense of humor. If someone holds the door open for you or gives your car a break on the highway, acknowledge that with a “thank-you,” smile or nod of your head.

(And note: when someone gives you a compliment, receive it well. Don’t downplay your greatness by saying things such as, “No, I’m not that great” or “No, I look awful today.” because you will make the person giving the compliment feel bad. Just accept that someone thinks you are great, good-looking, lovable, have a cool purse or gorgeous hair — and GO WITH IT!)


In addition to Compliment Day, it’s also the birthday of someone super special who likes to keep the birthday low key.

So in order to keep it low key and simple, I’ll just say that this very special person took the above photo, which is one of my all-time favorite pictures, and the headline of this post is for him.


Happy Birthday to Tom Dipaolo!

Published January 23, 2013 by Maryanne

Happy Birthday Tommy!

Today is a very special day, it’s the birthday for Tom DiPaolo!

Tom is the cousin of my husband, Dennis; my good friend Darlene’s partner;

and a kick ass guitarist, best known for his work with Dr. Jimmy, The WHO Show, in the 1970s.

Darlene Foster and Tom DiPaolo

Since Tom shares a birthday with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, once again I share this fantastic Cheap Trick Christmas song by Hounds of Winter, featuring Tom on guitar:

And here’s another treat, Tom on guitar with Hounds of Winter on California Dreaming:

Thank You For the Service You Do For Our Country!

Published January 22, 2013 by Maryanne

Army truckArmy truck (found via Google search)

Last night in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I participated in some community volunteer service at a local church.

It’s amazing when you have a bunch of people together all the good you can do, and how fast you can do it! There were several stations set up for all sorts of things that could be done. In two hours, I went to two different stations.

At the first station I helped create packages of food for families. At the second station people were writing letters to those in service and coloring/drawing pictures for them. It was interesting because it made you take a minute to think about things you never think of, like what is the first color stripe of our flag?

I challenged myself and colored a picture of a soldier in an army truck, with the heading, “Thank You for the Service You Do for Our Country.”  I decided to go with several colors to create a camouflage colored truck. Everyone liked my picture and even a little girl pointed out to her father, “Look at the camouflage!”

Love is like a chain reaction. People of all ages, all colors/races, creating together, helping together in order to feed people, to brighten someone’s day. The energy was just so grand. Other tables were sewing pillow cases. There is just so much you can do, in one short evening that went by so fast!

I was sitting next to a lovely woman named Barbara who was writing a letter and was impressed by her artistic printing. My printing is like chicken scratch, I can barely read my own writing and I told her so, adding that it’s probably because of all the years on typing on a computer, I’m just not used to printing on paper anymore.

She said she avoids computers. As a retired nurse, she has no use for them. I was so impressed by this. Just as impressed as I was when I read that Stevie Nicks doesn’t have a cell phone.

A very cool lady, indeed! We had several great conversations. Had I not volunteered, I would have never met her!

After the community service, there was a worship service commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., which was held at Cranford United Methodist Church, Cranford. The church I’ve been going to that I love so much is Calvary Lutheran Church, also in Cranford. The service was sponsored by the Cranford Interfaith Human Relations Committee and the Cranford Clergy Council, so we had our Pastor Carol speak, as well as a priest and a rabbi.

The service was electrifying!

The music director of the church, Joseph Legaspi, sang a traditional spiritual song “Deep River.” He baritone voice was extremely powerful.

At the end of the night Barbara asked for my card to keep in touch and we walked out together. I made another friend and I feel terrific! I got in the car, turned on the radio and a very happy song by The Archies came on, “Sugar, Sugar.”



“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Between last year and this year, it was my second memorable Martin Luther King Day in a row!

Martin Luther King Day is becoming another favorite holiday!