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National Kitten Day!

Published July 10, 2020 by Maryanne

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Happy Friday! It’s also National Kitten Day!

For cat and kitten lovers, you may want to check out my book, “Love Cats.” It’s a fiction story that takes place in the 1980s. A spoiled rich girl meets a working class guy and falls madly in love. However, due to her immaturity, and selfishness, she takes that love for granted and messes up — big time. During the break-up, a kitten shows up at her doorstep, and shows her what it’s like to love unconditionally. Check it out here: LOVE CATS

Has a kitten ever changed your life? Let me know in the comments below! (Or simply share a picture of your cat or kitten!)

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

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. In addition to Love Cats, 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: Love Cats

Being Authentic… to Ourselves and Each Other

Published May 28, 2020 by Maryanne

Being Authentic: A Memoir by Morhaf Al Achkar, MD, PhD

Review by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

While many people are complaining about being cooped up during the pandemic, I’m secretly rejoicing because I’ve been doing what I didn’t have much time for before—READING! Since the mid-March lockdown, I’ve read six books, all special in their own right.

Prior to writing this review, I questioned myself… Is it weird to say I can relate to a man who was born in Syria, two years after I graduated high school? A man who became both an MD and a PhD–whereas I struggled just to get my diploma?

First, I took the safe route and wrote the blog as a regular book review. However, after a re-read, my review appeared dull and stale. This author deserves so much more. After he exposed his deep feelings for all to read, I promised myself I should do the same. I do not see that as narcissistic, but rather compassionate. In this review I want people to see me as a person who can find something in common with almost anyone—male/female, young/older, rich/middle class/poor, black/white/mixed. Because this is what the world needs right now, to focus on what we have in common, rather than what sets us apart. (And, honestly, I’ve been quiet about politics for too long, so read on!)

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Author, Morhaf Al Alchar, MD, PhD, and faithful companion, Leo! 

Morhaf Al Achkar has not reached his 40th birthday, yet he ponders death.

I question: Why is he thinking about this now? Perhaps because of his struggle with both Crohn’s disease and a stage four lung cancer; perhaps because he dealt with the devastating loss of his own mother at a young age; or perhaps because we are in the midst a pandemic, all of us facing a virus that has no cure yet. And so many people are at each other’s throats, making it political.

In his memoir, Dr. Achkar strives to be authentic—his true self. And that he is. His story is direct as he gets right to the point with no apologies. And he is vulnerable. There is absolutely no pretense. You do not feel like you are reading a book written by a doctor, with both an MD and a PhD. Instead, you are chatting with a brand new friend.

Growing up in Syria, in a family of nine children, Morhaf often locked himself in a room reading books. He was labeled the “philosopher of his family” by his father. Early on, one of his major struggles was living in a culture “with hypertrophied masculinity.” Men boasting of foolish things like beatings or shootings was the norm. There were also bullies and schoolteachers who were abusive. Wise beyond his years, Morhaf made sense of it all and did not let any of this hinder his growth as a human being. As a person who was also bullied, I relate to this.

Once I began sharing my story to others, I no longer felt shame, but rather a big relief—even empowered! When I read about other people being bullied, it’s a soft spot for me. I can’t help but get a lump in my throat. Then I immediately switch my brain to the good parts of one’s life; their triumphs!

The saving grace in this picture is Morhaf’s mother, a warm, trusting woman, but one of authority and one who greatly valued education. Reading about how his mom pushed Morhaf to take the first steps on the dance floor reminded me of my grandmother.

Grandma practically raised me since my parents were divorced and neither were around much. I think about a family reunion we had when I was about 12. My sister, cousins and I danced to the hired band. When the reunion came to an end, my grandmother encouraged me to “talk to them.” I was shy, but wanted to make Grandma happy, so with my older cousin, we went up to the stage and asked the musicians for their autographs. A parent or grandparent encouraging the kids to dance or talk to someone at a party is a great move to get a kid out of their shy shell.

Another way I relate to Morhaf is not being satisfied with religion and rituals. As a Muslim he reflects on his faith after his mother passes. I was raised without religion, so I had nothing to go by except the standards Catholic holidays that Italian families practiced. When I was 24, I met an older Filipino gentleman who became my mentor. Together we studied religions and philosophies from all over the world.

Remaining open-minded until I met some Christian friends, I decided to give Christianity a chance. But then after my grandmother died, I lost faith, the same way Morhaf felt his faith was faltering after his mother died.

I stopped going to church and celebrating any holidays that had to do with Jesus. When I returned to faith, I took it all with a grain of salt, saving the positive and discarding what seemed overbearing. I now believe in Jesus, but also Buddha, God, and The Universe.

Perhaps this is something people of all faiths go through, but not many admit. So once again, as I’m reading the book, I am grateful to Morhaf for his honesty.

Amongst his great successes, he has had his shares of disappointments too. His passion in activism inspired was an option to leave his family, but after failing a commission-based job, he returned home.

Some of the best times seem to be spent in America. At first, Morhaf lived in Columbus, Ohio with his sister and continued to study. He traveled extensively throughout the USA. In addition to his studies, he had fun adventures that young people experience like dancing, hookah nights, playing cards, consuming cheap drinks, and adopting a canine companion named Leo.

Sadly, dating was an issue, especially in Indiana, where he lived and where many women were prejudiced to his color and didn’t think twice about making racist remarks. It felt terrible to read this. I am sorry that many USA women put a bad taste in one’s mouth, but I want people from other countries to know we are not all that way.

I live in NJ, a democratic state where we are open-minded to making friends of all races and colors—without judgement. I know behind my back my conservative friends and family refer to me as a “Libtard.” It’s wrong and very hurtful.

As a spiritual person, I refuse to retaliate with words and placing derogatory memes on Facebook. Instead I pray for them. And I pray for our president, who I do not care for.

During the month Donald Trump was elected president, Dr. Morhaf was diagnosed with cancer. As a Syrian immigrant he felt affected by the ban on Muslims, fearing he would not be able to say goodbye to his family. He wrote a letter to speak of his struggles. It was published in a Huffington Post blog, entitled “Dear Mr. Trump, You Are Cancer and I Only Live If You Shrink!” The letter explained what it was like to live with what he had then perceived as a terminal illness and as a Syrian immigrant affected by the ban on Muslims. After writing the letter, he felt empowered and liberated him to engage with the Syrian struggle.

I suppose many have friends who have immigrated to the United States and have been affected by Trump’s stance. It is absolutely heartbreaking seeing families being broken up. I know one personally, and will leave it at that to protect their privacy.

Aside from the prejudice Morhaf experienced from American women, he has decided to stay single because he doesn’t want to be a burden to someone should his health fail. I seriously hope he changes his mind because true love is mending.

I’ve shared the story many times and am happy to share it again. When I first began dating my husband I was going to many doctors because I never felt right. A few doctors feared I had cancer. After many ultra-sounds, CAT scans, and countless opinions nothing was found. Seven months after dating my husband, I had one final test that showed I was cancer-free and perfectly healthy! A week later I felt better than I did my entire life! Having a supportive loving person by my side healed me. I believe that!

So, you can see why I’ve enjoyed “Being Authentic” so much. There’s enough to relate to, but also much to learn. And, that, is what a good book should be!

Morhaf’s reflections on life in his later years, while he is now, fortunately, in stable health, we see that he is a true humanitarian and invites others to be as authentic as he is. This is what I wanted from my book, “I Don’t Want to Be Like You.” I want others to share their stories without feeling disgrace. The troubled times are what got you to where you are today. Always remember that.

When we look deep inside ourselves, and share our notions in writing, the reader gets a peek at our true soul. A reader may not “get it” entirely, but the more open an author is, the more we can learn about each other; and love each other. After all, deep down we are more alike than different. This is a book everyone can learn from. And Morhaf will be remembered for writing it.

To purchase “Being Authentic” (and have a sneak peek inside the book) please click on this link: Being Authentic

Follow Morhaf Al Alchar on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/morhafalachkar

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

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. 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: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

 

When to Fire Your Chiropractor (or Acupuncturist)

Published April 15, 2020 by Maryanne

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I’ve been been a fan of both chiropractic care and acupuncture for many years. I alternate between both. Chiro is great because you’re basically in and out. Acupuncture is nice if you like to relax. Since I started using both treatments, I went through many doctors.

Finding a good doctor is like finding a good hairstylist; it takes time. And sometimes you outgrow each other. There is nothing wrong with that. I believe that as a customer, you should be satisfied. Aside from someone not doing a satisfying job, there are other reasons you may want to consider finding someone else. Here’s a few….

  1. He/she is too popular. This should be a good thing, right? Not necessarily. I used to go to someone I really liked. And everyone else liked her too. Whenever I went for a treatment, I’d be waiting at least 15 minutes, sometimes 20. To me, this isn’t cool. Also, the place became to run like an assembly line — in, wait, needles, out; while you could hear full conversations going on in the room next to you. What was once a relaxing spiritual experience with new age music, and a sweet recovery turned into a rush job and not feeling as healed as I remembered. Then one time as she was treating me, and part of my clothing was off, she opened the door to talk to someone. I found this to be rude — and the last straw. I stopped going to her. There were way too many people in the office at one time and I felt more like a number than a patient.
  2. He/she talks too much. This should be a red flag from the get go. When COVID19 lock-down began, I took it upon myself to try to get a long-time kink in my arm fixed. I tried someone who shared a space with another chiropractor I once used. From the first treatment it was constant chatter from her. Talking about things SHE wanted to talk about. Shallow bits, from one dull topic to another. I had visions of her accidentally snapping my neck and killing me because she wasn’t paying attention to what she was doing. I didn’t feel comfortable; or happy. But I figured I wouldn’t be judgmental and gave her a chance and continued going to her twice a week for about a month. It was wrong not to trust my intuition because the last day, my lower back was killing me! It took me three days of doing stretches from a You Tube doctor that I trusted before the back pain subsided.
  3. He/she seems to have a crush on you. It hasn’t happened in over 10 years, but yes, I did have a chiropractor that had a crush on me. It was uncomfortable and I simply told him I wasn’t going back to him. It’s a shame because he was a great doctor and really helped me.
  4. He/she insults you. I think it’s unprofessional for a professional to belittle you. Whether it’s your clothes, weight, or what you look like, this is not cool and none of his or her business. You can always insult them back because of course no one is perfect and we can all say something about each other if we choose to. However, some of us are way too classy to stoop to such a low level. Or we just naturally see only the good in others and would never think to put someone down. But unfortunately, this has happened often over the years. Recently I found an acupuncturist I adored. Then one day she pointed out that one of my eyes were bigger than the other and made a big deal about it. REALLY?! Doesn’t everyone have one eye bigger than the other? I thought this was weird. It couldn’t really count as an insult, but more of an observation. But why make someone feel self-conscious? Also, when I had my first book published, I was very proud and showing practically everyone. Hey, it was my first book! The chiropractor I was using at the time wanted to see the book, so I brought it in to show him. He had the gall to say, “Do you really think this will go anywhere?” I had no answer at the time. It wasn’t a nice thing to say to an aspiring author. His comment put me in a bad mood. Maybe nothing would come out of it? But it DID! That first book had many sales; I got to officiate a wedding for a fan; I was on blog talk radio all over the country, plus regular radio too! I’ve inspired young people to become writers. It led to me becoming a public speaker. I also received royalty checks until the book went out of print (and it’s being sold on Amazon for almost a grand!) I’m now on my fifth book, and it can be purchased in Barnes & Noble. I’ve come a long way since that first self-published book, which went pretty far. And where is that chiropractor? Oh, he moved into a bigger office. Good for him, but he doesn’t have me as a client anymore.
  5. Distance. There are acupuncturists and chiropractors (and even massage therapists) out there who I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, but haven’t seen in awhile simply because of distance. Maybe I used them when I had more time to travel. Or maybe I used them while I was working on a project in their area and it was convenient at the time. Or I moved. But for whatever reason, they are no longer in an appropriate distance to me. When you get out of treatment, you shouldn’t be sitting in traffic, or driving far. You should be relaxing.

Do any of these things resonate with your choice in leaving your holistic health care practitioner? Share your stores in the comments section!

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

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. 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: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

“The Gypsy Smiled” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta-ebook/dp/B074VC7MT9

Turning My Back on Age 55

Published August 18, 2019 by Maryanne

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Today is my last day of age 55.

It’s been an incredible year. My fourth book was published and I wrote a fifth (which will be published later this year). I’ve helped two other people write their books, while I tried to help even more who have given up on the process. Yet I never give up.

It’s been another year of growth, spiritually and creatively. I joined Toastmasters to become a better speaker. I not only won a spot to present a workshop, “Be Your Own Hero,” but I’ve won “Best Speaker,” “Best Evaluator,” and “Best Table Topics.” I’ve continued to present speaking engagements in libraries.

I also started an anti-bullying You Tube channel. And blogging, lots of it for major companies and small businesses.

I’ve loved hard; and I’ve lost hard. Last summer my husband and I took in a beautiful feral cat, Bennie, who chose us to live with during the final months of his short three years. We gave him a happy last few months, then he was put down due to brain cancer. We’ve also lost some friends who died way too young. As well as some high profiles like Shakti Gawain, who has been inspiring me since I found her book in the late 1980s, “Creative Visualization.”

As always, it’s been a year of much fun. Friends, concerts, trips, and lots of laughter. And yet, another cat we adopted back in April–Sammy, with the full name, Samuel Keane Clemens.

I end the year in good health, for which I never take for granted. Young people still tell me, “You look so young” when I share my real age, for which I am always proud of. Many do not make it to 55, so I am so grateful for each day on this planet, and thank the energy we call God or the Universe.

It’s a great life and I’ve manifested it; being in harmony with the universe. Being myself. Being YOUnique. God bless everyone who is a part of my own little world.

Bring on year number 56! I am ready!

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

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing, and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books :

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: Ten Ways to Become Your Own Hero” will be available October 2019. To pre-order, go here: https://kicamprojects.com/shop/be-extraordinary/

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

People Are Still Reading

Published April 21, 2015 by Maryanne

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The other day I was having an issue with Word Press. There’s some glitch, that when I link to my business page, it says, “Page Not Found” even though everything is A-OK on the Go Daddy side of it. Though not really a big deal because if people want to find me, they will find me. I don’t need to be on Face Book either. Yeah, I’m THAT good and have the confidence to say so.

And that is what I want to encourage writers about with this post — not to let others belittle you into thinking the past is the past. Because it’s not. If you’re good, people will always be reading what you wrote, even if it’s from several years ago.

So, getting back to Go Daddy. The support guy told me, “Don’t go crazy fixing all the links. People will only go back so far.”

Uh, no they won’t.

They will dig until their hearts content if they find your blog interesting enough. Why do I know this? Duh — the stats! According to my stats, people are reading blogs I wrote very far back. And why wouldn’t they? It’s GOOD stuff! And not all of it is “dated.”

Sometimes I’ll go through my old blogs and delete things that are dated. And once in a blue moon I’ll delete a vent, but most of the time I’ll keep a vent up because that is when I get the biggest compliments — when I vent. If it wasn’t for a vent, I wouldn’t be going to Cleveland this October to speak for NotMom. And I once had an editor that told me my best writing was when I was angry or disappointed.

But back to the old blogs … which brings me to old books.

Yesterday I was speaking to a friend about royalty checks. She said that they will fizzle out as the book gets old. On the contrary, it’s been over a year since my first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” was published and I’m still selling and having people invite me on their radio shows and to their libraries to promote my book. Yes, even this late in the game. It’s exciting!

My point is … writing is an art that is timeless. It’s like music in a lot of ways. Sure you get that first wave of marketing going after you’re first published, and it seems like the whole world is reading and buying your product … but it’s not over ’til it’s over. And that may be never. Even after you’re long gone. Look at Mark Twain!

One of my former editors said, a few years ago, she was still getting royalty checks for a book she wrote in the 1990s!

A few years ago I found a blog so good, I read the whole four years in one night’s sitting. And not too long ago I found an online diary that was written in the 1970s but published in 2008. That was seven years ago, yet the diary was so fabulous, I immediately contacted the author and set up a lunch date with her! And I can’t wait!

So, keep writing and growing. But don’t ever feel your past is a thing of the past. Savor all you’ve ever written and embrace it. It’s your art, your work, your muse … and there will always be an interest.

Who knows, I just may be reading something you wrote, as you are reading this!

I’ll hit the send button and this post will be brandy new, but if someone finds this post a year, or several years later, give me a shout to let me know, my point is valid! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Writers/Poets Deserve More Credit For Our Imaginations

Published April 16, 2015 by Maryanne

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As I prepare to self-publish my first work of fiction, it haunts me terribly that the general public doesn’t give creative writers enough credit. And so I hesitate to move forward. I’m not talking about book sales by any means. I’m talking about assumptions people make, mainly that a writer is secretly disguising their God-given imaginative talent with some sort of “cover up” that their creations are not all that, but rather truth in disguise.

Many moons ago, in the early to mid-1990s, I was on the rising poet, spoken word scene. I was so confident, I actually gave copies of my poetry to Allen Ginsburg when I met him! Sometimes I look back and flinch at my cockiness. But that’s when I have to take a step back and say, “Hey, don’t second guess yourself.” Authors and poets do need all the confidence they can get because as great as the praise is, so are the knock downs. The worst being when you don’t get credit for your creativity.

During my time as a live poet, I heard it all. Some guys who were infatuated with me thinking every poem was about them. “That one was about me. I know it.”

“Sorry, no.” That was my honest answer.

And then there were other guys who knew they didn’t stand a chance, chastising me for writing about dark topics such as bondage and discipline, assuming it was autobiographical. Hearing “What kind of guys do you hang out with?” in such a condescending manner from someone I barely respected made me shy away from the poetry scene — at least in New Jersey. And so I started performing in NYC where people were more open-minded.

I wanted to strangle the person who made the assumption that my poetry was autobiographical and scream at the top of my lungs: “I’M A WRITER, DAMN IT! GIVE ME SOME CREDIT FOR CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION!”

The first time I had a fiction story published, I was ecstatic. I saw the magazine on a newsstand at St. Mark’s Place in NYC. It was the coolest thing in the world. How great is my life? What could be better than being in NYC and seeing your story on display for all the world to see?

My bubble burst a few days later when a gym friend assumed the story I wrote was about a friend who was having problems in her love life.

This is what we, as writers and creators, struggle with on a daily basis — the personal end of it. The comments, the critiques, the assumptions. It’s just like being bullied in school. People make up their minds about something and you can never do enough to change it.

As I’m on the verge of publishing my first fictitious book, “Love Cats” — a book that takes place in the 1980s, I have to psych myself up to the fact that many people are going to assume that the story is autobiographical. Even though it’s not. Not even close.

When they say, “Write what you know” — I really only know about three things: music, health and how to have a happy marriage. Only one of these three things is in my upcoming book: music.

For me to create many different characters, I had to dig deep into my imagination. It was very hard work, like putting together a jigsaw puzzle that has over 1000 pieces. I also had to do massive research to get certain things right.

This book is truly my baby, my muse, a book I will cherish until I die. I fell madly in love with all my characters whether they were good or bad. So much thought was put into their growth and development. During the writing process I believe I momentarily channeled the work from a higher power because some of the book came to me effortless, while other parts were so hard I had to put it away for months.

So, dear reader, THINK, before the next time you ask a writer or a poet if their work is autobiographical. It’s really a slap in the face whenever we hear such false accusations. Give us some credit for our minds, please? No matter how strange!

And to my fellow writers — this is where I say, not only to you, but as a reminder to myself. There’s always the point where you need to just let go and not worry about what others think. Nothing you do can change that. So don’t go crazy trying to change the worlds’ minds. A simple note inside your book saying, “The characters in this book are  fictitious. Any resemblance to someone alive or dead is purely coincidental” will suffice.

 

 

S.C. Miotto Release Party “Diamond Love”

Published June 8, 2014 by Maryanne

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Today was the release of “Diamond Love” by S.C. Miotto, available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Love-Moonstone-Dreams-Miotto-ebook/dp/B00KPJEI9K

It was an honor and pleasure to work closely with Stefanie Claire again, editing her second book.

The party was held today at Whiskey Cafe in Lyndhurst, New Jersey — with vendors indoors and a giant antique flea market outdoors.

I had so much fun being a vendor there, selling my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” and making new contacts for other possible book editing projects.

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SAM_4807My husband Dennis scored an old copy of Creepy!

Dennis found some great finds outside — a copy of Creepy, a Peter Max chalk board, and other goodies!

SAM_4804With Wendy Basile (seated) of DecoTrash and Cherie Hums

Great getting to meet Wendy and seeing Cherie again. I’m a fan of DecoTrash — I’m now the proud owner of three cuffs! And plan on getting more! Check out the goodies here: https://twitter.com/decotrash

SAM_4818I love this little fox statuette Dennis found for me.

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On the Guest List can be purchased on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

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Health and Happiness!

Published March 1, 2014 by Maryanne

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Today was super cool because I had lunch with my good friend Paulette Szalay, fellow author who wrote the amazing children’s environmental story, “Baggy Maggy and Friends Save Stinkville” (http://www.baggymaggy.com/index.html)

It’s such a great thing to be surrounded by positive, creative people like Paulette. You always walk away with such a natural high! It’s almost a year since we first met and I feel like I’ve known her my entire life!

Earlier in the day, I stopped at The Vitamin Shoppe. I LOVE when they have their expos. They give out a ton of free samples. Many of the samples, I do not believe in as I’m not one to take just anything — especially if it has artificial ingredients and chemical (like a lot of the weight lifting products). However, Vitamin Shoppe does cater to the natural minded and I scored some free freeze-dried wheat grass greens, raw protein and some vitamins that were vegetarian.

I also received a free 15-minute massage from Jen of The Chiropractic Source. It was fantastic! I also had a nice chat with Dr. Marco Ferruci. I told him that I already have a chiropractor (actually TWO!) but I would give his company a shout out since Jen gave me such a great massage. So, for anyone in the Lyndhurst or Caldwell area: http://thechiropracticsource.com/

I highly believe in chiropractic treatment not for just back issues (which I no longer have!) but for allergies, sharper vision, headaches, sinus issues — the possibilities are endless … Chiropractors are truly miracle workers, so do not settle for being in pain!

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I also had the pleasure to run into my friend Scott Lea, musician and hypnotherapist. Like chiropractic care, I am also a fan of hypnotherapy. I mentioned in the past that it has helped me overcome unnecessary worrying. Check out Scott’s site at: http://manageme07.wix.com/asc

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The fun today just wouldn’t stop! When I got home, I received an email from my high school homeroom teacher who said he purchased my book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist.” I was totally stoked to hear that!

I’m getting a ton of positive feedback from people — mostly women. Hmmm … does that mean my memoir is chick lit? Ha-ha!

May I interest you in purchasing a copy? Check it out on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Two Authors!

Published January 18, 2014 by Maryanne

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Life is so amazing that in your daily walk, you never know who you may meet and how much meaning they can bring to your life.

Last April I was assigned to interview children’s author, Paulette Szalay who wrote, “Baggy Maggy and Friends Save Stinkville” — a super cool book about saving the environment.

I’ll never forget that day — it was just a 25 minute ride, but I arrived very late due to massive morning traffic. Yet Paulette was such a doll, we still did the interview and she even autographed a book for my nephew who was 11 at the time.

Here is the article I wrote about her for Paterson Press: http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/Saving_Stinkville_Paterson_teacher_writes_childrens_book_about_pollution.html

After the article came out, Paulette hired me to do some promotional work for her book and one day I met her at one of her book signing events. We ended up getting a bite, then, something magical happened — she became more than a client, she became a FRIEND!

We found we had so much in common and truly enjoyed each others company. As life has it, sometimes you never get to see the people you really like enough, but we always seem to make time for each other.

Being self employed I always work so hard during the week, but keep all my Saturdays open to have lunches with friends. I call Saturday my “friend day.” It’s such a pleasure and honor that Paulette is one of these friends I have lunch with on a semi-regular basis.

Ah, life is GOOD!

Moonstone Dreams by S. C. Miotto

Published July 18, 2013 by Maryanne

Moonstone DreamsCover image by Cerica Photography

Back in March, I began an amazing journey with S. C. Miotto.

I was hired to edit and help ghost write her book, “Moonstone Dreams,” the fictitious adventures of Victoria Carlisle, a 32-year-old woman who seems to have it all, a rich husband, a mansion, a family and drop dead gorgeous good looks. But no one knows the heartbreak she is going through with her distant, abusive husband, Frank.

Enter Collin. A sexy younger stud who adores her. Will Victoria leave her wealthy life behind for someone who seems like the guy of her dreams? And what happens when yet another potential suitor appears from practically out of nowhere? Victoria has options. Which one will she choose? And at what price? With so many twists and turns, “Moonstone” leaves the reader begging for more, more more!

A perfect summer read … or perhaps a read for life!

Within a few months, S.C. (Stefanie) worked her butt off and sent me chapters as she went along. Forty chapters and almost 400 pages later, her book was published and is now moving up in sales on the Amazon charts!

Yesterday, for the first time ever, I got to meet Stefanie in person and have lunch together. We choose Greek Delights in Montclair.

Stefanie is wonderful! Classy, young, driven and talented. And definitely an inspiration.

It was so cool chatting about work and personal things. She autographed my copy and a copy I purchased for my mother.

After we walked each other to our cars, I went on with my day.

When I got home, I flipped through the book (still in shock over how much work we did together, and how gorgeous the book looks!) and noticed she thanked me in her acknowledgements.

Maryanne Mistretta — I saved the best for last! I am truly blessed to have found you and I can’t wait for our future ventures. You’re the only person who I can say has a connection to these characters in ways that nobody else besides me does. You envision everything the way I mean for it to be and help me bring it to life. You’re inspirational and a pleasure to work with. You add sprinkles to the ice cream and I don’t care if that’s corny! Thank you times a million!

Of all the people I’ve worked with in my solo career since I started my writing/book editing/marketing business Pear Tree Enterprises, five years ago, this was the most touching dedication I’ve ever had.

As of now, Stefanie is writing her sequel to “Moonstone Dreams” and I’ve edited a little bit of it.

For more info on S.C. Miotto and her work, visit: https://www.facebook.com/scmiotto

To purchase Moonstone Dreams on Amazon, go here: http://www.amazon.com/Moonstone-Dreams-S-C-Miotto/dp/0615814123