All posts for the month December, 2014

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.

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 (

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

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:

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 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.

New Holiday Tradition

Published December 4, 2014 by Maryanne

Holiday Spirit

I’m starting a new tradition this holiday season so people can truly embrace the meaning of Christmas and be in the moment with those we love unconditionally.

You know how some people ask guests to leave their shoes at the door? This year I’m asking our guests to leave their iPhones at the door!