Dean Martin and The Golddiggers, 1977

We hail the King of Cool, Dean Martin, member of the legendary “Rat Pack” with a tribute on June 9th for his 100th birthday.

Dean Martin’s 100th Birthday Tributes

Dean Martin was smoking hot with his natural charisma that we all loved. He was known for holding a cigarette or a glass of alcohol but this was not why he was known as, the King of Cool. Did you know that the glass that Dean carried was usually filled with apple juice and his cigarette was usually not lit?


I had the pleasure of performing with Dean Martin on stage and television sharing many laughs behind the scenes during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. During Dean’s later years, he would joke with the audience saying, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” Truth said in jest.



A flashback to the past propels me into the future and into a Smoking Cessation class held at the Center for Healthy Living, Kaiser Permanente. This is where I facilitate as a Lifestyle Educator with a professional staff dedicated to helping patients in their desire to thrive.


A “Freedom from Tobacco” class can give you the tools to liberate yourself from smoking and benefit your health. In this class a patient will learn the “5 D’s” to help them stop the craving.

  • Deep breathe
  • Delay using tobacco (at least 5 minutes)
  • Drink water
  • Do something else (keep busy)
  • Discuss your craving with someone.

These 5 D’s can also be applied to any addiction including food cravings. At Kaiser Permanente, these evidence-based techniques will be explored to empower you in our interactive workshops.

Start today to take better care of yourself. A healthy YOU is SMOKIN… HOT’!



To you health,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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* My sister, Linda Eichberg and I wrote a book about backstage stories with Dean Martin and entertainment legends of the 20th Century. Check it out on Amazon

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Living in the Present

Living in the Present

Give your present to the world… YOU!

Okay, I’m sure you heard the phrase, ‘the present is our present,’ meaning our gift… blah, blah, blah… but it’s the truth! The good news is we can discover our present and our truth every day. Wow! What a concept! So, everyday can be a celebration of life or….

I know what you’re thinking! I can hear the trickling of cynicism beating on your brain but I’m not a Pollyanna! However, I used to be until I lived life into my September years.



Inspiration from Rocky Balboa


Life has many twists and turns. In the following movie clip, ‘Rocky Balboa’ explains what life can do to your spirit. The setting is familiar to me because I was born in Philadelphia. I’m a huge fan of all the ‘Rocky’ movies!


Rocky Balboa’s Inspirational Speech to his son


One thing I have learned…



 It is a great comfort to know that I am never alone. God is always with me and Jesus is my friend, the ‘present’ that keeps giving.

Bible verses from the book of Psalms…

“The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.” – Psalms 145:20

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”Psalms 62:8




Living in the present… Observing change… Proceeding with caution

The change of seasons and the changes of life can be a curiosity.

As the hot sun beats on the Malibu Beach, I am impelled to walk down to the Pacific Ocean to cool off. The mighty ocean waves pull me in different directions just like life. The currents tug at my legs while my feet sink deeply into the sand. As I use my core strength to maintain my balance, I dare not catch a wave to body surf. Still, I can feel refreshed as I watch the marvel of it all.

Wishing you a wonderful present,

Maria Lauren (aka: Maria Elena Alberici-Riccio)



Your Powerful LIFE blog is about Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment…. It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted.