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Book Party for Antoinette and Domenic Lombardi

Published November 23, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_9248Congratulations to the new authors!

Yesterday was a big celebration at Hanover Manor in East Hanover, New Jersey.

My clients Domenic and Antoinette Lombardi had their book published “200 Letters, 62 Years and a War.”

From back book cover:

Domenic and Antoinette Lombardi began dating when they were teenagers. And soon afterward Domenic was called to fight in the Korean War.

During his time in combat, he wrote his love, Antoinette, over 200 letters. She saved every one of them. She also put together an all embracing photo albums that contained newspaper clippings of the war, photographs, holiday cards and other memorabilia; as well as more recent newspaper clippings of celebrations such as their anniversaries and birthdays.

Domenic also had his own collection of memories, several typed as well as handwritten notebook diaries, filled with the truth he experienced fighting for The United States.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta spent many days at the home of The Lombardis in Florham Park, New Jersey ferreting through the photo albums, love letters and notebook diaries in order to put together this wondrous memoir.

The happy couple recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

SAM_9246Domenic Lombardi, Maryanne Mistretta and Antoinette Lombardi

To purchase “200 Letters, 62 Years and a War” contact Next Century Publishing at 786-999-8550 or contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is available to help seniors write their books. Contact her directly at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

“History of the Newspaper Industry” at Chatham Antique Club

Published November 20, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_9217With Jane Drew of Chatham Antique Club

Thanks so much to Jane Drew and the Chatham Antique Club for having me back at the Chatham Library to do another presentation. This time it was “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry.” It was so nice seeing everyone again; it’s always a great crowd.

I got a kick out of the fact that Jane Drew keeps my Pear Tree business card in her eyeglass case! I had to take a photo!

SAM_9216Pear Tree Enterprises at your service!

Visit Pear Tree Enterprises at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/ to find out about upcoming lectures and to book your own “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” event! I’m available for antique clubs, rotary clubs, senior clubs, library presentations, Jewish Community Centers, etc.

For pricing, travel costs and availability, contact: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” synopsis

Take a trip back in time as Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta presents “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry.” The lecture will take the audience back to 59 B.C. when the first newspaper was published in ancient Rome.

Since the history of newspapers is so vast, Maryanne will focus on U.S. newspapers. The audience will learn about how the quality of newspaper reporting was perfected after the American Revolution and the Battle of Lexington; the Penny Press; “yellow” journalism, chains and syndicates, and how competition such as radio, television and internet caused a decline in the newspaper industry.

What makes this lecture so much fun is that there is audience interaction. Maryanne will ask listeners to join in and share their experiences with newspapers. For example: “What was your introduction to reading the newspaper?” and “Where you ever in the newspaper?”

Maryanne worked in the newspaper industry herself as a journalist during most of her adult life. She wrote for New York papers: The Westsider and the Chelsea Clinton News (which is named after an area of NYC, not the former president’s daughter).

Maryanne was also a journalist at The Montclair Times for seven years. After she left The Times, she went on to write for several online publications including The Paterson Press, where her feature articles also appeared in The Herald News.

She also wrote for The Aquarian Arts weekly, a newspaper that is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Live in the Moment!

Published November 18, 2015 by Maryanne

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Last night I had a meeting with a client who is writing a very cool book and I am helping him edit it. We had the greatest conversation about spirituality and living in the moment. We agreed that some people take themselves way too seriously and are too dogmatic about their beliefs to see the beauty of what is in front of them.

I once knew a girl who was very dogmatic about her version of “spirituality.” She was into yoga, vegan-ism, creativity, Buddhism, the universe and so on. BUT do not mention Jesus Christ in her presence. She did not want to hear it. She thought it was so funny to share the story about a guy she was dating answering the door naked when a Jehovah Witness came to the door. And that they never came again.

What a shame, she (and her date) missed the point.

True spirituality is being in the moment. Just because something isn’t your belief, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a message there. A subtle point I make in my upcoming book, “The Gypsy Smiled” — that you can learn something from anyone no matter what their walk in life. The lead character Lucy snubs a younger guy who is interested in her because of his youth; but he’s actually wise beyond his years. Then goes to a new age spa, but it’s not the retreat that evolves her, it’s her ex-boyfriend who is there and teaches her a valuable life lesson. (You can vote to help me get a book contract for “The Gypsy Smiled” by going here: http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/gypsy-smiled-maryanne-christiano-mistretta/).

This morning two Jehovah Witnesses came to my door. Unlike my former friend, I love when they come to my door even though that is not my religion. I love getting the Watch Tower magazines and learning more about Jesus Christ. Today’s message was about Jesus bringing Peace on Earth. It was a powerful thing to hear, but I do believe it will happen. I hugged both Witnesses and thanked them. I went off to run my morning errands feeling elated. Had I answered the door naked, discouraging the witnesses, I wouldn’t have heard such a powerful message; the message of having faith in Jesus Christ.

Those Jehovah Witnesses will never know just how happy they made me today. But I have to give myself credit, too, for opening the door and opening my heart to a message.

I shared this story with my client and he said, “You were in the moment!”

The client is a vegan, but he’ll eat waffles with his little girl at a pancake house. That is a great father! When you can bend your own rules so others around you can be happy, it’s a beautiful thing. Be in the moment!

We can’t advance in our spirituality if we take ourselves too seriously. Check out the following video that my friend Marie sent to me this morning, it puts it all into perspective:

Publishing Contract For “The Gypsy Smiled” With Your Vote!

Published November 18, 2015 by Maryanne

IMG_4772Model Ashley, for possible book cover idea

Hey gang, my third book “The Gypsy Smiled” is ready for publication and if I can get 1000 votes, Something Or Other will give me a publishing contract!

Please vote and share! http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/gypsy-smiled-maryanne-christiano-mistretta/

“The Gypsy Smiled” is the story of Lucretia “Lucy” Christiansen, a singer/guitarist in her mid-20s, trying to make it in the music business in the late 1980s. Because she’s working two jobs to support herself, she can never make it to band practice on time. Therefore, the leader of her all-girl goth outfit, Daughters of Darkness, kicks her out of the band. The creepy thing is — Lucy was warned that this would happen. An eccentric psychic named Gypsy told her so. Lucy is now feeling like a failure and drowning her sorrows by record store hopping. Though she loves gothic music, she’s also a big fan of “oldies” artists like Lou Christie, who she dreams of working with, creatively. During her record shopping trip, a young fellow goth named Dionysus develops a crush on her and starts following her around like a puppy dog. Lucy fails to take him seriously, especially when she finds out he still lives at home. Plus she’s more focused on revving up her musical career than romance. But Dionysus, real name Scott, turns out to be a killer guitarist and wants Lucy to sing in his band. His father is a famous Elvis impersonator, so Scott knows people “in the biz.” Lucy agrees to be in his band, but Scott has more on his mind than being “just friends.” Knowing how career-focused Lucy is, Scott puts his feelings at bay and they work their musical magic together.

Things are going beautifully until Lucy’s former band mates instigate a fight between her and Scott, causing him to wonder if Lucy is just using him as a vehicle to launch her career as a singing sensation.

Lucy desperately seeks help from psychic Gypsy.

Gypsy has the answers but Lucy lacks the trust. Fed up, Gypsy sends Lucy to an all expense paid new age vacation spa in the mountains; where Lucy could find her own answers.

❤ Thanks for your support!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X) and “Love Cats” (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513)

Time, God, and Patience

Published November 17, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7832Nature’s Timing is Impeccable

Yesterday I was on the phone making an appointment to see a woman I highly admired and couldn’t wait to see. As an author, public speaker, book editor, managing editor of Dining Out magazine, wife, and kitty mom, you can imagine how busy my schedule is — as I imagine how busy everyone else is in this day and age. I squeeze as many things in as possible to have a beautiful, happy career and am as equally precious about my down time. In other words, I know what works for me and what is right for me — as should you!

Because I couldn’t squeeze this person in when she wanted me to, her words to me were: “What I’m hearing is you’re not interested and you’re not flexible. When a person wants to do something, they will make the time.”  Then she went on about how busy she is

I corrected her.

“No, what you’re hearing is I know my limits of what I can and can’t fit in. Yes, I am interested, but sometimes the best things in life you have to wait for!”

That stopped her dead in her tracks and she realized I was right. I told her I adored her, but what difference did it make that our appointment would be later than sooner?

As a late bloomer, I am used to waiting. I’m not the most patient person in the world, but when you are patient, good things are well worth it. As I’ve said before, I had my first article printed in my mid-20s, but didn’t make a career out of writing until my late 30s. I married in my late 40s. And had my first book published the year I turned 50. What is wrong with that? NOTHING!

Isn’t it better to do things when the timing is right? I’d rather wait to see this person, when I can focus on her 100 percent and be bright-eyed and bushy tailed, rather than go in a rush and watch the clock.

And in my heart, I feel that when God wants something for us, it’s in His time. Not ours. How do we know it’s His time? When it’s easy and it feels natural. Just like animals in nature; they know when to rest and when to come out of hibernation. That’s why I love the saying about God having three answers, “Yes” “No” or “Wait.” Waiting ain’t that bad.

Two years ago, I had a lecture in Pennsylvania and I had to cover a story in Paterson and somewhere in between I had to eat and attend a funeral. It was a very crazy day to do all that. Luckily the weather was nice for all that driving. My regular life isn’t too far fetched from that day. It’s fine because I live a comfortable life, making my down-time all that more enjoyable. But when someone suggests for me to drive somewhere that’s two hours away from where another appointment is, I have to put my foot down, when something can simply be scheduled on another day.

Life is meant to be enjoyed. Every blessed moment of it. Whether it’s your career, your friendships, your marriage, your family and so on …

Sometimes our priorities have to shift because of death or illness and we have to make sudden changes and choices over what needs to be done pronto or what can wait. But most of the time, a happy, well organized person knows his/her limitations. And if we have to book events well into the future, we (and everyone else) needs to be okay with that.

Like the old saying goes, “Tomorrow is another day.”

So get a good planner and look forward to many tomorrows! ❤

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an author and public speaker. For more information visit: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

“Day of Gratitude” Health & Wellness Fair

Published November 16, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_9206Enjoying a smoothie sample with health coach Barb Minemier (left)

A great big thank you to Heroes Journey CrossFit Lake Parsippany (http://www.heroesjourney.com/) for hosting a fabulous “Day of Gratitude” at their center on Sunday. It was so well organized and the energy was amazing. I can’t stop raving about what a great time it was!

While they had keynote speakers New York Times best selling author and retired surgeon Dr. Bernie Siegel and NBC’s “Biggest Loser” finalist Jay Jacob, I was totally wrapped up enjoying the mini sessions and vendor services. Below are the ones that resonated most with me.

PRACTITIONERS

Barb Minemier, Health Coach (http://nourishingourspirit.com/) Barb was awesome! We hit it off right away as we talked about nutritional drinks and shared smoothie recipes. Today I enjoyed her kale/blueberry — twice!

Sandy Townsend, Transference Healing (http://www.diamondascension.net) Sandy is a beautiful soul inside and out and was completely helpful in helping me overcome a spiritual issue from a past life. I highly recommend her!

Dr. Robert Kandarjian, Energy Healing (http://www.drrobertheals.com/) Dr. Kandarjian is a very intense and caring energy healer. He’s extremely positive and picks up on your energies immediately, then shares his reflective insights. I look forward to reading his books! Come back in the near future and you’ll see some book reviews!

Susan Richter, Next Level Healing (http://www.nextlevelhealing.com/) If I ever go to a nutritionist again, it will definitely be Susan. She is very down to earth, honest and takes a lot of time with you. She went in depth speaking to me about how enzymes are great for your health.

Jeanie Pasquale, Energy Clearing (http://househarmony.wix.com/dowsing) Jeanie was adorable and we had a great conversation about how energy clearing can affect the home for the positive!

Dr. Jersey Wulster, Life Coach (http://www.drjersey.com/) Oh my goodness!! Dr. Jerzey is the goddess of the day! I already made an appointment to see her in a few weeks. Her 15 minutes of coaching was a godsend to me. I look forward to meeting with her and getting to the next step in my career as author and public speaker. She’s insightful, perceptive, and warm. ❤

Thanks to Denville Medical Sports Rehab Center (http://www.denvillemedical.com/), their massage therapist Carolina gave me the best massage! Her fingers are pure magic!

And special thanks to Sara at Heroes Journey for her killer reiki session that was pure euphoria!

VENDORS

Mo Green Juice (http://www.mogreenjuice.com/) WOW! This juice spoke to me! Raw (cold-pressed), it tasted like it came right out of the juicer! Their website shares where to get it.

Harvest Home Meats (http://harvesthomemeats.com/) No samples at their table, but you can’t go wrong with grass fed beef.

Smart Snack Bites (https://www.smartsnackbites.com/) They had a very tasty chocolate paleo cookie!

DoTerra (http://www.mydoterra.com/deniseschwendeman) Even though I’m a Young Living girl, I ain’t too proud to give a shout out to our competitor! There is enough love and abundance in the world for everyone, so never fear competition! Plus, Denise was super cool and cute, so paying it forward! ❤

Liana Delaurent (http://www.lianadelaurent.com/) Energy art!

Cupa Cabana (http://cupacabana.com/) Lovely espresso!

 Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an author, public speaker, book editor and ghost writer. She is also a Young Living Distributor. Contact her at: MaryanneChristiano@gmail.com For more information visit: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

“Newsies” Testimony From Denville Public Library

Published November 14, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8878Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta and Ilene Lefkowitz

Thanks so much to Ilene Lefkowitz for the following thank you note, regarding my presentation: “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” that I presented at the Denville Public Library last month!

Dear Maryanne,

Thank you for the informative presentation you gave the Denville Library on the history of the newspaper industry. The program was well researched and your passion for the news industry shined through. Your inside stories and anecdotes made the program come alive.

All who attended enjoyed the program.

Thank you,

Ilene Lefkowitz

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Synopsis of the program:

Take a trip back in time as Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta presents “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry.” The lecture will take the audience back to 59 B.C. when the first newspaper was published in ancient Rome.

Since the history of newspapers is so vast, Maryanne will focus on U.S. newspapers. The audience will learn about how the quality of newspaper reporting was perfected after the American Revolution and the Battle of Lexington; the Penny Press; “yellow” journalism, chains and syndicates, and how competition such as radio, television and internet caused a decline in the newspaper industry.

What makes this lecture so much fun is that there is audience interaction. Maryanne will ask listeners to join in and share their experiences with newspapers. For example: “What was your introduction to reading the newspaper?” and “Where you ever in the newspaper?”

Maryanne worked in the newspaper industry herself as a journalist during most of her adult life. She wrote for New York papers: The Westsider and the Chelsea Clinton News (which is named after an area of NYC, not the former president’s daughter).

Maryanne was also a journalist at The Montclair Times for seven years. After she left The Times, she went on to write for several online publications including The Paterson Press, where her feature articles also appeared in The Herald News.

She also wrote for The Aquarian Arts weekly, a newspaper that is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

To book this program for your library, senior group, rotary club or JCC, contact Maryanne for pricing and availability: maryannechristiano@gmail.com