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Over 50 Modeling, Photo Unretouched

Published May 20, 2022 by Maryanne
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, 2021, age 57

One year ago today, from a photo shoot with David Esposito.

I was 57. Photo unretouched. David Esposito doesn’t touch up photos. He likes them to be real.

Always be proud of your age, and all you’ve done in your life.

When you filter your fine lines, you filter your character. ❤

I also don’t do Botox or any other face alterations. If you do it, fine, good for you. But I don’t like the idea of it. That’s just me. I think every woman can look amazing with face yoga and facial massage. But that’s just me. Do what you like as long as you are happy.

There are days when I look old and tired too. But I realize I just need more rest or to make a change in my life. Your real face is a barometer for how happy you are. You may not need a facelift, just a change. 🙂

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Paterson Celebrates ‘Palestine Way’

Published May 16, 2022 by Maryanne
Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

History was made Sunday as hundreds gathered to celebrate and honor the street sign unveiling of “Palestine Way” as well as the first ever Palestine Street Festival in Paterson.

I covered the story for Tap into Paterson. You can read all about it here, and see more of my photos:

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/paterson/sections/community-announcements/articles/paterson-celebrates-palestine-way

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Date Day and Night in Montclair, NJ

Published May 12, 2022 by Maryanne
In lobby of Claridge movie theatre

You can’t beat the days when you can spend all day and night with the one you love. My husband Dennis doesn’t like having his pictures on the internet, but nevertheless, we had a most beautiful day — and night — together.

I waited to see this movie for at least a month, “This Much I Know to Be True” about the intense musical collaborations between Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Astonishing and engrossing, the film begins showing the art work of Nick Cave. Seasoned and humbled, you see another side of Nick Cave. There’s a guest appearance from Marianne Faithfull too.

I’ve been a Nick Cave fan since the 1990s and was able to see him perform live, once, in NYC. The show was mesmerizing and I have at least seven of his albums. This movie triggered me to get them out again and listen. He’s quite the storyteller and his songs are like mini novels. Dark, but also some tongue-in-cheek.

The movie was the highlight of the evening. Earlier in the day my husband and I had a quick bite at worldFlats, which had many vegan options. I wanted to rave about them on Yelp, but the Montclair restaurant isn’t up yet, only the other locations. I had a wonderful salad. Prices were reasonable. Service was great — and quick! I was also given a white rose, which was sweet. They are known for their flat dishes, but I was carb-d out from a pasta lunch my husband made, so I went for the salad, which had arugula, chick peas, quinoa, red peppers, onions, and more.

Salad, worldFlats
Earlier in the day, Montclair, NJ

I lived in Montclair, New Jersey, for a short time. Whenever I go back, I get a beautiful sense of nostalgia. It’s a small, artsy town, with so much to do. And people are friendly. It’s also sad that many places I loved to frequent are now closed. It’s foreign to me, looking into windows of places that are “new” and remembering the former…

No matter where I’m now living, or where I’ll end up, I’ll always see myself as a Montclair resident. It’s always great to go back and visit. The town was good to me in so many ways.

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Amber Heard Testimony (Using Johnny Depp Movie Titles)

Published May 11, 2022 by Maryanne
Photo swiped from Google

Amber Heard Testimony (Using Johnny Depp Movie Titles)

Describe Yourself: City of Lies

How do some people feel about you? Cry Baby

How do you feel about yourself? Don Juan DeMarco

Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend: Dead Man

Describe how you love: Blow

Describe how you live: From Hell

Where would you rather be?: Private Resort

#JUSTICEFORJOHNNY

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Celebrating Cat Mommy Day

Published May 10, 2022 by Maryanne
Celebrating at a favorite vegan restaurant

Two days ago Mother’s Day was celebrated in the USA.

Although I do not have human children–by choice–I am the “mom” to three amazing cats. For those who don’t have cats, or don’t view pets as family, you can stop reading now, as you will not relate to what I’m about to say. But for those of you who do see cats as family — read on, this is for YOU!

Taking in these wondrous creatures who put 100 percent trust in us in incredibly rewarding. They are little souls who had a history before us, and it’s up to us to make their lives as comfy as possible. We have to take the time to make the connection. It takes some patience, but in many cases a cat will be as loving and welcoming as a dog.

Our babies are spoiled, but they also know their boundaries. With a firm, but sweet, “No, we don’t do that…” my kitties know not to pounce on the computer when Mommy is working. They do not scratch our furniture because we have scratching posts in most of the rooms in our home.

With tender love, and care, cats can be dream cats. There is no such thing as a “bad cat” — only a stressed or sad cat. Any type of cat can be trained to be a good one. It’s a mutual respect that works both ways.

I’m wishing a Happy (Belated) Cat Mommy Day to all the good cat mothers out there. Thank you for taking the time to put the effort into these sweet babies and giving them great lives! I appreciate you! (And so do your kitties — but you knew that!)

Sammy
Nicholas
Happy

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

RIP, Howie Pyro, age 61

Published May 5, 2022 by Maryanne
With Howie Pyro, Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ, a few years ago

I’m so devastated to hear that Howie Pyro, founding member of D-Generation passed away at age 61.

I first met Howie backstage at a Redd Kross concert in the early 1990s. He had this flaming red hair and I thought he was beautiful. Then a friend told me about this really cool band that was playing at Connections (Clifton, NJ) called D-Generation. That’s when I saw Howie again. We chatted briefly before the show. The band blew my mind! During the grunge era, which didn’t excite me much, D-Generation possessed that high energy of the punk rock days I caught the tail end of. I went to as many shows as I could. Then my Grandmother died, and D-Generation got me through the saddest, most depressing time of my life.

Howie Pyro also deejayed The Green Door Parties, held at Coney Island High on St. Mark’s Place in NYC, once a month if I remember correctly. I used to go with my dear friend Diane to hear Howie deejay, and we’d dance almost every song.

After D-Generation split up, I ran into Howie a few times at record shows. He was always great and happy to chat with a fan. The last time I saw him was when this picture was taken at the now defunct Vintage Vinyl a few years ago. I was following, on Facebook, Howie’s page and his struggle with liver complications. He seemed so upbeat and I really thought he was going to make it. Damn, 61 is way too young to go. We lost a great talent, a most gorgeous and stylish man, and massive record collector, who was also very kind and wicked cool. God speed, Howie Pyro, you will be so missed. I am shocked and so saddened. My condolences to all his family, friends, and fans. This is a hard one.

Here is a link to an article put out by Rolling Stone about Howie Pyro: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/howie-pyro-dgeneration-dead-obit-1343029/?fbclid=IwAR2KTTIw-NceAD1_yaYMNnebFO4vWXQd-fBumyHK_OROLOwVnq1Biyc1E1M

Stepping Into Something New

Published May 3, 2022 by Maryanne
May 2021

I came across this photo of myself on Facebook from a year ago. The caption was “Step into Monday like a champion.” I liked the concept of me taking a step in the photo, with the caption of stepping into something positive.

To caption the same photo today, it would say “Step into Something New.”

Doing something new isn’t always instant. It takes months, or even years, of thought. Seeds are planted. Ideas comes up. And then you do something about it.

May 2021, we were still in the pandemic. This was around the time I decided I wanted to switch careers. Mind you, writing will always be in my heart, and in some way or another I will always be a writer. Hell, I’m still getting royalty checks from my books. But after you see your books in Barnes & Noble stores, you’ve reached a pinnacle. Where do I go from here? I can keep doing the same thing, continue writing books and articles. Or I can try something different that is also dear to my heart. Why not? You’re never too old to learn.

Last spring, I dabbled in art as a hobby. And then became a certified feline behaviorist.

Yes, cats are my favorite animals. But I love all animals, especially the furry little critters like hamsters, chinchillas, mice, rats, and guinea pigs. I’m also fascinated with fish. And birds.

I see these gentle creatures and it calms me. I want to learn more about them. How to befriend them. How to make them not be frightened. I want to also learn from them. What is it like to be so small in a world so big?!

I’ve investigated what careers there are that involve working with animals. I found something and am now on my way to a certification as small animal specialist!

Will this new career work out as successfully as my writing career? Time will tell.

But I am ecstatic to begin something new, with pets showing me the way! I look forward to working with my new teachers!

Photo swiped from Google

If you liked this blog, buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

International Dance Day 2022

Published April 29, 2022 by Maryanne
Dancing at Cake, NYC, 1995

Happy International Dance Day!

Even if you’re not that great of a dancer (I’m not!) you can’t deny how good it feels to move your body to music. Don’t feel insecure if you don’t have rhythm or the moves like Jagger, just get out there and do it! It’s not only great exercise, but it’s good for your soul.

I got the moves like jaguar, I got the moves like jaguar,
I got the moooo-ves…..

If you liked this blog, buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

My Guest Appearance on Anti-Bullying 101 Podcast

Published April 27, 2022 by Maryanne

I was honored to be a returning guest on James Burns’ “Anti-Bullying 101” podcast.

Some of the topics included: How I used humor to get the bullies off my back; advice to parents who have children who are being bullied; and much more.

James Burns is so awesome with his anti-bullying mission. In addition to my podcast, I encourage you to check out others as well.

You can hear my guest spot via this link: https://anchor.fm/james-burns5/episodes/Meet-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta-e1ho8u0/a-a7ql7es

Or you can view it on my anti-bullying YouTube Channel, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh3cqhKbdWA

If you liked this blog, buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Pre-Pandemic and All is Well

Published April 26, 2022 by Maryanne
April 2019, Asbury Park, New Jersey

This morning I came across this photo of my husband and myself. We were in Asbury Park having coffee prior to the movie premiere of “Echo Canyon.” After the movie we saw live performances by Jakob Dylan, Jade, Cat Power, and others at The Paramount. I even scored the set list.

Not a care in the world. Who knew what was to come less than a year later? Careers tanked. As a public speaker, one by one, I received calls of gigs being cancelled. But, even worse, many got sick. I was lucky to avoid getting Covid, but some friends did, and one even died from it, along with several friends who died from other ailments. All in all, it was a very bad two years. Though my husband and I are positive people and we were able to produce some good–like creating music videos together and embracing parks and outdoor dining. I also was able to salvage some of my public speaking gigs via Zoom.

I don’t watch the news much, but it looks like we’re nearing the end of a dark, two-year tunnel. In New Jersey, masks are only required at medical places like the chiropractor and dentist. And some hair salons still require masks.

My husband and I have been attending in-door concerts again for the last six months, and planning even more. We’ve also been going to movies, and even running into friends we haven’t seen for some time.

It seems like life is getting back to normal and it’s all been a bad dream. The truth is, we’ll never get back the friends who had passed, as well as some of the opportunities.

We just have to keep looking forward. Or even looking backward, at a more innocent time, like April 2019.

If you liked this blog, buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos