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Grateful

Published October 10, 2021 by Maryanne

After having a great vegan meal, including a vegan pumpkin donut, I saw this cute photo op outside of the restaurant. “Grateful” is a beautiful word I like to use every single day. Each morning I get up and write a list in my diary, between 3 to 10 things I am grateful for. Some days I go all the way to 11 or 12!

But what I am most grateful for, is the person who took this photo of me. The person who rarely wants to be in the photos. The person who is confident enough to let me shine. That person is my husband, Dennis.

Each morning I am so grateful for him, because he’s the kind of guy that gets up with a smile on his face. Every. Single. Morning.

We share a great love for music and animals, especially cats. That is our biggest connection. We’re always listening to music in our home. We start our days with music and a cup of coffee–and the cats. The cats who always want to be part of the family, because they are. Three little individual souls who have their unique purr-sonalities. They make us laugh. They snuggle with us. They appreciate us. They are so grateful. Yes, cats are grateful.

Musicians are grateful too. When you ask for a photo or an autograph, that makes their life worth living. Musicians thrive on fans buying tickets to their shows, and purchasing their music. They need us. So don’t ever feel ashamed of being a fan. I am proud to be one!

I am grateful for food. Food that nourishes me and keeps me healthy.

I am grateful to live in a nice house, in a safe neighborhood.

I am grateful for clothes. I love new, upscale clothing. But I also love thrift shopping. Both have their positives. New clothes = new energy! They illustrate who you are today, right now. And old clothes are healthier for you (because they dye doesn’t get into your skin) and the environment.

I am grateful for creativity. I am lucky to be able to make a living as a writer. And in my spare time I take art classes. I am not great at it, so I don’t make money off my art. Nevertheless, it’s fun.

What are you grateful for?

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

She is available for blogging, editing, and writing. She is also available for book signings and speaking engagements. She is now coaching aspiring writers via ZOOM.

Maryanne 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

Oreos are Not Vegan

Published October 9, 2021 by Maryanne
Photo by Doruk Yemenici

Sugar, cane sugar, and brown sugar are not vegan. They are processed via a bone char filter, just like many alcoholic beverages. I share this because many so-called vegans shame others who eat meat, yet continue to drink alcoholic beverages without doing their homework. This is why veganism is a lifestyle, not a diet. You have to research, research, research. Oreos are said to be vegan. They are not because they have sugar. Always question vegan bakeries and vegan food. I used to not want to be “that person” but in my spiritual growth, I will be “that person” for the animals.

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

She is available for blogging, editing, and writing. She is also available for book signings and speaking engagements. She is now coaching aspiring writers via ZOOM.

Maryanne 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

National Inner Beauty Day

Published October 7, 2021 by Maryanne
Pets are the masters of inner beauty

Since we were young, we were taught it’s what’s on the inside that counts. How quickly that grows old once we get in school and the pettiness and cattiness begins. That can make anyone grow ugly right before our eyes.

In school I was bullied. The bullies, both male and female, never looked good to me. The ugliness that was on the inside found its way to the outside. Why were these kids so ugly? Perhaps their parents didn’t drill it into their head, the most important thing in life is being kind to others.

When we get older and get into the work force, it doesn’t end. Even if you’re self-employed it doesn’t end either. There’s always an ugly person out there trying to make someone else’s life miserable because they are miserable.

The thing is, if we are bullied, we have to realize it’s not us, it’s them. People bully for three reasons: 1. They are jealous of you. 2. They want to be like you. 3. They don’t like themselves.

It makes total sense. Why would a happy, secure person want to hurt someone? They wouldn’t. Only angry people with issues do. And it’s THEIR responsibility to make right with themselves, not yours. You can never make someone like this happy, so don’t exhaust yourself trying to get them to like you. It’s not in their heart. They are broken.

Three years ago I made the following video, “How do you want to be remembered when you die?” I share my reaction to hearing about an adult bully dying. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbSuOdgsNm0

It seems so morbid, but it’s honest. I’ve spoken to others who have had the same reaction when they heard nasty people passed. Perhaps it’s a relief, especially in this day and age when people spread rumors quickly on the internet.

While we shouldn’t be worried about what people think of us, it’s important how we treat others, whether they like us or not. It’s perfectly okay to put a person in his/her place if they make cruel comments to you. And it’s perfectly okay to vent to a friend about someone who is not so nice. But don’t let someone’s bad attitude steal your own inner beauty. Those of us who are caring and empathic can easily fall into a sad spiral if we’re the target of someone else’s negative attitude. Try to brush it off, and not think about it. Know that it’s not your fault. There are just some very unhappy people in this world. Don’t let that stop you from being your kind-hearted, awesome self.

You can read more about this topic in my book, “I Don’t Want to Be Like You” (https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261)

I also touch on bullying in my book, “Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” (https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227)

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

She is available for blogging, editing, and writing. She is also available for book signings and speaking engagements. She is now coaching aspiring writers via ZOOM.

Maryanne 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

In Defense of Vegan Treats

Published October 2, 2021 by Maryanne
(Photo by FitNish Media, Courtesy of Unsplash)

While searching for vegan blogs, I came across a few who that put down the vegan lifestyle because of all the promotion towards fake meats and sugary treats. That was my issue prior to becoming vegan. I saw so many unhealthy products out there I felt I’d quickly fall into that trap myself.

With the help of a hired vegan health coach, I got myself on a regimen of eating 100 percent vegan goodness all week long. Then I allow myself vegan “junk food” on the weekend–or special occasions.

For example, a typical week day meal menu would look like this:

Breakfast: Vegan protein/omega 3 shake with fresh pineapple and arugula greens; oatmeal with walnuts, carrots, blueberries. Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Lunch: Kale salad with black beans, fresh beets, tomatoes, nori, cucumber, sesame seeds, Miyoko’s vegan cheese, and dressing of apple cider vinegar (with the mother), first pressed olive oil, coconut aminos, and maple syrup. And fresh herbs: basil, sea salt, pepper.

Dinner: Brown rice with mushrooms, broccolini, stir fried with avocado oil and a smaller side salad.

Throughout the day I’ll drink herbal teas and/or kombucha and/or cold-pressed juice and water. If for any reason I’m hungrier, I’ll have a slice or two of a vegan bread or a piece of fruit, but usually this menu does the trick.

On the weekends–or for special events, like a midweek concert or a birthday–I do indulge myself. Whether it’s vegan ice cream or a cupcake or a boxed Daiya pizza or faux fish, I enjoy guilt free.

Why? First, I’m not on a diet. Since I became vegan, I actually lost weight. Second, socializing and celebrating is healthy. Third, it’s easier to stay vegan if you allow yourself treats, in my opinion. And finally, a treat is usually a meal out at a vegan restaurant, faux fish with a salad, or a vegan cupcake. It’s not like I’m pigging out on boxes of Oreos or eating pasta piled sky-high on my plate.

If you take any health-minded person, vegan or not, gym rat, or yoga chick, they will admit to having something “bad” every now and then. Most non-vegans reading probably have pizza or ice cream or wings on occasion. So why are our treats so evil in your eyes? Yes, some vegans abuse the bad stuff, just like meat eaters who go to McDonalds a little too often. It goes both ways.

Of course you’ll have the diehard vegans who avoid sugar or processed foods at all cost. More power to them. I was one of those people 16 years ago, when I was a raw foodist. So it is possible. But at this stage in my life, balance works for me. Most of the treats I go for are “lesser of the evil” type delights anyway. Though I’ve been vegan a short time, I was health conscious most of my adult life. I’d rather have a vegan mousse made with avocados and cocoa powder than a sugary sweet vegan cake with a ton of icing and sprinkles. But if I did try it, it would be a small forkful. If my husband has vegan whole wheat dumplings at a restaurant, I’ll taste half of one and enjoy my quinoa salad.

Whenever you view what you don’t understand, train yourself to think more in a gray manner. Not everything is black and white. Vegans are excited about the faux meat because it helps people transition to veganism. It’s not a way of life for all of us. There are many like me who prefer an organic home cooked meal over dining in a restaurant, but hey, I love to support vegan restaurants, vegan products, and vegan bakeries too.

Maybe meat eaters can try a vegan treat sometime. You won’t even know it’s vegan. The cows will love you for it!

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

She is available for blogging, editing, and writing. She is also available for book signings and speaking engagements. She is now coaching aspiring writers via ZOOM.

Maryanne 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

From Vegetarian To Paleo To Vegan — And It Feels Like HOME!

Published October 1, 2021 by Maryanne
Eat your veggies! (Photo by Jeff Danze)

I just got off the phone with a new vegan friend. We shared our stories of how we became vegan. I went first and told her mine was long-winded. It was refreshing to share my on-again/off-again journey with someone so sweet and unjudgmental.

As a child, I did not like meat. I’d hide it in my napkin or feed it to the dog. When I was 22, I decided to no longer eat meat. This was in the 1980s and back then if you were a vegetarian, you were looked at as if you had two heads. People thought it was weird that I wasn’t eating pizza. And if I was stressed and had some vegan candy, I’d hear rude comments, “What do you do when you really go off the deep end? Eat meat?”

But I put up with it. For 28 years. (And the comments were worse when I was a raw foodist for a few years, but that’s another story). During these 28 years of being vegetarian, I dabbled in veganism on and off.

Then I hit my 50th birthday and menopause was upon me. I began having dizzy spells and getting kind of sluggish. Three male nutritionists said I’d be better off with some meat. Against my better judgement, I said a prayer to the animals and began to consume grass-fed beef. But I continued to stay away from pork, lamb, and veal. For some time I followed the paleo diet and I did feel better.

Last year during the pandemic, something happened. I changed. For the better. I wasn’t sad or stressed about anything. My husband and I continued to thrive in our careers during the pandemic. However, I did feel a sense of loss because one of my best friends died, not of Covid, but a heart attack. The best thing I could do for dealing with it was look inward.

I used to meditate in the 1980s. I somehow came across the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza and started doing his meditations, and other ones–twice a day. What came out of it was not only being incredibly at peace, but having greater compassion for both people and animals. My husband and I had just took in a feral kitten that was abandoned. My bond grew so strong with the kitten and it led me to study feline behavior.

When I got my certificate, I was looking for a shelter to volunteer at. None of them got back to me. Perhaps because we’re still in a pandemic? I don’t know.

I started following more animal groups on Facebook, to continue learning about cats and other animals.

Pigs were always my favorite farm animal. Protecting them was my biggest concern during my original run with vegetarianism. I never paid much attention to cows. Then watching what loving creatures cows are, on Dodo videos and videos on vegan pages, it inspired me give up meat again.

Then a few months later, while on one of our vacations, my husband and I were in a sea aquarium. A stingray kept going over to him. It seemed they made a connection. Then I saw a beautiful octopus. He winked at me! I can’t eat octopus anymore, I thought to myself. I just can’t.

I’ve been to aquariums before, but this time, due to all the meditation I was doing, I was moved like never before. These are living beings and we are one with them. With that in my head, I decided to stop eating fish. Might as well give up rennetless cheese too. And a vegan was born. Cold turkey. It wasn’t a hard decision to make. All the time I was on the paleo diet, I never stopped buying cruelty free/vegan make-up products. I never stopped going to cruelty free/vegan hair salons. And I never drank alcohol that wasn’t vegan. Absolute Vodka and White Claw were always my go-to drinks.

My husband asked me if I was sure eating vegan was what I wanted to do. He pointed out that I was feeling great, that the dizzy spells stopped, and I was sleeping good. That was all true, so I decided to hire a vegan health coach to make sure I was doing it right this time. I now knew too much, and experienced too much to go back. For months I was following vegan pages on Facebook, educating myself. I saw vegans of all ages thriving on the diet. I knew if I tried one more time I would thrive too. And I wouldn’t go back.

With the health coach, I learned which supplements you needed, and was inspired to experiment with different colored vegetables. I also learned of a service called Imperfect Foods, where you can get cheaper organic produce because it may be bruised or look weird (like a carrot with two legs!)

Now, three months later, I am feeling fantastic and I even lost a few pounds–at age 58! My husband has been eating more vegan meals, and so are my friends when they are around me. I recently signed up as a volunteer for vegan group to help animals.

I’m so happy and at peace with myself. Each day has so much meaning. It’s another day to save animals.

Sometimes I beat myself up and wish I never listened to the nutritionists who told me that I’d benefit from eating some meat. I was a meat eater for almost six years. But I did learn from the experience. The most important lesson is that everyone is on their own journey. People eat meat for their own reasons. Who are we to judge? The best I can do as a vegan, is to humble myself and lead by example. I will never tell a meat eater he or she is a “murderer.” It’s not right. It’s not my business.

But I will go to restaurants and suggest vegan options. I will continue to support vegan companies. I will continue to talk about the fun vegan food I get to eat on weekends (because during the week, I’m a more serious vegan, natural as possible).

It feels good to enjoy oatmeal again, after shunning it for years. And making scrambled tofu brought me back to a beautiful place. It was one of my first favorite vegetarian dishes back in the 1980s.

My husband and I drove past a farm a few weeks ago. He said to the cows, “She’s saving your lives.”

It was a beautiful thing to hear. Yes, I am saving lives. And it feels like home.

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

She is available for blogging, editing, and writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements (via ZOOM during covid). She is now coaching aspiring writers via ZOOM.

Maryanne 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

Taking a Break

Published September 26, 2021 by Maryanne
Maryanne Chrisitano-Mistretta, Keyport, NJ, September 2021

I’m an author, currently working on a book called “The 1990s: The Last Romantic Era.”

It’s about shunning communication via social media. I don’t mean comments on blogs, Facebook, or Linked In. I mean communicating ONLY on computers.

Hear me out. I do have friends in other countries, that I’ve met in real life, and chatting on computers is the most reasonable thing. But there is no excuse for any friend in my state or the USA not to pick up a phone to call.

What lead me to this was the obvious. Too many miscommunications via emails/Messenger. Arguments could easily been avoided.

Yes, in the 1990s, I was a lot younger and more full of piss and vinegar, so fights were inevitable. I will admit that. I had no patience and was often angry. Acquaintances and friends passed through my life faster than cars on a freeway.

I’m now 58-years-old, much calmer, but honestly communication via emails and Messenger can grate my nerves. It’s just so ugly when someone answers a well thought out email or message with “OK” — or if they don’t answer at all. It’s the modern version of hanging up on someone. Not cool in my book. The only way to stop the madness is to stop it, period. That’s a lot of control, right there.

Taking such a stand in this so-called modern world is considered weird. I was recently told by a client that I wasn’t “normal” because I don’t like to text on a Smart phone. But to me, texting is not healthy and shouldn’t be considered normal. Just because there are so many smokers and drinkers, does that make it right? No. For six months I used a Smart phone for a job I had editing a series of hyper local newspapers. When I moved on and returned the phone to the publisher, it was a relief. The ball and chain was disabled and I was FREE!

Next I had the issue of people not answering emails, so I ditched that. At least with Messenger on Facebook I could see who got my messages but were choosing to ignore me. That blew up in my face as well. I had to put my foot down. Typing on a phone or computer in an situation that is not business related is not my favorite way to communicate. My mind was made up. No more emails and no more Messenger.

Two people who have supported my decision were my husband (because he thinks communicating via social media is not normal); and my sister, Kim, who loves the idea of chatting over a cup of coffee, on the telephone–and writing letters! (Now I have a reason to buy some cute stationery again and to use my Love stamps – YAY!)

I have boxes of poems, letters, and cartoons people sent me via the mail. I’ve also kept every card friends have given me. Cards that have the DNA of people I care about. Cards I can hold in my hand.

This is all not so far fetched. I’ve done Google searches and discovered there are other people out there–of all ages–that shun phones and social media. I am not alone. Just like I’m not alone in being a non-smoker.

Since I made my final decision a few days ago, I am genuinely happier. I’m reading more. I’m being more creative. And I feel as if I’m the master of my life. I’m not giving in to the masses.

Just because something is a little different, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Give it a try. Communicate via phones only for a month. Let me know if it makes a difference in your life!

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

She is available for blogging, editing, and writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements (via ZOOM during covid). She is now coaching aspiring writers via ZOOM.

Maryanne 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

Embrace Yourself

Published September 25, 2021 by Maryanne

A few months ago in art class we did a nude drawing, using a sculpture of Venus De Milo as a model.

Of everything we do in art class–painting, crafts–drawing is my absolute favorite.

I wanted to add the side message “Embrace Yourself” because we all should. I purposely made one breast a little larger than the other and fuller thighs. Even my letters are written on the sloppy side. That is the beauty of not being a professional artist, the imperfections give the piece character. It gives surrealism to realism.

Over 50 Modeling

Published September 24, 2021 by Maryanne
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta (Photo by Jeff Danze)
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta (photo by Jeff Danze)
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta (Photo by Jeff Danze)

Shots by Jeff Danze, September 2021

I am 58-years-old.

Writing is my career; modeling has been my side gig since the 1980s. I’m by no means a runway model. I’m only 5’2″ and curvy. However, I continue to do this to show women, that it’s okay to be way over 50 and still look cute (or sexy).

I do not have any plastic surgery or Botox. That is my choice. All my make-up is cruelty free and vegan. My current hair was glazed red last month at a vegan salon.

Fashionably Late is Out of Style

Published August 30, 2021 by Maryanne
Photo by Pierre Bamin

I remember when I was a tween and going to a family event with my mother. I noticed the clock and said, “We’re going to be late.”

“It’s okay,” said my glamourous mom. “We will make an entrance.”

This was the 1970s and it was cool to be late. But according to Forbes magazine, it’s an old, tired trend–and that was back in 2010! However, I realized that in the 1980s. Even though bands showed up late at nightclubs, it was the cool, mysterious guests in the audience who caught my eye. It would be someone very unique looking, or very good looking. They would be with friends, or alone in a corner–early in the evening. Then before midnight, that person with the chill vibe would disappear. All that was left were the drunks and the people who really wanted to see the band.

I once had a friend who would take all day to get ready, arrive early, and then disappear before midnight, as if she were Cinderella fearing to turn into a pumpkin. Then again, many people took this route because they wanted to leave the club before the lights went on. It was a thing.

Fast forward to 2020 and being late has nothing to do with enigmatic, it’s about being punctually challenged. Many see it as rude. Someone brought this to my attention in the early 1990s. No, it wasn’t me who was late, I was always on time. But I used to host poetry readings. I wouldn’t start the event until every guest who said they were coming arrived. And some were always late. That didn’t sit well with the guests who arrived on time; or early. Can you blame them? In fact, one brought it to my attention, “Why do you wait to start? It’s not fair to us who showed up on time.” That is so true. Plus, those who came early had other parties to go to. As the Johnny Come Latelys were walking on, the early birds were walking out. Of course they didn’t want to be late for their next event.

As a person who is a stickler for being on time, I have to agree it’s very annoying when I’m made to wait. As a person in my 50s, who has lost many friends and family members, the first thing that goes through my mind when someone is late is, “I hope they are okay.”

Why would anyone want their friend to worry? If I’m running late, I always make that phone call. That’s right, a call, not a text. That’s a class act!

Arriving late at a movie theatre or concert could possibly piss off an entire row of people. So why do it?

There’s that running joke about the family member who is always late. “Oh, he will be late to his own funeral.” Ha-ha-ha, everyone laughs. But according to an article in Huff Post, running late “is not endearing, it’s not cute, it’s a flaw.” If it’s a dinner party, it can totally throw off an evening. If it’s a poetry reading, like mentioned above, or a speaking engagement, making an entrance is not something you want to do, as you will disrupt the whole event. And if you’re late in business, remember time is money. If someone shows up late for one of my phone consults, they get less time as I will still charge for the full hour.

I once waited at a coffee shop for a potential client. After a half hour, she didn’t show, nor did she answer my phone call when I tried to call her. I went on to what I was doing next. Then my cell rang. It was her–now a full hour later. She had just arrived at the place we were going to meet and I was a half hour away. I told her I was not going to do business with her. Getting off on the wrong foot like that doesn’t fly. The last thing any professional wants to deal with is a TW–Time Waster! And before you judge me and think I was being unreasonable, think about my next client. I wasn’t going to disappoint him and be late because Ms. Diva almost held me up. It doesn’t work that way.

Just remember, it’s not about you. Believing that the party starts when you get there is truly arrogant and also disrespectful to the host if he/she gives a specific time on the invite. If you have a problem arriving on time ask yourself what is causing your tardiness? Do you have a problem with time management? This is a serious issue to consider because in today’s world it’s really not cool to make someone else wait on your behalf.

If you want to be in style and make a great impression, arrive on time!

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

She is available for blogging, editing, and writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements (via ZOOM during covid). She is now coaching aspiring writers via ZOOM.

Maryanne 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

My Weekend With The Amazing Kreskin

Published July 10, 2021 by Maryanne
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta with The Amazing Kreskin!

Last weekend, I had the honor to work as celebrity handler to The Amazing Kreskin! (http://www.amazingkreskin.com/)

Some of my older readers may remember him from The Johnny Carson Show. Kreskin is a mentalist who became popular as a guest on talk shows in the 1970s.

For four days, I was hired to serve as his assistant. I drove him from his home in New Jersey, where he lives with four beautiful cats, up to NE ComicCon (https://necomiccons.com/), at the Regency Hotel in Boxoboro, Massachusetts.

Thursday, July 1, we drove up to Massachusetts during a blinding rain storm. It was an adventure I’ll never forget. It took seven hours to make a 4.5 hour trip.

The next day, Kreskin signed autographs and sold plenty of merch. Saturday afternoon, he did a Q&A segment (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7seM7iODYE), followed by an evening performance, which truly was AMAZING! And now, I can tell you firsthand, his act is not rigged in any way, shape or form. He is the real deal!

Other notables at NE ComicCon were Tim Rice, who designed the puppets in Fraggle Rock and Dark Crystal; Butch Patrick, actor best known for playing Eddie Munster on The Munsters television show; (https://www.instagram.com/the_real_butch_patrick_/?hl=en) and actor John Capodice.

Of all the cool things I’ve done in my career, this is truly one for the books. In addition to helping out Kreskin, I’ve made some great friends; and I am also now helping out booking Kreskin for gigs!

If you are interested in having Kreskin perform at your event, contact me directly at: maryannechristiano@maryannemistretta

Tim Rice and The Amazing Kreskin

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta and John Capodice
The Amazing Kreskin at home with one of his four kitties.