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To My Single Male Friends, I’m REALLY Not Interested in Your Conquests

Published December 28, 2015 by Maryanne

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As a happily married woman, I hate to shun single people, but when it comes to guy friends, I have to be honest, I prefer the company of happily married ones (or happily committed ones).

For one, happily married/committed men are more interesting. They are inspiring because they always talk lovingly about their wives. You can joke around with them about anything and know they’ll never hit on you. You’ll talk about a variety of topics such as music, films, animals, food, politics, etc. and never get bored. Plus, they’ll love to hear about your husband too! I kid you not, happily married/committed men are rarely threatened by other males. They’ll always be like, “Tell your husband I said ‘Hi!'”

While my single female friends are a lot of fun to be around, my single male friends … well, I’m really starting to dread my lunch dates with them. You sit down and it’s only a matter of seconds before they start whipping out the phone and showing photos of their latest “hope to conquests” they found on Facebook or Match Dot Com.

Yawn.

Hey guys, why does me saying, “Oh, she’s pretty!” (because I have nothing else to go on) validate you? How about waiting until you are in a REAL relationship (a healthy one that lasts more than a month) and THEN tell me that her beautiful looks match her beautiful soul? Then we can all double date and have good conversations; not cringe-worthy ones that stroke your ego and take up 90 percent of the lunch date (without me getting in one sentence edgewise about how much I absolutely adore my incredible husband!)

It is only fair that I can talk about my great husband too, right? But my happiness doesn’t seem of interest to you. You just want a sounding board for your potential conquests, which makes me feel bad because that tells me our friendship isn’t important as it once was, otherwise you’d be a bit more enthusiastic to hear about my life and what I’ve been up too. Plus, deep down I know that once you do fall in love with someone, if she’s a jealous type and/or doesn’t approve of me, we just might not be friends anymore.

But what’s worse of all is that those cool, intelligent, interesting, funny male friends I’ve known since my teens, 20s and 30s, have turned into in-a-hurry-to-have-a-relationship tail chasers once they hit their 40s and 50s. What a shame, because this isn’t the type of single guy I’d introduce to a single girl friend. So, on second thought, let’s cancel our lunch date.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513

Christmas Time for Cats

Published December 21, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_9322From a Cat’s Eye View, in the PT Cruiser

Every year my husband and I love to take our cat, Derick, out to see Christmas lights. It’s so cute to see a little kitty in awe of the Christmas magic.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” — available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513

Steady as She Fauxs (Happy Faux Fur Friday!)

Published December 4, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_0415Faux Fab!

I’m loving my fake on Faux Fur Friday, but am kind to others no matter what their choices, even if it is fur.

There is good and bad in every choice; what may be good for animals may not be so good for the environment or working conditions in third world countries (or your health when it comes to food/diet).

So do your research and have as much compassion for your fellow man as you do for animals. Choose what you feel is the lesser of the evils while we’re educating ourselves and coming up with better options.

Do not judge or call others hypocrites; to belittle is to be little. We are all doing our best. Seeing BOTH SIDES is the way to go! Have a beautiful day! ❤

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513) and founder of non-profit organization, R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights): https://respectouranimalsrights.wordpress.com/

Thanks Elmwood Park Library!

Published December 2, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_9278Selfie at Elmwood Park Library

A great big thank-you to Jennifer Lazidis and the Elmwood Park Library (http://elmwoodpark.bccls.org/) for hosting my program “Holidays Around the World” this afternoon.

I’ve hosted several programs at the Elmwood Park Library over the past two years and am thrilled that I am invited back twice for 2016!

To see other programs I offer, and dates I’ll be presenting, please visit my website at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

For rates and availability, email me at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Thanks Boonton Library!

Published December 2, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_9276Maryanne Mistretta and Stephanie Gabelmann

Thanks so much to Stephanie Gabelmann and The Boonton Holmes Library (http://www.boontonholmeslibrary.org) for hosting my presentation “Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember.”

Synopsis for “Going Going Gone”

Since the year 2000, we’ve gained iPhones, GPSs, Twitter, Facebook and many other services and devices.

However, we’ve also lost some things that we’ve grown up with. In “Going Going Gone” Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta will take a walk down memory lane and talk about products that are either on their way out the door, or absolutely obsolete.

Some may actually surprise you!

Items included are: VHS video tapes, phone booths (and making phone calls in general!), travel agents, bookstores, newspapers and classified ads, wristwatches, maps, dial-up internet, encyclopedias, CDs, landline phones, film cameras, yellow pages and address books, and hand written letters.

Which of these items do you miss?

Christiano-Mistretta will also jolt your memory remembering some cool products of yesteryear such as the typewriter, the record player and Polaroid cameras.

Come share your views in this interactive lecture! Audience participation is greatly encouraged.

This presentation is available to libraries, senior groups, non-profit organizations, Jewish Community Centers, and rotary clubs. Please contact Maryanne for pricing and availability at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com