All posts for the month December, 2014

Be a Leader, Not a Bully (New Children’s Program!)

Published December 29, 2014 by Maryanne


Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award winning journalist, author and public speaker availble for anti-bullying programs. She is based out of New Jersey.

Bully prevention is near to her heart simply because she was bullied in both grade school and high school (as illustrated in her book, “On the Guest List” — available on Amazon.)

Check out Maryanne’s blog talk radio guest spot on The Bullyproof Classroom with host Jim Burns, author of “Anti-Bullying 101″:

Maryanne recently paired with Felicia Capers, author of “Enough of Frankie Already,” an anti-bullying children’s book. Please visit:

Together Maryanne and Felicia developed a children’s program called “Be a Leader, Not a Bully,” which explains the detrimental impact bullying can have on young people.

Their mission is to not only spread the word to as many young people possible, but to share their message presenting tools to prevent bullying — but to also provide inspiration to bullies to channel their anger in more positive ways.

After the brief talk, the children will make anti-bullying poster art!

Our exciting presentation can be geared to all-ages. Available for schools, libraries, JCCs, private groups, etc.

For more information and rates, please contact Maryanne at: or call 908-276-1514.

SAM_6695Authors Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta and Felicia Capers


Gerard and Diane Barros Available for Holiday Parties

Published December 28, 2014 by Maryanne


Me with Diane and Gerard Barros

It’s been an honor working with Diane and Gerard Barros over a year now. I’ve been booking them gigs at libraries and assisted living facilities. They’re also available for parties.

They are not just clients, as I’m a fan too! I try to check out their performances as much as possible. Visit their website at:

Contact me for more information and rates at:

Don’t Hate Me Because We’re Not Friends on Face Book

Published December 24, 2014 by Maryanne

Most beautiful kitten of all!

Don’t hate me because we’re not friends on Face Book.

I wish people wouldn’t take Face Book so seriously. It is not real life. It’s a known fact that from time to time, I delete people I don’t hear from often. It’s just easier, for me, when I type in someone’s name and the person I am looking for comes up — instead of 500+ other names. If we’re friends or family, I always LOVE everyone forever and am NOT mad at anyone. I’m just trying to keep my Face Book experience simple.

Most have my phone number, most have my email, most are also “friends” on Twitter and Linked In. Some, I follow your blogs. I’m not on Instagram or Tumbler.

Please respect me and do not be combative with me if I clean up my list because we don’t talk on Face Book. I’d love to see and hear from everyone on a regular basis. If I don’t, I like to give my time to those that reach out to me. There is no shame in that. If you don’t like what I write, you don’t have to “like” but at least say “hello” once in awhile.

And please do not get my husband involved. He respects my decision and thinks it’s ridiculous for people to get mad at me for keeping things simple.

Thank you and God bless!

Happy Birthday Rick Nielsen!

Published December 22, 2014 by Maryanne

Cheap_Trick_at_Gulfstream_Park_-_Rick_NielsenRick Nielsen (photo swiped from Google)

Happy Birthday to Rick Nielsen! I have a cute Rick Nielsen story, that I mention in “Guest List.” In the mid-1990s, when rubber dresses were very popular for women. I had a purple one, similar to the one  Heather Locklear wore on a Details magazine cover, which I wore to a Cheap Trick concert. Ladies know those dresses do amazing things for your figure. They push you in and lift you up — in all the right places! Amazing!

I was right in the front and all night Rick was trying to throw a guitar pick into my cleavage. Finally he succeeded! I still have that pick!

And while many girls go ga-ga for Robin Zander, I think Rick is the hottest of the bunch! When I saw him, he had a long goatee, braided, with a small price-tag on it. You just can’t beat that kinda cool!

Here’s Rick with Foo Fighters!

And to purchase a copy of my book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” visit:

Missing Grandma and Billy Cat

Published December 20, 2014 by Maryanne

Billy in the SkyMy baby, the late Billy Cat in Heaven (1994 to 2013)

In the days leading up to Christmas, I am fine that I am so sensitive that I miss my Grandmother and late Billy Cat terribly and I am constantly crying. And during this time if people feel that I should instead rejoice that their souls are on to a new life, I’d appreciate if you kept your mouths shut. I never want to be THAT person. Sorry if this means I’m not “evolved” enough, but I prefer to be here on earth while I AM here. I’ll worry about the afterlife when it gets here. I miss my cherished loved ones very much. Fuck.

Great Expectations

Published December 20, 2014 by Maryanne


I don’t know … when people say they put “low expectations” on others and feel that is a spiritual thing, I have to disagree. I’ve always been a believer in not settling. Whether it’s love or friendships or a career, I put my ALL into everything. I give a lot and I expect a lot. No shame or ego in that. That’s just how it is when you live life to the fullest. If people don’t get that, it’s pointless trying to connect with them.