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“Senior” Prom

Published April 23, 2015 by Maryanne

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Today I presented “Senior Prom” at NJ Eastern Star Home (http://www.njeasternstarhome.com/).

“Senior Prom” is a program I developed to share with seniors the positive benefits of companionship, whether it’s a spouse, friend or family member. And how love/friendship ties in with other ways to take care of yourself including eating healthy, exercising, positive thinking and not smoking.

I had a wonderful time at NJ Eastern Star Home. It’s always extra special when residents tell you, “I love you.” I look forward to going back!

“Senior Prom” is a one-hour presentation available for libraries, assisted living facilities, senior centers, etc. For pricing and availability, please contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

For other programs, please visit my website: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

 

“Italian American Food, Family and Community” at Carlstadt Public Library

Published April 2, 2015 by Maryanne

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Last night I presented my lecture: “Italian American Food, Family and Community” at the Carlstadt Public Library and I had a blast! Website: http://carlstadt.bccls.org/

About 40 people showed up — and one was artist Andrea Mistretta: http://www.mardigrasgraphics.com/

I was thrilled when she gave me two of her prints! I never met her before and it was an awesome surprise.

This presentation was poignant as I had a few other firsts. Another lady said I moved her to tears, reminding her of things she hadn’t thought about in a long time. Then a male patron called his friend on the phone and said, “Come see this!” And she showed up!

Rebecca, the adult program coordinator, was a perfect host! And I’ll probably be back next year! I drove home, almost in tears because I was so happy. What a great group and what a great library!

Here is the synopsis for my program:

Italian American Food, Family and Community

Between 1820 and 2004, about 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the United States. Italian women who arrived during the massive immigration period had to quickly adapt to new and unfamiliar social and economic conditions. Learn how, during that time frame, Italian women placed highest priority on family, remaining strong while adapting to new circumstances and used their home-based economic skills in order to avoid factory work.

Also discover how in the second half of the 20th century Italian American women excelled in practically all fields such as politics, television, health and more. And how today, even though many Italian Americans have inter-married within other ethnic groups, they kept a sense of their culture including Italian food, drink, art, and above all, family commitment – all of which has made its way into American culture.

For more information on other lectures I have available for libraries, rotary clubs, senior clubs — and yes, Italian clubs, please visit: www.peartreeenterprises.com

Confirmed! I’ll be Speaking for NotMom in Cleveland this October!

Published March 7, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_6304Proud to be a Kitty Mom!

“National Be Heard Day” is a perfect day to share that October 9, I’ll be speaking for The Not Mom Summit in Cleveland, Ohio. My topic is: “Mean, Rude, or Ignorant? Smart Responses to Unsolicited Comments.”

I’m extremely honored that The Not Mom (http://thenotmom.com/) choose me to speak and even more proud is that they found me via this WordPress blog!

When I received an email from them, I was thrilled! For a little over a year I’ve been a public speaker in New Jersey at libraries, women’s groups, antique groups and assisted living facilities. Occasionally I’ve traveled to Pennsylvania to speak, but this will be the first official road trip I’ll be taking. The hotel where the event is held is right across the street from The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. I’ve been there before, but not with my husband, so we’re making this event an exciting road trip too.

For those interested, here is the blog that got the attention of The NotMom, my blog about Mommy Jacking: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/mommy-jacking/

I’ve also written another “not mom” type blog which I feel should be brought to attention as well, “Having Kids is a Blessing, But so is Not Having Kids”: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/having-kids-is-a-blessing-but-so-is-not-having-kids/

As a person who is basically shy and mostly vocal around people I love and trust most (or in front of an audience) blogging and writing professionally has helped give me a voice — a voice that spoke volumes, inspiring and influencing other people.

With this blog post, I’d love to encourage all of you readers, especially those who are shy and/or quiet, to continue writing your thoughts and views. You never know what the grand result may be.

See you in Cleveland!

Note: For a list of public speaking topics I offer, visit my website (www.peartreeenterprises.com). For pricing and availability, contact me at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com