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Hoboken Harvest Festival

Published October 24, 2022 by Maryanne
The backdrop of Manhattan was my “office” this weekend

TAP into Hoboken is one of the many publications I write for as a journalist. Saturday, it was awesome spending the day in Hoboken, New Jersey, reporting on The Harvest Festival, which was back after a two-year hiatus, due to the pandemic. You can read my article here, and see many awesome photos I took of families, children, artists, and more: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hoboken/sections/arts-and-entertainment/articles/16-photos-that-will-make-you-wish-you-didn-t-miss-the-hoboken-harvest-festival

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

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Creator of The Addams Family was From NJ

Published October 20, 2022 by Maryanne
The bust of Charles Addams

Charles Addams, creator of The Addams Family, was from Westfield, New Jersey. The American cartoonist also drew for The New Yorker and his work appeared on many covers.

Each year the town of Westfield, New Jersey, celebrates Charles Addams during the Halloween season. Small businesses paint their store fronts with characters from The Addams Family.

The Rialto movie theatre is currently having a Charles Addams showing. You can see plenty of Addams’ work temporarily housed inside the theater. Learn more here: https://www.centerforcreativity.art/addams-foundation

Me, in front of Charles Addams’ desk!

It was thrilling touching the desk that Charles Addams worked at!

My husband, Dennis, in front of one of Charles Addams’ pieces

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

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

I Live 8 Minutes Away From The Watcher House

Published October 20, 2022 by Maryanne
657 Boulevard, Westfield NJ, October 2022

The Watcher House series is currently a big deal on Netflix.

But those who live in the area were well-aware of these happenings way back in 2014 when it first hit the news — a family was being stalked by mysterious letters.

When my husband and I were first aware of the house, we visited. No one lived there at the time. He was brave and went right up to the porch. I was terrified, so I stayed near the lawn. Who is this “Watcher”? Was he a real person or a psychic phenomena?

Over the weekend, in Halloween mode, we visited The Watcher House again — 657 Boulevard, Westfield, NJ. Because of the Netflix series, there was a line of cars all the way down the street. The home is now occupied and had some Halloween decorations. It was a gorgeous day and quite a few people from other towns were taking photos of the house. We all began having conversations with each other. My husband and I didn’t watch the series and others were telling us how good it was.

Suddenly a car drove by and a woman screamed out the window, “IT’S ALL FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

We all laughed and agreed, “Who cares if it’s fake? We are having FUN!”

My husband and I in front of the Watcher House, October 2022

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

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Having an Unlimited Summer!

Published June 12, 2022 by Maryanne
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, New Jersey

Many people dream of an endless summer. Of course, most likely, that won’t happen. Life goes on with new seasons and/or responsibilities. So, instead of longing for the nearly impossible, why not work with something that can happen? Why not go for an unlimited summer? Make this the summer that you don’t put limits on yourself. You can start with friendships. Become friends with someone who is nothing like you! Stretching your boundaries is the way you learn and grow.

Check out my video about an unlimited summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Jfb_TLYrhs

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

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Montclair NJ

Published May 30, 2022 by Maryanne
Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
My husband, Dennis Mistretta

The iris is, by far, my favorite flower. And iris season is so short-lived here in New Jersey, from mid-May to the very beginning of June, then it’s done. The Presby Memorial Iris Garden in Montclair, New Jersey is a wonderful place for iris lovers, like myself, to visit. I’ve been here so many times over the years. It just never gets old.

Today was a hot and gorgeous day in New Jersey and I ended up taking almost 50 photos of the irises, but the two I chose to feature were my favorites, along with the one I took of my husband, of course.

For more information on Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, visit: https://www.presbyirisgardens.org/

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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

“The Last Picture Show” at Historic Art Center

Published March 12, 2022 by Maryanne

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll see the name Union County Performing Arts Center come up quite a bit. It’s a historic theatre from 1928 in Rahway, NJ. “School of Rock” filmed some scenes there.

Last night my husband and I went to see “The Last Picture Show” directed by the late Peter Bogdanovich. Filmed in 1971, and set in a small town in Texas during the early 1950s, it was a somewhat dark, coming of age movie the featured some pretty cool old country tunes.

I’ll leave the rest as a surprise for those who didn’t see it (you can Wiki the plot though), but I’d like to share a little more about the experience in itself.

Prior to entering the theatre, we were greeted by a really cool guy called Jung Wombats who played guitar for us.

Me, with Jung Wombats

When we got inside, the theatre was giving away free popcorn and coffee. There was also a bar.

Prior to the main feature, we were treated to a guy playing the Wurlitzer, which you can see on the far left in this photo:

Maryanne and Dennis

Then the lights dimmed and before “The Last Picture Show” there were no “coming attractions.” Instead there was a Popeye cartoon from 1944! It was truly a journey back in time.

We are great fans of The Union County Performing Arts Center, and hope to return real soon!

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

New Jersey Winter

Published February 25, 2022 by Maryanne
Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

I love New Jersey. I love that we get four seasons. Winter is not my favorite season, autumn is, but you can’t deny how beautiful the snow is.

A few weeks ago, on Valentine’s weekend my husband and I went to see a cool play, “The Wedding Singer” (you may know the movie with Adam Sandler; it’s one of my favorites). It was a cold day and when we got out of the theatre, three hours later, the wind had picked up and it was dark at 6 p.m. I declined going out for dinner and said to my husband, “Let’s just go home and snuggle!”

As we drove down to the play, earlier in the day, there were so many photo opts. The shots I have in this blog are photos I took from the car, illustrating the beauty of New Jersey in winter.

Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

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

‘To Sir With Love’ and ‘Lean on Me’ — Black Educators That Made a Difference

Published February 21, 2022 by Maryanne
Sidney Poitier and cast of “To Sir With Love”

Yesterday my husband and I saw “To Sir With Love” on the big screen. It’s not only Black History Month, but yesterday was the late Sidney Poitier’s birthday. He died earlier this year, but had he lived, he would have been 95 on February 20, 2022. The movie was shown at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey. This is where portions of “School of Rock” were filmed. My husband and I attended many shows at this theatre throughout the years, including their outdoor concert series prior to the pandemic.

“To Sir With Love” deals with social and racial issues at an inner city school in London. Poitier plays teacher Mark Thackeray, who is waiting to hear about an engineering job he applied for while teaching tough high school students. The movie also features Lulu in the cast of students and also singing her hit, “To Sir With Love.” I won’t give away the rest of it, for those who haven’t seen it, but I will say, I didn’t not expect to get so choked up about it. It was a fantastic movie.

While watching the movie, I was reminded of another male, Black professional who worked in the school system and also handled students with tough love. Paterson, New Jersey principal, Joe Louis Clark. I was honored to write about Clark, not once, but twice in my writing career. First for The Paterson Press, and later on, after his death, I wrote a Joe Clark tribute for Grey Journal: https://greyjournal.net/news/joe-louis-clark-nj-principal-who-inspired-film-lean-on-me-died-age-82/

Joe Clark inspired the 1980s movie “Lean on Me” which you can read more about in my article.

While one film is fictional and another is based on a true story, you can’t deny the impact these films had on society. With one more week of Black History Month, it’s a great time to check out either movie–or both.

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

Happy National Play Outside Day – February!

Published February 5, 2022 by Maryanne
Snow Heart by Mistretta
Sunset by Mistretta

These two gems were taken last year–February 2021–as this year the temperatures in New Jersey are a bit too cold to play outside. But maybe today! It will only be in the mid-to-upper 20s, but the sun is shining!

The first Saturday of each month is National Play Outside Day, to encourage us to get out and have some fun, instead of the usual winter indoor fun like being snuggly, playing with our pets, listening to records, and watching television.

One of my favorite things to do outdoors in the winter is going for long drives, looking at the clouds, and the snow that remains on bare trees. It’s such a pretty time of year in New Jersey.

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.

My Story Featured in an Upcoming Queen Book

Published October 21, 2021 by Maryanne
The above will be featured in an upcoming book by Richard Houghton

I told the story so many times about reaching out to Jim Hutton–and that he wrote back to me. I’m excited to have this story in an upcoming book so the rest of the world can know what a great guy he was. I highly recommend “Mercury and Me” for a true perspective of the relationship between Jim Hutton and Freddie Mercury. It’s poignant and at times hilarious.

After all these years, I still cherish the card. Now you can too, this is it! The kitten’s name was Minky.

Jim Hutton’s kitten, Minky, from a Christmas card he sent me in 1996.